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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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Greater than "Little Caesar!" (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York, NY)) 14 March 1935) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Manion is never given a first name. He's always referred to as Killer Manion or simply Manion. 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

Miss Clark: [referring to Jones] I always told you that rabbit had something.
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Connections

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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Good comedy, worth seeing
20 February 2000 | by FigtreeSee all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson acted two roles in this movie and did a great job with both of them. He played the meek clerk and the tough gangster equally well.

This is a comedy, so one expects a happy ending; still, I couldn't tell how the plot was going to turn to make this work out well. Even ten minutes before the end I was still wondering.

This comedy is very well worth seeing for the acting by Robinson, the great character actors, and Jean Arthur in the role that Katz' Film Encyclopedia says was the first to show that she had comedic range. The film is directed by John Ford, and is rather uncharacteristic of the type of film he usually did.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

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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