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The Public Menace (1935)

Non-citizen Arthur marries reporter Murphy for a bogus gangster's confession. A divorce is needed, and Murphy is fired. The gangster wants her to be his girlfriend, the police are outside, and only one who can save her is Murphy.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Ethel Hill (screenplay), Lionel Houser (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Cassie Nicholls
George Murphy ... Edward Joseph 'Red' Foster
Douglass Dumbrille ... Mario Tonelli
George McKay George McKay ... Dildy
Robert Middlemass ... Frentrup
Victor Kilian ... Joe
Charles C. Wilson ... First Detective
Gene Morgan ... Cox
Murray Alper ... Stiglitz
Shirley Grey ... Mimi LaVerne
Bradley Page ... Louie
Arthur Rankin ... Tommy
Thurston Hall ... Captain of Ocean Liner
Fred Kelsey ... Mike - Cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Holman ... Self-Made Man (scenes deleted)
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Non-citizen Arthur marries reporter Murphy for a bogus gangster's confession. A divorce is needed, and Murphy is fired. The gangster wants her to be his girlfriend, the police are outside, and only one who can save her is Murphy.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Mario Tonelli: A lot of things have happened since the last time you gave my nails the once over, sister.
Cassie Nicholls: Did you like the way I did them?
Mario Tonelli: Well, the scars have all healed. Give 'em another whirl, will ya?
Cassie Nicholls: Sure. I'll try not to nick you this time.
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Bland Romance Mixed With Laughs
4 June 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Public Menace (1935)

** (out of 4)

A rather bland comedy from Columbia has a Greek woman (Jean Arthur) meeting a reporter (George Murphy) on an ocean liner and asking him to marry her so that she can get off the boat. The reporter agrees but only because she gives him a fake tip on a gangster (Douglass Dumbrille), which causes him to get fired from his job. Now married and with no job, the reporter does his best to bring down the gangster and his "wife" wants to help. For just a 72-minute movie there's quite a bit going on in this film but sadly none of it is all that entertaining. This was clearly just meant to be a programmer, something to put on the lower half of a double bill, because there's really not much working it in. Director Erle C. Kenton could certainly handle material like this but he's really not given too much to work with. The screenplay doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy with some gang activity put in or if it wants to be a gangster picture with some laughs. The entire set-up is just beyond bizarre and everything dealing with the marriage seems forced. This is especially true early on as the couple tries to save enough money so they can get a divorce but of course something happens. I thought Arthur was good in her role but to be honest she was much too good to be appearing in something like this. Murphy pretty much sleepwalks through his part and has very little chemistry with the lead. Dumbrille isn't the person you'd select for a gangster but he isn't too bad. THE PUBLIC MENACE isn't a horrible film but it's quite pointless.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady of New York See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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