During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions.
Believing a German spy has killed her new husband (Franchot Tone), Suzy, a struggling chorus girl (Jean Harlow) flees to Paris where she meets and marries a WWI pilot (Cary Grant) whose carefree ways brings about unexpected results.
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
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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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