Sunday, December 29, 2013

Woman Wanted (1935)

Director: George B. Seitz

Writers: Leonard Fields, David Silverstein, Wilson Collison, Otis Garrett, Kubec Glasmon, Leon Gordon, Kathryn Scola, George Hanneman

Composer: William Axt

Starring: Maureen O'Sullivan, Joel McCrea, Lewis Stone, Louis Calhern, Edgar Kennedy, Adrienne Ames, Robert Greig, Noel Madison, Granville Bates, William B. Davidson, Richard Powell, Erville Alderson, Gertrude Short

More info: IMDb

Plot: Ann Grey is wrongly convicted of murder. On her way to jail a car accident gives her the opportunity to escape. She is helped by young lawyer Tony Baxter. He hides her from the police, as well as his fiancée, with the help of his butler Peedles. Ann is also wanted by the mobsters who really committed the murder as they think she knows where $250,000 worth of bonds are hidden. When the mobsters find and abduct her, Tony enlists the help of the D.A. and the police to try to get her back.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Here's a delightful crime/drama/comedy that hits enough right notes to make you forget about everything else.  O'Sullivan and McCrea have great chemistry together.  The scene when they're in the car one rainy night is priceless.  They really look like they're having a wonderful time.  There are a lot of cute moments like that one that elevate this a notch or two.  Robert Grieg deftly plays Peedles, Tony's (McCrea) butler.  He's a lot of fun, too.  Edgar Kennedy shows up for a bit.  I love that guy.  I'm such a huge fan of his from the OUR GANG/LITTLE RASCALS shorts (he almost always played police officer Kennedy) that he gets a smile out of me without even trying.  The story is pretty fun, too and the whole picture moves along at a pretty good clip.  Before you know it you've flown through 67 fun minutes.  I taped this off of TCM years ago.  I'm glad I did.  It doesn't look like it's made it to DVD yet. 

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