After police captain, McLaren becomes commissioner, former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake's sincere in his effort to join the mob. "... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
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
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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)
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 »
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 »
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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