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The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941 film)

The Trial of Mary Dugan is a 1941 American drama and thriller film directed by Norman Z. McLeod, written by Bayard Veiller, and starring Laraine Day, Robert Young, Tom Conway, Frieda Inescort, John Litel, Marsha Hunt, Marjorie Main and Henry O'Neill. It was released on February 14, 1941, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1][2]

The Trial of Mary Dugan
The Trial of Mary Dugan poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Z. McLeod
Produced byEdwin H. Knopf
Screenplay byBayard Veiller
StarringLaraine Day
Robert Young
Tom Conway
Frieda Inescort
John Litel
Marsha Hunt
Marjorie Main
Henry O'Neill
CinematographyGeorge J. Folsey
Edited byGeorge Boemler
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • February 14, 1941 (1941-02-14)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States



Released from a reformatory after two years there for stealing $500, Mary Dugan is advised by a friend there, Agatha Hall, to change her name. Mary decides to go by Mary Andrews and her friend Aggie becomes a showgirl, now called Irene.

Mary's father is hit by a car and killed. The car's owner, wealthy businessman Edgar Wayne, offers her a job. She eventually becomes his private secretary. She also meets the company's attorney, Jimmy Blake, and falls in love. But when Jimmy gets a job in South America, she can't marry him and go along because a birth certificate, required for a passport, would reveal Mary's true identity.

A year later, Jimmy returns because Wayne has been murdered and Mary charged with the crime. He dislikes the way attorney West is handling her case and volunteers to replace him. Wayne's widow testifies that Mary and her husband were having an affair. Jimmy proves that West and the widow schemed to kill her husband, who was leaving her, and make Mary the scapegoat. She is found not guilty.



  1. ^ "The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. ^ "The Trial Of Mary Dugan". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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