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The Beast of the City (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 February 1932 (USA)
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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Human lives are offered up daily to the Beast of the City Jungle, so that scented, silken-clad women can enjoy the forbidden thrills of a modern Babylon! See this heart-wrenching drama! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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13 February 1932 (USA)  »

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City Sentinels  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Eleven-year-old Mickey Rooney plays Walter Huston's small son in his first full-length sound feature film. His first line is, "Say, those don't look like pancakes!" See more »

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When Tom and Mac go out to see Jim at his new, quieter precinct, Jim passes out cigars. Mac takes a couple or three and then is seen putting them into his coat pocket twice in successive shots. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: Are you married?
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: Nope.
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: I thought all cops were married.
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: I'll stick to variety.
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: Ooh, a girl in every precinct, huh?
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: [drunkenly] Yeah, somethin' like that.
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Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Brahms' Lullaby)
(1868) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played as background music at the end
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The Skirt That Did Them In
6 April 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Beast Of The City finds Walter Huston cast as a crusading and honest cop, possibly too rigidly honest. His character is a whole lot like Kirk Douglas's detective in Detective Story that would come out a generation later.

The film also borrows a lot from westerns at the time. Huston's unknown western city is ruled by gangster Jean Hersholt who is apparently untouchable as far as the law is concerned. A whole lot like real life gangsters Al Capone and Lucky Luciano who were coming into prominence.

Huston's family life is secure enough, wife Dorothy Peterson, a few kids among them a young Mickey Rooney. He also has his younger and weaker brother Wallace Ford living with them. Ford's got a real good deal, no rent and he apparently chases a lot of skirts. That proves to be his downfall and eventually Huston's.

The skirt that did them in belonged to Jean Harlow. Jean was never a better mantrap in her career than she is The Beast Of The City. Wallace Ford turns out to be putty in her hands.

Also note another good performance in The Beast Of The City is that of Tully Marshall who plays Hersholt's lawyer. The word shyster was invented for lawyers like Marshall, but he's good to have on your side especially if you're guilty as sin.

The climax is an unforgettable one and one more typical to a western than a modern drama. It's what makes The Beast Of The City a classic that is too rarely seen today.


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