Allotment Wives

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Released 1945

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Director:
William Nigh
Released:
1945
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Allotment Wives is the 1945 classic directed by William Nigh and written by Harvey Gates and Sidney Sutherland. It tells the sordid story of women who marry soldiers just so they can live on their significant salaries and capitalize on their life insurance when they're killed in action. Major Pete Martin (Paul Kelly) sets out to investigate these women, going undercover to see if what he really has on his hands is a massive case of fraud. He does interviews as he looks into several marriages among military personnel and the financial claims the women are making. The story grows more complex when Pete discovers that rather than isolated incidents of shrewd and disgusting profiteering, he's looking at an organized crime syndicate led by Sheila Seymour (Kay Francis), who has set up an expansive enterprise. Meanwhile she is trying to keep her own daughter, Connie (Teala Loring), from getting involved in it herself.
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    Film Noir, Classics, Espionage, Thrillers