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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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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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An 11-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 »

Goofs

When Ed and Daisy are out at the club, the lamp on the table is initially to Ed's right. In the next shot, it's to his left. The position of the lamp on the table keeps changing in subsequent shots during the entire scene. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: [Opening a beer] Oh, boy, did I get you all wet?
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: I've always been all wet, honey.
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: I wish somebody would invent one of these bottles that didn't always fizz.
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: I'll take care of that the first thing in the morning.
[Toasting]
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: Down the boobie hatch.
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: It's pretty hot tonight.
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: You're telling me!
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: No, I mean the orchestra. It's not as good as that one at Purple Lodge. Remember? Say, let's go up there this weekend. We never go any place anymore, except come to this dump!
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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) 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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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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