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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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The working title for the film was "City Sentinels". See more »

Goofs

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

Sam Belmonte: Fighting Fitz tries to send up his own brother and Sam Belmonte gets him off. I guess that'll show dem whose the boss of this town!
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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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Another Entertaining Early '30s Crime Movie
11 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would classify this early 1930s gangster flick as "ordinary" but that's better than you think, because these kind of movies ordinarily are fast-paced, a bit edgy, have unique language to them and generally are pretty interesting...and they are short films, which isn't always bad, either.

This one features Walter Huston as the hard-nosed committed cop trying to clean up his crime-ridden city with the eventual goal getting to the number one guy: the "beast" of the city. The ending is a wild one and commented on by a number of reviewers, here and elsewhere.

A subplot involves Huston's younger brother (Wallace Ford), also a lawman, who is corrupted and then, after being exposed, tries to atone for his sins at the end. Jean Harlow also stars in this film. Frankly, I never found her as sexy as her reputation, but she is excellent in here and very interesting to view. Finally, we also get to see a very young Mickey Rooney, as one of Huston's children. He didn't have many lines but you knew it was him with that smile and all those teeth!

Let's hope someone puts this out on DVD. It's too good to be a secret.


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