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The World Gone Mad (1933)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 15 April 1933 (USA)
A district attorney and a reporter try to find the killer of a D.A. who uncovered a massive stock fraud.


Christy Cabanne


Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screen story) (as Edward T. Lowe)




Cast overview:
Pat O'Brien ... Andy Terrell
Evelyn Brent ... Carlotta Lamont
Neil Hamilton ... Lionel Houston
Mary Brian ... Diane Cromwell
Louis Calhern ... Christopher Bruno (as Louis Calhearn)
J. Carrol Naish ... Ramon Salvadore
Buster Phelps ... Ralph Henderson
Richard Tucker ... Graham Gaines
John St. Polis ... Grover Cromwell
Geneva Mitchell ... Evelyn Henderson
Wallis Clark ... Dist. Atty. Avery Henderson
Huntley Gordon ... Osborne


A district attorney and a reporter try to find the killer of a D.A. who uncovered a massive stock fraud.

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An absorbing indictment of big business See more »


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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

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A strong male cast
17 January 2021 | by greenbudgieSee all my reviews

I've just watched this for a second time and I'm glad I did. It's the sort of film that really requires a repeat viewing to get the best out of it.

This underrated B-mystery has a strong male cast. Pat O'Brien is a fast talking reporter. A stock 1930s character in crime movies of that time. The distinctive voice of Neil Hamilton is easily recognizable. He gets promoted to D.A. after the previous one is bumped off. At one point he looks in danger of going the same way. The film's action includes a honey-trap shooting and a staged hit and run and another car crash with a train.

On the villainous side there is the commanding presence of Louis Calhern before he wore facial hair. He is Bruno who vies with Pat O'Brien for the hand of a fast woman. J. Carroll Naish is a crook who is fond of reading the "literature of the sewer. Some of the dialog is bordering on the bawdy typical of the early 1930s movies. The alternative title 'Public Be Hanged' is more appropriate as ordinary investing people are harmed in this story of embezzlement and corruption.

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Release Date:

15 April 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Public Be Damned See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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