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The Whole Town's Talking (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 February 1935 (USA)
A meek milquetoast of a clerk's mistaken for public enemy N° 1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screen play), Robert Riskin (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Arthur Ferguson Jones / Killer Manion
Jean Arthur ... Miss Wilhelmina Clark
Arthur Hohl ... Detective Sergeant Boyle
James Donlan James Donlan ... Detective Sergeant Howe
Arthur Byron ... Spencer
Wallace Ford ... Healy
Donald Meek ... Hoyt
Etienne Girardot ... Seaver
Edward Brophy ... 'Slugs' Martin
Paul Harvey ... 'J.G.' Carpenter
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Storyline

Ordinary man-on-the-street Arthur Ferguson Jones leads a regularly life, but one day, everything changes; he's mistaken for criminal Mannion and is arrested. The resemblance is so striking, the police give him a special pass to avoid a similar mistake. The real Mannion sees an opportunity to steal the pass, and chaos results. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Once in a decade comes a picture into every foot of which is crammed a "surprise" type of thrill which will enmesh you with its romance-comedy and dramatic intensity. Such a production is "Passport to Fame"- acknowledged as one of the screen's greatest entertainments. (Print Ad- Illawarra Mercury, ((Wollongong, NSW)) 26 July 1935)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kralj gangstera See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Gordon is listed as a cast member in Studio records for this movie, "The Whole Town's Talking (1935)," but she was not seen in the print shown on TCM. See more »

Goofs

When Jonesy leaves his apartment in a rush he forgets to turn off the taps and his tub is (torrentially) overflowing. But when he returns from the police much later in the day there is no water anywhere. See more »

Quotes

Newspaper Reporter at Dock: [Last lines] Now, Jonesy, will you give us a - great - big - kiss - and look right into these cameras.
Arthur Ferguson Jones: Okay.
Miss Clark: How about it Jonesy? You need a slug of whiskey?
Arthur Ferguson Jones: Oh, I should say not!
[Kiss]
Photographers: Hoooooooold It!
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Connections

Referenced in Forty Naughty Girls (1937) See more »

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A real HOOT!
10 June 1999 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson has been stereotyped to the nth degree as

THE "gangster" (even in Bugs Bunny cartoons!), so it's quite a surprise to see him in the role of a mild, meek clerk (who just happens to be a dead ringer for a gangster!).

The split-screen scenes (where he plays both parts) are excellent & "seamless", and the comedy is heightened by the utterly ridiculous lengths the police go to to catch the gangster!

In one scene, he (as the clerk) is eating lunch in a restaurant, is "spotted" as being the gangster, and within a matter of MINUTES the restaurant is surrounded by HUNDREDS of policeman, riot squads, & machine guns -- all to get the (wrong!) person!

A refreshing comedy; you've got to see this film, if only for Robinson's acting!


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