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The Beast of the City (1932)

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Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.

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Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick is fighting gangster Sam Belmonte. He asks his dishonest brother Ed to keep an eye on Daisy who was connected with Belmonte. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Beware the hunters who stalk their prey through city jungles! See more »


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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

13 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

City Sentinels  »

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Budget:

$230,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fifty-two minutes into the film Daisy (Jean Harlow) has a party at her place. On a small table against the back wall is a photo of Clark Gable, her co-star in Red Dust (1932) the same year. See more »

Quotes

Lt. John 'Mac' McCowsky: [Watching the sergeant's solitaire game] Hey, you're cheatin'! You've got a black queen on a black king!
Desk Sergeant: What are you kickin' about? They don't seem to mind.
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Old Black Joe
(1853) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Wallace Ford
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Very exciting but also a bit ridiculous
28 May 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an exciting Pre-Code cop film from MGM. When I say "Pre-Code", I am indicating that it was made just before the adoption of the Hollywood Production Code that was intended to clean up movies and eliminate sex, violence and other adult-only content in films. Because of this, the film is much more violent than films made in the mid-30s and later. It also features a lot of seamy dialog and content. A few examples of these taboos that were in some Pre-Code films would include:

Police radio reports of "a nude woman on the corner of Elm and Berry" and an "indecent exposure".

Memorable lines such as "the back of his head was blown out" and referring to the coroner's vehicle as "the meat wagon".

These sleazy elements actually helped make the movie more exciting and seem more like a real police story. And it was exciting throughout until a very, very disappointing and silly ending. Yes, this ending WAS violent and satisfying on a baser level, but it just made no sense at all. This helped to make this movie a good time-passer with some sleazy elements, but not much more. Exciting but not all that satisfying.

In addition to all the excitement, look for a very young and pretty adorable Mickey Rooney as Walter Huston's son.


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