Ma Delano (La Verne) runs a boardwalk penny arcade, living upstairs with her sons (Cagney and Gallagher) and daughter (Knapp). Story involves rum running, accidental murder and a frame-up. Written by
Did You Know?
Based on the Marie Baumer
play "Penny Arcade", directed by William Keighley
, which debuted on Broadway on March 11, 1930. It flopped, running just three weeks, enabling Al Jolson
to pick up the screen rights for $20,000. He resold it to Warner Brothers at a tidy profit with a proviso that James Cagney
and Joan Blondell
be cast in their original roles. See more
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