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The Public Menace (1935)

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Non-citizen Arthur marries reporter Murphy for a bogus gangster's confession. A divorce is needed, and Murphy is fired. The gangster wants her to be his girlfriend, the police are outside, and only one who can save her is Murphy.

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Standing before a divorce court judge are Sergeant Andy Anderson and Janie Anderson asking him to dissolve their marriage. Janie's father, William Smith, objects and the judge allows him to... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Jean Arthur, Lee Bowman, Charles Coburn
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Cassie Nicholls
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Edward Joseph 'Red' Foster
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Mario Tonelli
George McKay ...
Dildy
Robert Middlemass ...
Frentrup
Victor Kilian ...
Joe
Charles C. Wilson ...
First Detective
Gene Morgan ...
Cox
Murray Alper ...
Stiglitz
Shirley Grey ...
Mimi LaVerne
Bradley Page ...
Louie
Arthur Rankin ...
Tommy
Thurston Hall ...
Captain of Ocean Liner
Fred Kelsey ...
Mike the Cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Holman ...
Self - Made Man (scenes deleted)
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Non-citizen Arthur marries reporter Murphy for a bogus gangster's confession. A divorce is needed, and Murphy is fired. The gangster wants her to be his girlfriend, the police are outside, and only one who can save her is Murphy.

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30 September 1935 (USA)  »

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Lady of New York  »

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Extra! Extra! Don't miss this newspaper comedy!
9 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thanks to TCM, I discovered this movie the other night. What a treat: a fine cast with wonderful timing, a clever plot, and lots of zippy dialog. The producers managed to take what could have been a string of movie clichés and elevated them to a consistently rewarding comedy/drama. Besides that, there are loads of snappy old cars and a couple of chase sequences. It's short and sweet; be sure to catch it when you can.

Also, be sure to catch the Dillinger reference: the gangster wants the news hounds to take his picture with his arms around the cop that is guarding him. The cop refuses, saying that he "saw another arms-around picture lately." That refers to the infamous picture of Dillinger posing with Indiana cops that turned into a P.R. nightmare for them.


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