Baby Face Harrington


1h 1m 1935
Baby Face Harrington

Brief Synopsis

A milquetoast has to fight off cops and gangsters when he's mistaken for a criminal.

Film Details

Also Known As
Public Enemy No. 2
Genre
Comedy
Crime
Adaptation
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Apr 12, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Something to Brag About by Edgar Selwyn and William Le Baron (New York, 13 Aug 1925).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Before attending a social function at the Gardenhurst Country Club, an exclusive, members-only establishment, socialite Millicent instructs her stodgy husband Willie to mix with the crowd and be sociable. Meanwhile, Millie runs into her old sweetheart Ronald, a successful car salesman who has been transferred to Gardenhurst. Both are delighted to see each other and look on as Millie's maladroit husband bungles a magic trick before a crowd of people. Embarrassed, Millie takes Willie home, where she reads a newspaper story about the latest crime committed by serial thief Rocky Bannister. Millie then tells her husband that she wants him to make a name for himself and be more like Ronald, but the flustered Willie can only respond by offering his wife money. Exasperated, Millie suggests that Willie take the initiative and ask for a raise the next time he goes to work, and he promises to do so. However, no sooner does he bring up the subject with his boss, than he is fired. The hapless Willie now decides that the only way he can redeem himself is by turning in his insurance policy and giving the money to his wife. After withdrawing two thousand dollars in cash, Willie is advised by real estate man Skinner to invest his money, but Willie rejects the offer and returns to his wife. When Willie gets home, he realizes that the bundle of money is missing and lies to Millie about not getting a raise. The next time Willie sees Skinner, he notices that he is waving a stack of bills totaling two thousand dollars, which the real estate investor says he made in a recent deal. Believing that the money is evidence that Skinner was the one who robbed him, Willie proceeds to put his claim on the cash and accidentally pulls a gun on him, which Millie had bought to protect herself against Rocky Bannister. Skinner hands over the cash, but when Willie finds the money he thought was stolen in his wallet, he faints. Skinner quickly summons Sergeant Parker to investigate, and despite Willie's explanation of the mishap, the real estate man threatens to press charges against him. Willie promises to return Skinner's money, but before he has a chance to do so, the infamous Rocky Bannister breaks into his house and forces him to hand over the money he saw Willie withdraw from the bank. Bannister makes off with both Willie's and Skinner's money, and when the police disbelieve Willie's story, he is arrested for the theft. Rumors quickly spread about Willie's arrest, and the newspapers print stories alleging his connection with the Bannister mob. Willie is jailed with hardened criminal Mullens, whose gangster friends spring him from his cell and take Willie along with them. Before the gangsters leave to put gas in their getaway car, which they plan to use for a bank robbery, Willie cleverly leaves a note for the gas station attendant to call the police and alert them to the impending crime. Bannister is left behind to kill Willie, which he plans to do by hanging him. Willie, however, manages to stall Bannister until the police arrive and arrest him. When the mobsters and their leader are put behind bars, Willie is re-united with his now proud wife and hailed as a hero by the public.

Film Details

Also Known As
Public Enemy No. 2
Genre
Comedy
Crime
Adaptation
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Apr 12, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Something to Brag About by Edgar Selwyn and William Le Baron (New York, 13 Aug 1925).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

The working title of this film was Public Enemy No. 2. Some contemporary sources conflict with the film on the screenplay credits: while the onscreen credits list Nunnally Johnson and Edwin H. Knopf with the screenplay, Variety lists Harry Segall and Barry Trivers. Variety credits Johnson and Knopf with the adaptation. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Frank Lackteen, William Demarest, Robert McWade and Harry Tyler were added to the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.