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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.

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Nick Grinde

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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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murder | See All (1) »

Taglines:

KNOCK! KNOCK! Who's There? THE "PUBLIC ENEMY'S WIFE" (original ad - mostly 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 »

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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

In the car scene when Corelli is chasing Maroc, a road sign reads, "Palm Beach 71 Mi", but the scene is full of California-style mountains, unlike the flat swampland of 1930s St. Lucie county Florida. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Marrying your enemy's wife
27 September 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I hope no one tuned into watching this film with the idea that James Cagney married someone in Public Enemy and that Public Enemy's Wife is about his widow. This film has nothing whatsoever to do with the film that made James Cagney a star.

Instead it stars Cagney's friend and Irish Mafia member in good standing, Pat O'Brien. O'Brien is an FBI man who is on the trail of Cesar Romero, the number one public enemy at that time. Romero is an insanely jealous type and left enough incriminating evidence so that his wife, Margaret Lindsay, is implicated in his crimes.

She's served her sentence and tells Romero in no uncertain terms that she's divorcing him immediately. In his best melodramatic fashion, Romero tells her she's his forever and jail won't keep them apart.

Lindsay makes a life of her own as a mysterious socialite as she was careful to sock her money away in legitimate investments. She's got playboy Dick Foran panting at the bit to add her to his list of wives.

But Romero escapes and the FBI is brought in. The plan is for O'Brien to marry her and draw Romero out. Of course since the Code just came in it is abundantly clear this will be platonic and annulled the nano- second after Romero's capture.

If you're thinking this sounds like melodramatic claptrap you'd be right. Still somehow the able cast puts it over and it's somewhat enjoyable.


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