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Woman Wanted (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 2 August 1935 (USA)
Ann Grey is wrongly convicted of murder. On her way to jail a car accident gives her the opportunity to escape. She is helped by young lawyer Tony Baxter. He hides her from the police, as ... See full summary »


George B. Seitz


Leonard Fields (screen play), David Silverstein (screen play) (as Dave Silverstein) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Ann Gray
Joel McCrea ... Tony Baxter
Lewis Stone ... District Attorney Martin
Louis Calhern ... Smiley
Edgar Kennedy ... Sweeney
Adrienne Ames ... Betty Randolph
Robert Greig ... Peedles (as Robert Grieg)
Noel Madison ... Joe Metz
Granville Bates ... Casey (scenes deleted)
William B. Davidson ... Collins
Richard Powell Richard Powell ... Lee
Erville Alderson ... Constable
Gertrude Short Gertrude Short ... Gertie


Ann Grey is wrongly convicted of murder. On her way to jail a car accident gives her the opportunity to escape. She is helped by young lawyer Tony Baxter. He hides her from the police, as well as his fiancée, with the help of his butler Peedles. Ann is also wanted by the mobsters who really committed the murder as they think she knows where $250,000 worth of bonds are hidden. When the mobsters find and abduct her, Tony enlists the help of the D.A. and the police to try to get her back. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Release Date:

2 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manhattan Madness See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter, Franchot Tone and Wallace Beery were considered for the male lead. See more »


When the car first crashes through the front of the store it stops in an upright position. But, in subsequent shots, it is tilted up at a 45 degree angle. See more »


Gertie, Hotel Switchboard: [Watching as Tony Baxter takes Ann up to his room] Oh,isn't Mr. Baxter the one!
[Thinks a moment]
Gertie, Hotel Switchboard: Clark Gable's nice, too.
House Detective Sweeney: You women make me sick. D'ja see the dame with him?
Gertie, Hotel Switchboard: Yeah, but I've seen him do better.
House Detective Sweeney: D'ja ever see'er before?
Gertie, Hotel Switchboard: Say, are you the house dick, or am I?
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Crazy Credits

During opening credits, the screens listing names are all rotated about 10 degrees to the left. See more »


Edited from The Crowd (1928) See more »


Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played on a radio in the boathouse
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Script Wanted
5 November 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Joel McCrea and Maureen O'Sullivan star in Woman Wanted about a fugitive who escapes minutes after her murder conviction and the young attorney who tries to help her. I'll let you decide which of the stars played what role.

Seriously though, Woman Wanted could have and should have been a straight drama, but the folks at MGM decided to try for some comedy relief. Though some of the bits are funny, especially the performance by Robert Grieg as McCrea's butler, they don't come as relief. Instead they interrupt the flow of the plot.

After her conviction for murder, Maureen O'Sullivan is sprung from the courthouse by gangster Louis Calhern who wants information from her. Of course she didn't do the crime and the jailbreak goes well, but Maureen jumps into Joel McCrea's car. Now the proper thing to do would be for attorney McCrea to advise her to turn herself because he is an officer of the court. Still she's kind of cute. So as the Woman Wanted, O'Sullivan is only wanted by McCrea for good reasons, the police and the mob have other things in mind.

Lewis Stone is in a similar undefined role as the District Attorney. Usually Stone is wise and sagacious even when he's not Judge Hardy on the screen. Here he's not all that smart, but he's a Rhodes Scholar next to the police who graduated from the Mack Sennett Police Academy. There is another good bit by Edgar Kennedy as a flustered house detective.

In the films of Joel McCrea, Tony Thomas correctly says this is a B film, but it's got the MGM gloss to it so it looks far better than it really is.

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