- The Girls of Old Town
The Girls of Old Town are a group of self-governing prostitutes in the fictional universe of Frank Miller's "
During the days of the Gold Rush, when the town of Basin City had just been settled, the
Roark family"imported" a large number of women from across the globe into the open and uncontrolled area, turning a struggling mining camp into a thriving, bustling city and securing themselves a vast fortune and almost uncontested control over the city. These women ended up forming the district that would become Old Town, the prostitute quarter. In addition, the people charged with governing the city, most of them from the Roark line, remained in power for generations, running it as they saw fit. It is suggested by "The Big Fat Kill" that during this time, Old Town's female residents were subjugated and virtually enslaved under the combined malign influence of politics, pimps and mobsters, making deaths, beatings, drug addiction and rape an ugly reality to most residents.
However, at an unspecified time, the women formed a truce with the police department, allowing the women to defend their own turf, drive out the pimps and mobsters and administer vigilante justice to those that wronged one of their own. The cops get a slice of the profits and 'free fun' outside of work hours. If a cop tries to enter the boundaries of Old Town while on duty, he is sent back with his tail between his legs, usually after being humiliated by the girls, but he is sent back "alive". "The Big Fat Kill" illustrates the danger of what would happen if a cop were ever discovered to have been murdered on Old Town turf, and the lengths the mob were willing to go to in order to seize control of the neighborhood.
The girls themselves are portrayed fairly sympathetically in the series, usually as hookers with hearts of gold in a male-dominated metropolis, whilst not averse to issuing their own brand of justice on those that cross them. Many of the characters appear as caricatures of popular female stereotypes and pop culture icons, such as Old Town girls dressed as
Wonder Woman, Zorro, Southern belles and cowgirls.
*Goldie and Wendy, the twin prostitutes who are currently in charge of Old Town, taking control of the neighborhood just prior to the events of "A Dame To Kill For". While little is revealed about Goldie initially, and indeed the resemblance between the two is so uncanny that even Marv is fooled upon first meeting Wendy, he surmises that Goldie must have been 'the nice one' after taking several beatings from Wendy, (who had thought him responsible for her sister's murder at the beginning of "The Hard Goodbye".) However, once Wendy comes to understand that Marv's motive is to avenge her sister, she joins his quest and is touched by the lengths he will go to see this through. She softens to him, seeming to empathize with his plight, maybe even developing feelings for him. When Marv is incarcerated pending execution Wendy comes to him to spend the night. She tells him he can call her Goldie (her sister's name) so that he can pretend to be with the woman he loved and for whom he risked everything. Following his execution, she is shown on at least one occasion wearing Marv's cross around her neck. In the movie both are played by
*Gail, a prostitute,
dominatrixand one of the authority figures of Old Town, second only to the Twins. Standing 6 feet tall and wearing an outfit made of a combination of leather, fishnet stockings and metal studs, and occasionally bondage masks. She's often seen wielding an Uzisubmachine gun. She has a love-hate relationshipwith Dwight McCarthy, who claims the only reason he is still alive at all is 'that one fiery night when she was mine' and the unreturnable love she feels for him. As of the end of "The Big Fat Kill", the status of their relationship is in question, although the ending of "The Big Fat Kill" in the movie adaptation, and the events of "Family Values", don't rule out the possibility that the two are lovers once more. Miller has said on the audio commentary track for the movie that Gail's character is comparable, in many ways, to that of Catwoman. She is played by Rosario Dawson.
*Miho, a highly skilled, rollerskate-savvy assassin who trains and protects the women of Old Town. Among her arsenal are twin
katanasamurai swords, throwing stars in the shape of the Manjisymbol, and a Mongolian longbow. Popular belief maintains she is not a prostitute.
*Sally, an Old Town girl and Joey's mistress, who tries to kill her to cover-up his infidelity. Luckily Dwight, who was photographing him, smashes through a window and saves her.
*Molly, an Old Town girl who is seemingly a doctor and expert surgeon. She saved Dwight's life, at Gail's insistence, when he was repeatedly shot by
Ava Lord, and later performs surgery on his face to alter his appearance.
*Kelley, Sandy and Denise, a group of Old Town girls who were victims of a group of white slavers led by a man named Manuel. Though their fate was never revealed, Dwight presumably made sure their jailers were dealt with accordingly.
*Becky, a young Old Town
prostitutewho is instrumental in getting Jackie Boy killed by Miho. She also works for Herr Wallenquist as a spy, mainly because she did not want her mother to discover that she was a prostitute, partly because he offered her a considerable sum of money and a new life. Gail later finds out that Becky is a spy and bites off Becky's left side of her neck and then later shoots her down during 'The Big Fat Kill'. In the epilogue of the movie adaptation, Becky is only shot in the arm during the Big Fat Kill and escapes to the hospital. In the hospital on an elevator she meets Salesman, reenacting the Customer is Always right scene. Becky is played by Alexis Bledel.
*Dallas, Old Town prostitute and Miho's driver. Gunned down by mercenaries. In the movie she is sometimes seen wearing a
*Tammy, an Old Town 'nurse' who Liebowitz uses to taunt and torture Hartigan.
*Carmen, Old Town prostitute with a traumatizing past; lesbian lover to Daisy. Unintentionally gunned down in the Magliozzi hit on Bruno.
*Daisy, Carmen's lesbian lover. Avenges her death by killing the remaining Magliozzi family members.
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