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Public Enemy's Wife (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 25 July 1936 (USA)
A mobster breaks out of prison to kill his ex-wife's new husband - who, by accident, is a FBI agent trying to capture him.

Director:

Nick Grinde

Writers:

Abem Finkel (screen play), Harold Buckley (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Lee Laird
Margaret Lindsay ... Judith Roberts Maroc
Robert Armstrong ... Gene Ferguson
Cesar Romero ... Gene Maroc
Dick Foran ... Thomas Duncan McKay
Joe King ... Wilcox (as Joseph King)
Dick Purcell ... Louie (as Richard Purcell)
Addison Richards ... Warden Williams
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Daugherty
Harry Hayden ... Justice of the Peace
Al Bridge ... Swartzman (as Alan Bridge)
Kenneth Harlan ... G-Man
Selmer Jackson ... Duffield
William Pawley ... Correlli
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Storyline

A mobster breaks out of prison to kill his ex-wife's new husband - who, by accident, is a FBI agent trying to capture him.

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Plot Keywords:

murder | See All (1) »

Taglines:

NOW LEARN THE SECRETS OF THE MATES OF THE MOBSTERS! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Esposa do Inimigo Público See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cesar Romero appears without his mustache in the first part of this film, one of the few (if not only) times he would do so. See more »

Goofs

One scene is with the sunset over the ocean. Movie takes place in Palm Beach, FL. Sun sets in the west not east. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Black Legion (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (Uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Pitching too straight for a screwball
27 September 2007 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Released the same year as MGM's LIBELED LADY, this light Warner's crime drama shares a lot of plot points, tries for a comic take on the subject, but fails, in no small part because Pat O'Brien does not display the diffident feyness that William Powell brought to his role, in part because Margaret Lindsay lacks a light touch but mostly, I fear, because the screenwriters and director Nick Grinde can't quite bring off the material -- certainly Pat O'Brien was capable of handling comedy material and there is a lot of strong comic supporting actors. It's odd to see Cesar Romero, who could have played his role as a gangster with great comic timing, play it straight. The two best comedians are Al Bridge and Harry Hayden, in two almost invisible roles -- both later members of Preston Sturges' stock company.

But screwball was still finding its way at this point, and Nick Grinde was not the director to help it along. Too bad.


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