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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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A thrilling drama of hunters - and hunted, in the city jungles! (Herald). See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Passed | See all certifications »
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13 February 1932 (USA)  »

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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

At 52 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 »

Goofs

When Ed and Daisy first kiss, in a medium shot, he's holding her head in the crook of his left arm, and her right had is on his side. In the next closer shot, his arm is down and her right hand is up on his lapel. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: [Noticing his handfull of bills] That's mighty pretty wallpaper, Sam. Business must be good.
Sam Belmonte: Yeah, I got a corner in the grapefruit market.
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: How about those kegs of California orange juice?
Sam Belmonte: You know it's funny about those grapefruits. They're being trucked in over the Huntington Turnpike; but, it's getting pretty bumpy out there and they're somewhat liable to get spoiled.
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Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Brahms' Lullaby)
(1868) (uncredited)
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Heard during the end credits
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Harlow and Huston great, the movie only good
6 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I popped this in one day not really knowing what to expect out of it. I came in with no prior knowledge of what the movie was even about. I didn't' expect all that much, so i was pleasantly surprised.

I think the thing that stuck with me the most about this picture was that, although slightly dated, it still holds up quite well today. The film attempts to tell the classic cops .vs. gangsters story from the cops point of view, and the measures they needed to go to wipe out gang violence and crime at that time.

The film starts out fresh but gets bogged down in a tedious, and borderline pointless courtroom trial. The ham factor is through the roof here. The performances throughout the rest of the picture, particularly Huston and Harlow, are very good however.

The ending, like so many of my reviewing compatriots mentioned, is pretty shocking for it's time, but is hurt by the terribly lame lines before the action starts.

The Bottom Line - Nothing too special about the movie, but strong performances, a decent script, and some great scenes warrant ***/****


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