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Kubec Glasmon (story) &
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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)
 
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Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
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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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A strange little Pre-Code flick, 19 July 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Aside from an ending that just seemed too vague and too abrupt, this is a very little enjoyable film from Warner Brothers. In some ways, it's very much a Pre-Code style film but it's not as salacious as some of the more extreme films during the era. Sure, there is a some sexual innuendo and the main characters are awfully amoral, but it other ways things are bizarrely chaste--and it's something you really need to see to appreciate.

The film begins with Ann (Joan Blondell) looking for a job at a hotel. A slick bellboy, Bert (James Cagney) helps her get a job and almost immediately begins pawing at her. He's also a guy who is a bit of a huckster--and he schemes and pulls off petty grifter schemes for extra money. Want an example of the sort of dialog in this part of the film?

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!

As I said, there is a lot of innuendo. However, unlike films like "Red- Headed Woman" and "Platinum Blonde", the leading lady in this one seems to have her virtue intact throughout the film. Ann is willing to go along with some of Bert's schemes but keeps him at a distance throughout the film.

Eventually, the pair get tired of penny ante stakes and quite their jobs to travel the country cheating boobs here and there. The trouble is that in the process, the pair obviously become quite fond of each other. But Ann doesn't want this sort of life forever and eventually falls for a stockbroker (Ray Milland). What's in store for Bert? Well, watch the film for the super-bizarro ending to see for yourself. I don't want to give it away but suffice to say it seems to come from out of no where and the ending of the film is incredibly vague and a bit unsatisfying-- hence my score of only 7 when it easily could have earned a higher rating up until then.

The overall moral of the film seems to be EVERYONE is corrupt and what you get out of life is what you can take--a thoroughly Pre-Code moral in every way! Still, despite its dubious life lesson, the film is well acted and paced, quite enjoyable to watch and offers Cagney a part to play one of his strangest characters. This isn't the nasty criminal sort he played in "Public Enemy" nor the heroic sort he played in Post- Code films, that's for sure.

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