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Persons in Hiding (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 10 February 1939 (USA)
A beautiful but greedy woman teams up with a small-time hoodlum to become two of the most wanted criminals in the country.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agent Pete Griswold
Agent Dan Waldron
Helen Griswold
Alec Inglis
Blase Blonde
Burt Nast
May Boley ...
Mme. Thompson
Mike Flagler (as Richard Stanley)
Flo (as Dorothy Howe)
John Hartley ...
Joe Butler - Dot's Boyfriend
Ruth Waldron
Powder - Henchman
Ma Bronson


Dorothy Bronson, the 'girl behind the crime' according to J. Edgar Hoover, was one of the most dangerous women ever tracked down by the F.B.I. She made a cold-blooded killer out of a petty thief, Freddie Martin, and drives him to the top among public enemies...and then to Alcarataz...all to satisfy her insatiable love of perfume, furs and luxury. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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For a fur coat and a bottle of perfume she made a KILLER out of a small-time crook! See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

10 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Almas Ocultas  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was partly based on the exploits of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. See more »

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Opposite of Heathcliff and Kathy
31 May 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Persons In Hiding" is a middling attempt to bring J. Edgar Hoover's book to the screen. Apparently there was a series of films based on the same book. This one is a pretty standard story of two crooks on the run from the police in the 'Bonnie and Clyde' tradition. They commit robberies throughout the Southwest and then try to hide out to avoid capture. Patricia Morison is quite good as the 'Bonnie' character who enlists her cohort so as to steal and live the good life. She is the main focus of this picture and carries it well.

But I was not prepared for J. Carrol Naish in the role of Clyde. He is, in effect, the co-star and her love interest. It is tough to envision Naish as a romantic leading man, and I could not believe my eyes as they embrace and he gives her an impassioned BFS (big fat smooch). This from Geppetto the shoemaker, or a film noir stool-pigeon? I wondered if they handed out air sickness bags in theaters in preparation for this scene. It is only for those with strong constitutions. I felt the total lack of chemistry between the two had a direct effect on the storyline.

In sum, she was good but he was miscast. The rest of the cast consists of Hollywood backbenchers, including Lynn Overman as the FBI Agent and William Frawley, who always livens up any scene he is in. Also in bit parts are Richard Denning and Dennis Morgan, the latter under his real name. This was clearly a 'B' from Paramount, and as with many B's it might have been better with a more attractive cast - especially the male lead.

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