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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Ann Gray
... Tony Baxter
... District Attorney Martin
... Smiley
... Sweeney
... Betty Randolph
... Peedles (as Robert Grieg)
... Joe Metz
... Casey (scenes deleted)
... Collins
Richard Powell ... Lee
... Constable
Gertrude Short ... Gertie
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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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According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter, Franchot Tone and Wallace Beery were considered for the male lead. See more »

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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 »

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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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Edited from The Crowd (1928) See more »

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Life Is A Song
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played in the nightclub
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Cute cast
8 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Maureen O'Sullivan is "Woman Wanted" in this 1935 film starring Joel McCrea, Lewis Stone, Louis Calhern, Robert Greig, and Adrienne Ames. O'Sullivan as Ann is found guilty of murder, but en route to the prison, a car accident gives her a chance to escape. She jumps into the nearest car, being driven by Tony Baxter (Joel McCrea), an attorney with an eye for the ladies. A group of mobsters, led by Louis Calhern, know she didn't do it, but they also think she knows where $250,000 in bonds are, so they are after her as well as the police.

"Woman Wanted" comes off as a light film because of the interjected comedy supplied by Robert Grieg, who plays Tony's butler, a sweet scene in an empty diner between Tony and Ann, and Tony's efforts to hide Ann from his fiancée Betty (Ames). It's a pleasant enough film because of the cast, but there really isn't anything special about the plot.

The revelation here is the beautiful Ames. I've seen untold thousands of films, not just ones I've reviewed on IMDb, and this was the first time I'd seen her. Her beauty was very much of the young Crawford or Loretta Young, and she was a good actress. Unfortunately she died when she was 39, having left films 7 years earlier to become a commentator and devote herself to bond rallies and war charities. Looking around the Internet, there are certainly people who appreciate her great beauty and sense of style.

You can see O'Sullivan, McCrea and the rest in better films. This is a nice chance to see Adrienne Ames.


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