Strange Faces (1938)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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After several years' faithful service in supporting parts, Frank Jenks and Dorothea Kent were promoted to leading roles in Universal's Strange Faces. Even so, it is fourth-billed Leon Ames who dominates the film, in the dual role of a notorious gangster and a respectable small-town citizen. Taking advantage of a "celebrity lookalike" newspaper series created by reporter Denby (Jenks), the gangster learns the identity of his double, concocting a scheme to kill off the lookalike so that he (the gangster, that is) can continue eluding the law by passing himself off as his "twin". But Denby and his girl Friday Maggie (Kent) tumble to the scheme and head to the villain's hideaway, where they team up with bucolic weekly-newspaper editor Hobbs (Andy Devine) and Hobb's sweetheart Lorry May (Mary Treen). From this point onward, melodrama takes a back seat to comedy, with Jenks, Kent, Devine and Treen going through the repertoire of their tried-and-true laughmaking bits.

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escape, killing, gangster, impersonation, investigation, investigator, mistaken-identity, murder, reporter