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
When Harry pulls down the window shade, the light in the room only darkens after the shade is clear at the bottom of the window. See more
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