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Public Hero Number 1 (1935)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 31 May 1935 (USA)
A G-man goes undercover to infiltrate a gang, helping the group's leader escape from prison to gain his trust.

Director:

J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

Wells Root (screen play), J. Walter Ruben (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Doctor Josiah Glass
Jean Arthur ... Maria Theresa O'Reilly
Chester Morris ... Jeff Crane
Joseph Calleia ... Sonny Black
Paul Kelly ... James Duff
Lewis Stone ... Prison Warden
Paul Hurst ... Rufe Parker
George E. Stone ... Butch
Sam Baker Sam Baker ... Mose Jones
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A G-man goes undercover to infiltrate a gang, helping the group's leader escape from prison to gain his trust.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

B.I.D.J. See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The bullet holes in the house were real bullets. The holes are real, not made fired from the inside out. The holes were .45 caliber, the same round that is fired from a Thompson Submachine Gun. See more »

Goofs

After Crane and Black escape prison, the headline in the Herald Sentinel reads "Four States Report Convict Clews" which should read "Clues." Correction: Clew is an obsolete form of clue. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Crane: If he gives himself up and stands trial, he's got a chance. They've only got one murder charge against him. He killed a negro that was hiding us out on the northside. That negro had a gun in his hand. If he pleads self defense, the worst he'll get will be life imprisonment. Life or death, Terry. It's up to you. Tell me where he is.
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Remade as The Getaway (1941) See more »

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Is This the End of Dinkie?
7 December 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Interesting mash-up of genres from MGM: part prison/crime drama and part romantic comedy. Two convicts (Chester Morris and Joseph Calleia) escape from prison and one is wounded. The other goes for help and comes back with a drunkard doctor (Lionel Barrymore) and a girl (Jean Arthur), who turns out to be Calleia's sister! Starts out as a fairly typical but enjoyable prison flick. Then there's a twist. I admit I didn't see the twist coming but in retrospect I should have. Others might peg it right away or see it in some plot descriptions. Anyway it changes gears once Jean Arthur enters the picture and becomes a sort of romcom for a little while, before returning to being a crime picture.

Terrific cast really makes it worth seeing. In addition to Morris, Arthur, Barrymore, and Calleia, there's Lewis Stone, Paul Kelly, Paul Hurst, and George E. Stone. Ladies will appreciate a shirtless Barrymore washing his moobs in a bath. Spectacularly violent shoot-out between cops and criminal gang. Calleia's fate was obviously inspired by how John Dillinger met his end. Eliminate the final scene between Morris and Arthur and I might have bumped this up to a 7. Hated that part. Remade in 1941 as The Getaway with Robert Sterling and Donna Reed.


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