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Public Hero Number 1 (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 31 May 1935 (USA)
A G-man goes undercover to infiltrate a gang, helping the group's leader escape from prison to gain his trust.

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... Doctor Josiah Glass
... Maria Theresa O'Reilly
... Jeff Crane
... Sonny Black
... James Duff
... Prison Warden
... Rufe Parker
... Butch
Sam Baker ... Mose Jones
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A G-man goes undercover to infiltrate a gang, helping the group's leader escape from prison to gain his trust.

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The film stars Chester Morris and George E. Stone , who later appeared in the Boston Blackie series as Boston Blackie and The Runt respectively . Not to mention Lionel Barrymore plays a slightly different doctor in the Dr Kildare films. See more »

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After Crane and Black escape prison, the headline in the Herald Sentinel reads "Four States Report Convict Clews" which should read "Clues." See more »

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Train Conductor: How about it? Have you got a ticket?
Jeff Crane: Department of Justice. She's wanted for a job in the church. I'll take her off at the first stop.
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20 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Public Hero #1" is a relatively little known, continually entertaining gangster thriller that veers from prison mellerdrama to quirky romance to bullet-riddled shoot-out. Okay, so the plot has enough holes to drive a getaway car through -- like the unexpected "meet cute' encounter, during a flash flood, of a government agent disguised as a hold-up man with the sister of the crime czar he's tracking. But Chester Morris as the plucky, love-stricken fed, Jean Arthur who still loves her brother despite his homicidal tendencies, Lionel Barrymore as a boozy doctor and Joseph Calleia as the underworld kingpin who doesn't seem bright enough to rob a candy store are all fun to watch. And darn near believable. At no point, as the tale gallops through various genres, does it bog down. Wish the same could be said of quite a few more modern movies. Credit director J. Walter Ruben with doing a first-rate job on one of the final films he would helm prior to his premature death at the age of 43.


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