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The Picture Belongs To Lionel Barrymore
Good film made even better by the LOL antics of Mr Barrymore who's an absolute hoot as a drunken doctor!
GreatFilm With LIONEL BARRYMORE As Drunken Doc
Sorry, but whomever doesn't know diff between Barrymore Brothers. Lionel is a standout, as per usual. Love his singing Hurrah For the Next Man, WWI ditty sung freq in 1938 THE DAWN PATROL. Acting stands 2nd to none in this flick, made me think of a less psychotic Cody Jarrett from WHITE HEAT from 1949. Loved Jean & Chester's face time together, they truly shone. But the pic stealer was Lionel Barrymore, each time he was onscreen, I laughed.
FYI, for those who liked "Public Hero No. 1", this movie was remade in 1941 as "The Get-Away", with Robert Sterling and Donna Reed in the leads.The 1941 remake has the same writers as the 1935 original, but a different director.TCM has shown both in the past. I think the 1935 version is the better of the two, but both are enjoyable.Note that the 1941 version is practically a shot-for-shot remake of the 1935 original.TCM should run them again back to back.
Public Hero #1 (1935)
- James Higgins
What a great cast, Chester Morris, Jean Arthur, who is terrific and Lionel Barrymore, who gives an excellent performance. It's a crime melodrama about Morris posing as a crook to expose gangsters. Well done.
Perfect Gangster Flick!
Got to see this very entertaining Gangster flick on TCM recently, & I loved it...Jean Arthur is just gorgeous, & here she is also extremely emotional/fragile, caught between her love for her rotten gangster brother, Joe Calleia(in his FIRST acting role!), & Chester Morris, as an undercover lawman, who falls HARD for Arthur(...who WOULDN'T?!)...Morris poses as a crook to infiltrate Calleia's gang, but is torn, between getting the entire gang, & by now, desperately in love with Jean...How to accomplish this maneuver, once she finds out he's a G-Man, intent on bringing her lecherous brother down, is the touchy task laid out before him...There is an AWESOME shootout at the end, extremely mirroring real-life gangster John Dillinger, who had been gunned down just one year before, in much the same way...John Barrymore, expertly plays the drunken doctor, that patches up the bad guys, whenever they get popped...The hideout is wickedly cool, as are the classic period autos in this PERFECT Gangster Flick!