Adventures of a cocky con man and his glamorous accomplice.

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At a midwestern hotel, conniving bellhop Bert Harris has a finger in every pie. He promotes a job for glamorous Ann Roberts, but she does not immediately succumb to his charms. However, Bert soon enlists Ann as partner in his new profession of con man. Most of the victims they fleece are lawbreakers themselves. But Bert is tempted to try actual stealing, and Ann fears it will bring bad luck... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Jim's back!... with a brand new line!

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Goofs

At the start of the movie, a hotel elevator is indicated moving up more than three floors in one second - an impossibly fast speed, even today. Its return down is shown at a more realistic pace. See more »

Quotes

Bert Harris: Now, you play ball with me... and your worrying days will be over.
Ann Roberts: Yeah? How about the nights?
Bert Harris: [smirks] Well, I'll see what I can do about those too, honey!
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Referenced in I've Got to Sing a Torch Song (1933) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Whistled by James Cagney
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This is the Age of Chiselry
13 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Bellhop James Cagney and hotel maid Joan Blondell have a lot of ambitions during Depression Era America. They've seen the American dream go belly up on Wall Street, seen lots of people lose everything they have to crooks and chiselers and have decided if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. And Cagney has entitled what he considers the Depression to be, the age of chiselry.

These two are obviously so suited for each other. But for what each considers practical reasons they hook up with other people. Cagney hero worships noted confidence man Louis Calhern and Blondell takes a shine to polished and dapper Ray Milland, a wall street broker. Each becomes quite disillusioned.

This is a good piece of historic Americana, depression era. People like Cagney and Blondell lost a lot of ideals in that period and it rings true even today. Later on Preston Sturges would take some of the same themes in Blonde Crazy and use them in a more comedic way. But this film is still pretty good on its own merits.


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