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Public Hero Number 1 (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 31 May 1935 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Maria Theresa O'Reilly
Sonny Black
James Duff
Prison Warden
Rufe Parker
Sam Baker ...
Mose Jones


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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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

31 May 1935 (USA)  »

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B.I.D.J.  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Monday 24 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 5 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 16 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 30 August 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Columbus 24 November 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in Tampa 28 November 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Cincinnati 10 December 1957 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Honolulu 20 January 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Amarillo 21 January 1958 on KFDA (Channel 19), in Spokane 28 January 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6), and in Norfolk VA 13 February 1958 on WTAR (Channel 3), it finally found its way to Seattle 18 March 1959 on KING (Channel 5), and to New York City 20 April 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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Is This the End of Dinkie?
7 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Interesting mash-up of genres from MGM: part prison/crime drama and part romantic comedy. Two convicts (Chester Morris and Joseph Calleia) escape from prison and one is wounded. The other goes for help and comes back with a drunkard doctor (Lionel Barrymore) and a girl (Jean Arthur), who turns out to be Calleia's sister! Starts out as a fairly typical but enjoyable prison flick. Then there's a twist. I admit I didn't see the twist coming but in retrospect I should have. Others might peg it right away or see it in some plot descriptions. Anyway it changes gears once Jean Arthur enters the picture and becomes a sort of romcom for a little while, before returning to being a crime picture.

Terrific cast really makes it worth seeing. In addition to Morris, Arthur, Barrymore, and Calleia, there's Lewis Stone, Paul Kelly, Paul Hurst, and George E. Stone. Ladies will appreciate a shirtless Barrymore washing his moobs in a bath. Spectacularly violent shoot-out between cops and criminal gang. Calleia's fate was obviously inspired by how John Dillinger met his end. Eliminate the final scene between Morris and Arthur and I might have bumped this up to a 7. Hated that part. Remade in 1941 as The Getaway with Robert Sterling and Donna Reed.

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