Saturday, November 17, 2007

Tonight's Movie: Public Enemy's Wife (1936)

PUBLIC ENEMY'S WIFE is 69 minutes of great Warner Bros. fun, as G-man Pat O'Brien marries a mobster's ex-wife (Margaret Lindsay) in order to snare the mobster (Cesar Romero) when he escapes prison.

The movie isn't always plausible -- for instance, the mountainy Florida coastline looks suspiciously like Malibu, and I highly doubt the wedding in question was legal -- but this is one of those movies where viewers should just enjoy the ride and ask questions later. :) The cast is entertaining, there's nary a dull moment, and the film leaves you smiling at the conclusion.

The supporting cast includes Dick Foran and Robert Armstrong. The film was directed by Nick Grinde. David O. Selznick is one of those credited for the story, which was remade five years later as BULLETS FOR O'HARA.

PUBLIC ENEMY'S WIFE isn't available on video or DVD.

The trailer can be seen here.


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