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Sworn Enemy (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 11 September 1936 (USA)
Hank Sherman is a law student who stumbles into a job as a chauffeur for a wealthy businessman and, in the process, falls in love with his boss' beautiful assistant Maragaret. His job ... See full summary »


Edwin L. Marin


Wells Root, Richard Wormser (story "It's All in the Racket")


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Henry 'Hank' Sherman
Florence Rice ... Margaret 'Peg' Gattle
Joseph Calleia ... Joe Emerald
Lewis Stone ... Doctor Simon 'Doc' Gattle
Nat Pendleton ... 'Steamer' Krupp
Harvey Stephens ... District Attorney Paul Scott
Samuel S. Hinds ... Eli Decker
Edward Pawley ... 'Dutch' McTurck
John Wray ... Lang - a Gangster
Cy Kendall ... Simmons
Leslie Fenton ... Steve Sherman
Robert Gleckler ... Hinkle - a Gangster


Hank Sherman is a law student who stumbles into a job as a chauffeur for a wealthy businessman and, in the process, falls in love with his boss' beautiful assistant Maragaret. His job becomes significantly harder, however, after his boss and his brother Steve, manager of a boxer named Steamer Krupp, are murdered, and he volunteers in the effort to catch the mobsters who did it. In order to get closer to head man Joe Emerald, Hank takes over Steamer's career. Steamer's subsequent success naturally catches the interest of Emerald, who muscles his way in. Hank and Emerald eventually reach a deal regarding Steamer, and Hank gains entry into Emerald's world. Once inside, Sherman works with the police to avenge the deaths of those near and dear to him. Written by Lloyd Purvis

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GIRL GANG-BUSTER BLASTS GANGLAND'S CRIME TRUST WIDE OPEN! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo NY)) 7 November 1936)


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Release Date:

11 September 1936 (USA) See more »

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Inimigo Maldito See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Wednesday 5 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 4 May 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by San Francisco 20 May 1958 on Channel 7); it finally found its way to New York City where it was first aired 7 June 1962 on The Late Show on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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solid B
12 June 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Robert Young, Florence Rice, and Lewis J. Stone star in "Sworn Enemy," a 1936 MGM B movie.

Though not a superstar in films, before he became one in TV, Robert Young played a variety of roles in movies. His likable personality served him well, and he is very good here as Hank Sherman, a young man who goes undercover to get evidence against Joe Emerald, the head of a protection organization (Joseph Calleia). His first effort fails miserably when instead of a shooting a cop, he shoots his partner and is thrown out of the group. So he tries again, this time by replacing his brother, killed by the mob, as the manager of a fighter (Nat Pendleton).

Very good and exciting film, with a gay undertone that possibly went over the head of the 1930s audiences. The mob boss, Emerald, is crippled and, from his treatment of Florence Rice's character, has no use for women. When he brings Hank into his deco steam room, it's filled with Greco-Roman friezes of nude men. He more or less tells Hank that he lives vicariously through fighters, which is why he wants Hank's client. An interesting twist on what could have been just a formulaic mob story.

The excellent finale takes place in said steam room, where detectives are searching for hidden files.

Dark film, noirish, albeit before noir, and intriguing. Recommended.

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