The World Gone Mad

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The World Gone Mad
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Directed by Christy Cabanne
Written by Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Produced by Phil Goldstone
Larry Darmour
Starring Pat O'Brien
Evelyn Brent
Neil Hamilton
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by Otis Garrett
Distributed by Capitol Film Exchange
Release date
  • April 15, 1933 (1933-04-15)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

The World Gone Mad (also released as The Public Be Hanged) is a 1933 American pre-Code crime film directed by Christy Cabanne and starring Pat O'Brien, Evelyn Brent and Neil Hamilton. [1] It was made on a low-budget by the independent Majestic Pictures, a Poverty Row forerunner of Republic Pictures. [2]



When a district attorney who has been investigating a utility company's directors for fraud is suddenly killed, his wisecracking newspaperman friend (Pat O'Brien) gets curious. He and the upstanding new district attorney (Neil Hamilton) separately pursue the case. Cultivated but sinister businessmen, a shady nightclub owner specializing in "import and export", several beautiful young women always seen in evening gowns, a "Latin lover" type who reads Casanova and an abundance of suave men in evening dress provide eye-candy for the duration.


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  1. "The World Gone Mad". NY Times. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..The World Gone Mad