A low-budget, New World (i.e., Roger Corman) quickie that turned out to be a good showcase for the budding talents of screenwriter Sayles and director Teague. THE LADY IN RED came at the end of the Corman gangster cycle that saw several uneven and violent biographies of real-life hoods: Al
Capone and Bugs Moran in THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE (1967), Ma Barker in BLOODY MAMA (1970), John Dillinger in DILLINGER (1973), and "Scarface" Al again in CAPONE (1975). Screenwriter Sayles twisted the formula a bit and decided to show the crime community of the 1920s and 1930s through the
eyes of a young woman (Martin) who drifts into a life of crime. She is a small-town ...