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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14 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Gente Esperta  »

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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

Pawnbroker: [inspecting the stolen bracelet Bert has brought in] It's nice. Maybe it's too nice. What'll I do with it? That stuff is hard to sell.
Bert Harris: Who cares? Give to your wife for a Christmas present.
[grabbing the pawnbroker by the ear]
Bert Harris: Listen three-balls, I want five thousand dollars and I want it in a hurry. It's worth twenty thousand. And don't give me any backtalk.
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Referenced in James Cagney: Top of the World (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

When Your Lover Has Gone
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by E.A. Swan
Played and sung during the credits by an uncredited tenor
Played by an orchestra at a nightclub
Played as background music when Bert proposes to Anne
Played as background music at the end
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A must-see for Cagney fans
1 July 1999 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of film the Hays Office was established to prevent. Jimmy Cagney as a charming, likable con man. Adorable Joan Blondell in the bathtub. Glamourization of (still illegal) alcohol. Fraud, theft and assault all served up cool and bubbly as champagne. I loved it! If you ever wondered why Cagney became such a big star, just watch him in this early effort. He was truly one of the most magnetic personalities of early Hollywood. Turner Classic Movies print in pretty good shape, which can't be said of a lot of films of this vintage. Watch, enjoy!


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