A G-man goes undercover to infiltrate a gang, helping the group's leader escape from prison to gain his trust.

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A G-man goes undercover to infiltrate a gang, helping the group's leader escape from prison to gain his trust.

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31 May 1935 (USA)  »

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This movie was banned in Sweden by the Swedish Censorship Board, identity number 52.798. MGM came back with a shorter version, but that version too was banned. See more »

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During the big shoot out, the window frame that "Sonny" peeks out of goes from damaged to undamaged to being damaged again. See more »

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Remade as The Getaway (1941) See more »

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20 January 2014 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

"Public Hero #1" is a relatively little known, continually entertaining gangster thriller that veers from prison mellerdrama to quirky romance to bullet-riddled shoot-out. Okay, so the plot has enough holes to drive a getaway car through -- like the unexpected "meet cute' encounter, during a flash flood, of a government agent disguised as a hold-up man with the sister of the crime czar he's tracking. But Chester Morris as the plucky, love-stricken fed, Jean Arthur who still loves her brother despite his homicidal tendencies, Lionel Barrymore as a boozy doctor and Joseph Calleia as the underworld kingpin who doesn't seem bright enough to rob a candy store are all fun to watch. And darn near believable. At no point, as the tale gallops through various genres, does it bog down. Wish the same could be said of quite a few more modern movies. Credit director J. Walter Ruben with doing a first-rate job on one of the final films he would helm prior to his premature death at the age of 43.


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