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The Whole Town's Talking (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 February 1935 (USA)
A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

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Ordinary man-in-the-street Arthur Ferguson Jones leads a very straightforward life. He's never late for work and nothing interesting ever happens to him. One day everything changes: he oversleeps and is fired as an example, he's then mistaken for evil criminal killer Mannion and is arrested. The resemblance is so striking that the police give him a special pass to avoid a similar mistake. The real Mannion sees the opportunity to steal the pass and move around freely and chaos results. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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This movie is the inspiration for 1998 Bollywood movie 'Duplicate' starring Shah Rukh Khan in the double role. See more »

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When Jonesy leaves his apartment in a rush he forgets to turn off the taps and his tub is (torrentially) overflowing. But when he returns from the police much later in the day there is no water anywhere. See more »

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Miss Clark: By the way, Healy was in to see you. I made a deal for you. He screamed murder, at first, but finally we got together. Listen to this, two hundred and fifty bucks a week! I guess that trip to Shanghai's a cinch now, Jonesy. Here's the contract. I told him I'd get you to sign it tonight.
Arthur Ferguson Jones: Oh, thank you.
Miss Clark: Oh, don't mention it. Always glad to serve a Public Enemy. Ah, what do you say we go up to your room and read it over?
Arthur Ferguson Jones: Alright. Oh, no-no, no, not upstairs.
Miss Clark: Why not?
Arthur Ferguson Jones: Well, the, eh, the landlady's ...
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A real HOOT!
10 June 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson has been stereotyped to the nth degree as

THE "gangster" (even in Bugs Bunny cartoons!), so it's quite a surprise to see him in the role of a mild, meek clerk (who just happens to be a dead ringer for a gangster!).

The split-screen scenes (where he plays both parts) are excellent & "seamless", and the comedy is heightened by the utterly ridiculous lengths the police go to to catch the gangster!

In one scene, he (as the clerk) is eating lunch in a restaurant, is "spotted" as being the gangster, and within a matter of MINUTES the restaurant is surrounded by HUNDREDS of policeman, riot squads, & machine guns -- all to get the (wrong!) person!

A refreshing comedy; you've got to see this film, if only for Robinson's acting!


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