Movie Review: Woman Wanted (1935)

Synopsis: On her way to prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder, Ann Gray is involved in a car accident orchestrated by the group of mobsters that framed her and escapes. She hitches a ride with an engaged attorney, Tony Baxter, who agrees to hide her from both the police and the mobsters while trying to clear her name.

Who's in it? The movie stars Maureen O'Sullivan, Joel McCrea, Lewis Stone, Louis Calhern and Adrienne Ames.

Review: I had a little bit of time to watch a movie this morning before work and, mostly because the plot of this one reminded me a bit of what I'd expect from a Perry Mason book, decided to give it a try. Overall, I have to say the movie met my expectations.

The main story was entertaining and offered a good mix of drama and comedy, especially when Tony (McCrea) was trying to hide Ann (O'Sullivan) in his small apartment with the help of his butler, Peedles (Robert Greig). His on-again-off-again fiancée (Ames) being there only made the scene funnier. The diner scene involving Tony, Ann and the mobsters was also humorous.

I thought the chemistry between O'Sullivan and McCrea also helped this movie tremendously, making the budding romance between the two main characters more believable. It made me wonder how he would end up breaking things off with the other woman in his life without causing too much drama (or if he would still end up marrying her).

One thing that surprised me about the movie was it wasn't quite as predictable as I thought it would be, including having a couple scenes that made it look like they were going to get caught, whether it was by the people who were chasing them or an interaction with a random character, like a local constable (Erville Alderson). His fiancée was also a wild card, it was hard to tell if she'd end up helping him/Ann or would turn them in. 

The mobsters believing Ann knew the whereabouts of $250,000 was also an intriguing part of the plot because it did make me wonder if maybe she wasn't being fully truthful about what she knew. It never reached a point where I thought she could turn out to be one of the bad guys, but it did leave the ending up in the air a bit, especially since she felt the need to carry a gun with her.

Final Opinion: This turned out to be an entertaining movie with just enough twists to keep it from being as predictable as I thought it might be. It's a film I enjoyed watching and recommend.

My Grade: A


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