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Baby Face Harrington (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 12 April 1935 (USA)
Willie Harrington is a wimpy small-town bookkeeper at a bank who unwittingly gets involved with the country's toughest gangster and his gang, and he gets suspected of being the leader of ... See full summary »


Raoul Walsh


Nunnally Johnson (screen play), Edwin H. Knopf (screen play) | 3 more credits »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Butterworth ... Willie
Una Merkel ... Millicent
Harvey Stephens ... Ronald
Eugene Pallette ... Uncle Henry
Nat Pendleton ... Rocky
Ruth Selwyn ... Dorothy
Donald Meek ... Skinner
Dorothy Libaire ... Edith
Edward J. Nugent ... Albert (as Edward Nugent)
Robert Livingston ... George
Stanley Fields ... Mullens
Raymond Brown Raymond Brown ... McGuire
Wade Boteler ... Glynn
Bradley Page ... Dave
Richard Carle ... Judge Forbes
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Willie Harrington is a wimpy small-town bookkeeper at a bank who unwittingly gets involved with the country's toughest gangster and his gang, and he gets suspected of being the leader of the gang. Hiis wife, Millie, files for divorce when she learns of his suspected-affiliation with the gangsters. The police have an all-out manhunt going for him, while he is being held by the gangsters in their hideout. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Rocky: No, not exactly. There was a couple other guys and the warden.
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27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Baby Face Harrington (1935)

** (out of 4)

Raoul Walsh directed this comedy about a dorky bookkeeper (Charles Butterworth) who gets mistaken for a dangerous gangster. Una Merkel, Eugene Palette and Donald Meek co-star in this comedy, which only runs 65-minutes yet it takes at least a half an hour to get warned up but by then it's a little too late. The first half has all sorts of stupid jokes, which aren't funny but there are also long scenes where no laughs are even gone after. Once the mistaken identity happens then things pick up with Butterworth being charming in his role. It's rather strange that Walsh would take over the gangster genre from D.W. Griffith with the landmark Regeneration and then make one of the all time great gangster films in White Heat but have this stuck in the middle.

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Release Date:

12 April 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Public Enemy No. 2 See more »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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