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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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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 »


The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Pitching too straight for a screwball
27 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Released the same year as MGM's LIBELED LADY, this light Warner's crime drama shares a lot of plot points, tries for a comic take on the subject, but fails, in no small part because Pat O'Brien does not display the diffident feyness that William Powell brought to his role, in part because Margaret Lindsay lacks a light touch but mostly, I fear, because the screenwriters and director Nick Grinde can't quite bring off the material -- certainly Pat O'Brien was capable of handling comedy material and there is a lot of strong comic supporting actors. It's odd to see Cesar Romero, who could have played his role as a gangster with great comic timing, play it straight. The two best comedians are Al Bridge and Harry Hayden, in two almost invisible roles -- both later members of Preston Sturges' stock company.

But screwball was still finding its way at this point, and Nick Grinde was not the director to help it along. Too bad.

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