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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Healy: Who's been helping him write those stories?
Miss Clark: What do you mean, who's been helping him?
Healy: Where does a squirt like Jones get off writing all that juicy underworld lingo?
Miss Clark: From me, of course.
Healy: You certainly have horned in yourself properly, haven't you!
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Marvellous
6 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I really liked this film. The film has a lot of depth and yet has been mostly forgotten today. It just goes to prove that Edward G. Robinson can do more than just play the gangster. In fact, in this movie he plays BOTH a gangster and a wimpy middle-aged man who LOOKS like the gangster.

The movie does not really show the mad dog gangster much but centers on the wimpier character who is often mistreated and under-appreciated by those around him. When, by chance, he is mistaken for the mobster, the fun begins and it all works together for a charming little 1930s Hollywood ending.


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