Passport Husband (1938)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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For reason unknown, the otherwise thorough 1980 volume The Films of Twentieth Century-Fox utterly ignores the zany 1938 Fox release Passport Husband. Stuart Erwin plays Henry Cabot, overaged busboy at the Club Habana. Whenever the nightclub's singer Conchita Montez (Joan Woodbury) is accosted by a masher, the usually mild-mannered Henry flattens the bounder, which gets in a whole heap of trouble. There's even more trouble in store for our hero when he marries Conchita to keep her from being deported, enraging the girl's gangster boyfriends Tiger Martin (Douglas Fowley) and Blackie Bennett (Harold Huber). And when Henry suddenly inherits $1,000,000 from an eccentric uncle, everybody closes in on him, including cigarette girl Mary Jane Clayton (Pauline Moore). The film takes yet another unexpected turn when it develops that Mary Jane is actually the heroine of the piece!

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gangster, love, on-the-run