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Baby Face Harrington (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 12 April 1935 (USA)
Willie Harrington is a wimpy small-town bookkeeper at a bank who unwittingly gets involved with the country's toughest gangster and his gang, and he gets suspected of being the leader of ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), Edwin H. Knopf (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Butterworth ... Willie
Una Merkel ... Millicent
Harvey Stephens ... Ronald
Eugene Pallette ... Uncle Henry
Nat Pendleton ... Rocky
Ruth Selwyn ... Dorothy
Donald Meek ... Skinner
Dorothy Libaire ... Edith
Edward J. Nugent ... Albert (as Edward Nugent)
Robert Livingston ... George
Stanley Fields ... Mullens
Raymond Brown Raymond Brown ... McGuire
Wade Boteler ... Glynn
Bradley Page ... Dave
Richard Carle ... Judge Forbes
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Storyline

Willie Harrington is a wimpy small-town bookkeeper at a bank who unwittingly gets involved with the country's toughest gangster and his gang, and he gets suspected of being the leader of the gang. Hiis wife, Millie, files for divorce when she learns of his suspected-affiliation with the gangsters. The police have an all-out manhunt going for him, while he is being held by the gangsters in their hideout. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

The Laugh-Riot Of A Timid Soul! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Public Enemy No. 2 See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $2,000 from Willie's insurance policy would equate to $36,000 in 2017. See more »

Quotes

Willie: I got a sort of a press clipping here.
Mullens: Let's see it.
Willie: This fella says I got a spilt personality.
Mullens: Oh, you mean a sissy.
Willie: Oh, no, it's a term used by Psychiatrists.
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Soundtracks

Hiking, Hiking, Hiking
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by Charles Butterworth and Nat Pendleton
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Star Quality Eschewed
15 July 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I would not normally think of Baby Face Harrington as a Raoul Walsh type film as Walsh directed action/adventure films with some of Hollywood's leading actors in the lead.

Star quality eschewed in this 1935 release from MGM's B picture unit. A whole flock of familiar character players populate the cast of this one led by Charles Butterworth who plays his usual droll milquetoast character.

Through an innocent mistake Butterworth takes money from skinflint Donald Meek and his wife's uncle Eugene Pallette who is the Chief of Police has to arrest him. When one of the notorious Nat Pendleton's gang, Stanley Fields is arrested Fields breaks jail and Butterworth goes with him and now folks think maybe this mild mannered clerk might be a criminal mastermind.

Butterworth's wife Una Merkel stands by her man. But that doesn't stop the Snidely Whiplash type villain Harvey Stephens moving in.

All those people in this cast makes this almost required viewing. You will not be disappointed.


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