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Persons in Hiding (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 10 February 1939 (USA)
A beautiful but greedy woman teams up with a small-time hoodlum to become two of the most wanted criminals in the country.

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Louis King

Writers:

J. Edgar Hoover (book), William R. Lipman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynne Overman ... Agent Pete Griswold
Patricia Morison ... Dorothy Bronson
J. Carrol Naish ... Freddie 'Gunner' Martin
William Henry ... Agent Dan Waldron
Helen Twelvetrees ... Helen Griswold
William Frawley ... Alec Inglis
Judith Barrett ... Blase Blonde
William Collier Sr. ... Burt Nast
May Boley May Boley ... Mme. Thompson
Dennis Morgan ... Mike Flagler (as Richard Stanley)
Virginia Vale ... Flo (as Dorothy Howe)
John Hartley ... Joe Butler - Dot's Boyfriend
Janet Waldo ... Ruth Waldron
Richard Denning ... Powder - Henchman
Leona Roberts ... Ma Bronson
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Dorothy Bronson, the 'girl behind the crime' according to J. Edgar Hoover, was one of the most dangerous women ever tracked down by the F.B.I. She made a cold-blooded killer out of a petty thief, Freddie Martin, and drives him to the top among public enemies...and then to Alcarataz...all to satisfy her insatiable love of perfume, furs and luxury. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She's the WOMAN behind the KILLER behind the Gun! (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas Ocultas See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Opposite of Heathcliff and Kathy
31 May 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Persons In Hiding" is a middling attempt to bring J. Edgar Hoover's book to the screen. Apparently there was a series of films based on the same book. This one is a pretty standard story of two crooks on the run from the police in the 'Bonnie and Clyde' tradition. They commit robberies throughout the Southwest and then try to hide out to avoid capture. Patricia Morison is quite good as the 'Bonnie' character who enlists her cohort so as to steal and live the good life. She is the main focus of this picture and carries it well.

But I was not prepared for J. Carrol Naish in the role of Clyde. He is, in effect, the co-star and her love interest. It is tough to envision Naish as a romantic leading man, and I could not believe my eyes as they embrace and he gives her an impassioned BFS (big fat smooch). This from Geppetto the shoemaker, or a film noir stool-pigeon? I wondered if they handed out air sickness bags in theaters in preparation for this scene. It is only for those with strong constitutions. I felt the total lack of chemistry between the two had a direct effect on the storyline.

In sum, she was good but he was miscast. The rest of the cast consists of Hollywood backbenchers, including Lynn Overman as the FBI Agent and William Frawley, who always livens up any scene he is in. Also in bit parts are Richard Denning and Dennis Morgan, the latter under his real name. This was clearly a 'B' from Paramount, and as with many B's it might have been better with a more attractive cast - especially the male lead.


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