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Public Hero No. 1

1935 1h 30m Crime Drama List
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Ambitious FBI agent Jeff Crane (Chester Morris) accepts an undercover assignment in a federal penitentiary. Instructed to gather information on kingpin and fellow inmate Sonny "Dinkie" Black (Joseph Calleia), Crane orchestrates a successful prison break and earns himself an invitation into Black's inner circle. As Crane moves up the ranks in Black's gang, his growing love for the ruthless gangster's straitlaced sister, Terry (Jean Arthur), further complicates an already dangerous job. Read More Read Less

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Otis Ferguson The New Republic Public Hero No. 1 is the best picture on criminal life I’ve seen (and that includes Public Enemy, which had a franker truth but now dates in tempo and power). May 7, 2024 Full Review John Leonard New York Magazine/Vulture The love story alone is worth your time. Feb 5, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Ambitious FBI agent Jeff Crane (Chester Morris) accepts an undercover assignment in a federal penitentiary. Instructed to gather information on kingpin and fellow inmate Sonny "Dinkie" Black (Joseph Calleia), Crane orchestrates a successful prison break and earns himself an invitation into Black's inner circle. As Crane moves up the ranks in Black's gang, his growing love for the ruthless gangster's straitlaced sister, Terry (Jean Arthur), further complicates an already dangerous job.
Director
J. Walter Ruben
Producer
Lucien Hubbard
Screenwriter
Wells Root
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 30m