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?
Film debut of James Cagney
. Cagney was signed for the film, along with Joan Blondell
, at the insistence of Al Jolson
, who had seen the pair in the Broadway stage version, originally titled, "Penny Arcade," bought the rights, and insisted that they repeat their performances in the Warner Brothers film. Interestingly, though Cagney owed his film start to Jolson, the two would never meet. 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
You wouldn't want to see me take a rap, would ya? I'll make it right with you, Myrtle, I'll give you anything you want! Anything up to a grand.
You've never seen that much money.
Well, why not? I'm makin' plenty of dough in the booze racket, ain't i?