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Kubec Glasmon (story) &
John Bright (story)
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Adventures of a cocky con man and his glamorous accomplice. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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James Cagney ... Bert Harris

Joan Blondell ... Anne Roberts

Louis Calhern ... Dapper Dan Barker
Noel Francis ... Helen Wilson

Ray Milland ... Joe Reynolds
Guy Kibbee ... A. Rupert Johnson, Jr.
Polly Walters ... Peggy
William Burress ... Col. Bellock
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Snyder
Nat Pendleton ... Hank - aka Pete
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Ward Bond ... Highway Patrolman (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Detective (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Peter Erkelenz ... Kansas City Dutch (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Tobacco Counterman (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Driver (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Tough Guy on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Russell Hopton ... Jerry (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Four-Eyes (uncredited)
Edward Martindel ... Jeweler (uncredited)
Edward Morgan ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Walter Percival ... Lee (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Mike (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Conman (uncredited)
Lucille Ward ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
 
Writing credits
Kubec Glasmon (story) &
John Bright (story)

Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photography)
Sidney Hickox (photography) (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley 
 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone orchestra
 
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79 min
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USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate not issued at release)

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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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Cagney and Blondell together have such chemistry, 7 November 2009
Author: calvinnme from United States

This is one of those very early talkie/precodes that I wish would come out on DVD. At this point in its history - 1931 - Warner Bros. was the mass producer of urban dramas and films that realistically portrayed the depression. Some of the films Warner made during this time were quite forgettable, and others had something special. This film is one of those special efforts, largely due to the acting skills of Joan Blondell and the great James Cagney and the on-screen chemistry they had. Cagney's character (Bert Harris) starts out as a bellboy in a midwestern hotel who is instantly attracted to Joan Blondell's character (Anne Roberts) when she applies for a job as a hotel maid. Bert wants a career as a confidence man and talks Anne into going into business with him as a partner. They work their way up from that small midwestern town into larger stakes in New York. Along the way Cagney runs into someone who ends up taking him instead of vice versa, Dan Barker, played by Louis Calhern. Calhern always excelled at playing the part of a slippery type, and his performance here is no exception. After settling the score with Dan, Anne wants out of the racket so she can marry a nice young man she has met along the way, and this seems like the end of the film. However, there is one final twist at the end that reunites Anne and Bert in a way that is totally unexpected.

Even though this film was made after Cagney's star-making role in "Public Enemy", he still doesn't have his gangster/wise guy personna down yet. That makes one of the unexpected pleasures of the film seeing how he is still finding his way as far as his trademark gestures go in his later roles. Highly recommended.

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