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Public Enemy's Wife (1936)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  25 July 1936 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Lee Laird
Judith Roberts Maroc
Robert Armstrong ...
Gene Ferguson
Gene Maroc
Dick Foran ...
Thomas Duncan McKay
Joe King ...
Wilcox (as Joseph King)
Dick Purcell ...
Louie (as Richard Purcell)
Addison Richards ...
Warden Williams
Hal K. Dawson ...
Harry Hayden ...
Justice of the Peace
Al Bridge ...
Swartzman (as Alan Bridge)
Kenneth Harlan ...
Selmer Jackson ...
William Pawley ...


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25 July 1936 (USA)  »

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G-Man's Wife  »

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Did You Know?


Cesar Romero appears without his mustache in the first part of this film, one of the few (if not only) times he would do so. See more »


In the car scene when Corelli is chasing Maroc, a road sign reads, "Palm Beach 71 Mi", but the scene is full of California-style mountains, unlike the flat swampland of 1930s St. Lucie county Florida. See more »


Remade as Bullets for O'Hara (1941) See more »


An Evening with You
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Sure it's all pretty silly, but it's still an enjoyable old film
7 October 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I noticed a long time ago that almost all of Pat O'Brien's films were pretty silly and he was an odd choice as a "macho" leading man. Because of this it's really difficult to find any of his films that can be labeled "great", though at the same time these hokey movies are a lot of fun to watch provided you aren't expecting Shakespeare! The idea of this dumpy, somewhat balding man with a propensity to yell his lines being an action hero or great lover is pretty silly but in Warner Brothers fashion, the films are entertaining.

THE PUBLIC ENEMY'S WIFE is exactly the sort of film I think of when I think of O'Brien. Naturally he's the hero and naturally he's destined to get the girl in the end--even if it seems next to impossible. But despite this, the film is awfully good to watch--with a wonderful performance by Cesar Romero as a mobster. And the plot is different enough to make it worth your time. Great? Of course not--but for fans of Hollywood's Golden Age, it's still a dandy flick.

FYI--There were a few errors in the film. No matter what the Justice of the Peace said, the marriage between Lindsay and O'Brien was NOT legal and would not have been recognized since O'Brien married her while assuming another's identity. Also, the fish O'Brien and Armstrong carried with them were not native Florida fish--and there are no mountains in Southern Florida!

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