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Public Enemy's Wife (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 25 July 1936 (USA)
A mobster breaks out of prison to kill his ex-wife's new husband - who, by accident, is a FBI agent trying to capture him.



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Complete credited cast:
Gene Ferguson
Thomas Duncan McKay
Wilcox (as Joseph King)
Louie (as Richard Purcell)
Warden Williams
Hal K. Dawson ...
Justice of the Peace
Swartzman (as Alan Bridge)


A mobster breaks out of prison to kill his ex-wife's new husband - who, by accident, is a FBI agent trying to capture him.

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Release Date:

25 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Esposa do Inimigo Público  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Referenced in Black Legion (1937) See more »


You're Walking in My Sleep
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Ben Oakland
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Romero again shows his versatility
10 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cesar Romero is a con man in prison in Public Enemy's Wife, from 1936. He plays Gene Maroc, whose wife Judith (Margaret Lindsay) served time because she refused to tell the police anything.

Judith is released first and wants nothing to do with Maroc. Maroc threatens to kill her once he's out.

Judith splits and dyes her hair from blond to brunette. The FBI is still interested in talking to her and getting some info. The agents, Lee Laird and Robert Armstrong (Pat O'Brien, Gene Ferguson) attempt to find her. When they finally catch up with her, she's engaged to be married. And Maroc is out and after her. The agents figure if she goes through with the wedding, it will bring Maroc to them.

Part drama and part comedy, this is an entertaining film, with the underrated Cesar Romero as a villain. Romero was a dancer, an actor, he was suave, he was dashing, and he could play a crook. In short he could do anything. He is also very impressive in "Captain from Castile," another departure for him.

Pat O'Brien does a good job in the lead, and Margaret Lindsay is appropriately hard-boiled at first, later softening.


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