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The Whole Town's Talking (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 February 1935 (USA)
A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screen play), Robert Riskin (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Arthur Ferguson Jones / Killer Manion
Jean Arthur ... Miss Wilhelmina Clark
Arthur Hohl ... Detective Sergeant Boyle
James Donlan James Donlan ... Detective Sergeant Howe
Arthur Byron ... Spencer
Wallace Ford ... Healy
Donald Meek ... Hoyt
Etienne Girardot ... Seaver
Edward Brophy ... 'Slugs' Martin
Paul Harvey ... 'J.G.' Carpenter
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Storyline

Ordinary man-in-the-street Arthur Ferguson Jones leads a very straightforward life. He's never late for work and nothing interesting ever happens to him. One day everything changes: he oversleeps and is fired as an example, he's then mistaken for evil criminal killer Mannion and is arrested. The resemblance is so striking that the police give him a special pass to avoid a similar mistake. The real Mannion sees the opportunity to steal the pass and move around freely and chaos results. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kralj gangstera See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is the inspiration for 1998 Bollywood movie 'Duplicate' starring Shah Rukh Khan in the double role. See more »

Goofs

The story under the newspaper headline about Killer Mannion escaping from prison bears no relation to the headline and opening paragraph. See more »

Quotes

Miss Clark: Jonesy, you sure are going places! Just think of it, an invitation to the boss' shack.
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Features The Criminal Code (1930) See more »

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Good comedy, worth seeing
20 February 2000 | by FigtreeSee all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson acted two roles in this movie and did a great job with both of them. He played the meek clerk and the tough gangster equally well.

This is a comedy, so one expects a happy ending; still, I couldn't tell how the plot was going to turn to make this work out well. Even ten minutes before the end I was still wondering.

This comedy is very well worth seeing for the acting by Robinson, the great character actors, and Jean Arthur in the role that Katz' Film Encyclopedia says was the first to show that she had comedic range. The film is directed by John Ford, and is rather uncharacteristic of the type of film he usually did.


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