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Director:
Writers:
W.R. Burnett (story)
John Lee Mahin (dialogue continuity)
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Release Date:
13 February 1932 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A thrilling drama of hunters - and hunted, in the city jungles! (Herald). See more »
Plot:
Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Little known and waiting to be rediscovered See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Huston ... Jim Fitzpatrick

Jean Harlow ... Daisy
Wallace Ford ... Ed Fitzpatrick

Jean Hersholt ... Sam Belmonte
Dorothy Peterson ... Mary Fitzpatrick

Tully Marshall ... Michaels
John Miljan ... District Attorney
Emmett Corrigan ... Chief of Police
Warner Richmond ... Tom
Sandy Roth ... Mac
J. Carrol Naish ... Cholo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Baker ... Detective (uncredited)
Elmer Ballard ... Mayor (uncredited)
Sammy Blum ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy ... Policeman #5 on Telephone (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Pat - Car 47 Driver (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Joel - Policeman Outside Car 47 (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Reporter (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Plainclothesman Leaving Bureau (uncredited)
Edward Coppo ... Fingerprint Expert (uncredited)
Betty Mae Crane ... Helen - Fitzpatrick Twin (uncredited)
Beverly Crane ... Madison - Fitzpatrick Twin (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman in Car 91 (uncredited)
Mike Donlin ... Reporter Going to Phone His Stuff (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Drunken Girl Singing at Party (uncredited)
Jack Grey ... Jack - Detective (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Reporter in Jim's Office (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman #4 on Telephone (uncredited)
Julie Haydon ... Blonde in Police Lineup (uncredited)
Lew Hicks ... Policeman at Telephone (uncredited)
Frank Holliday ... Detective Arresting Drunk (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Policeman in Car 91 (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Intimidated Witness (uncredited)
Murray Kinnell ... Judge (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank LaRue ... Policeman #3 on Telephone (uncredited)
Tom London ... First Policeman Killed in Final Raid (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Sam's Henchman (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Detective (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Policeman (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Field Norton ... Guest at Police Meeting (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Booking Policeman (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Detective (uncredited)

Nat Pendleton ... Abe Gorman (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Policeman #2 on Telephone (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Policeman #1 on Telephone - Night Man (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Identifying Witness (uncredited)

Mickey Rooney ... Mickey Fitzpatrick (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Police Clerk (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Headwaiter at Celli's (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Policeman in Hall (uncredited)
Dick Sutherland ... Narciso (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Leo White ... Arrested Man Getting Property Receipt (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Coroner (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Sam's Henchman (uncredited)
Dorothea Wolbert ... Shoplifter (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Brabin 
 
Writing credits
W.R. Burnett (story)

John Lee Mahin (dialogue continuity) (as John L. Mahin)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Robert Shirley .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:TV-14 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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:
Capt. Jim Fitzpatrick:I hate Belmonte and that crowd because they're behind everything in this town that's rotten. I mean to wipe 'em out if it takes hot lead.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Brahms' Lullaby)See more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Little known and waiting to be rediscovered, 29 July 1999
Author: Jason-38 from New York, New York

This is one of the grittiest of the pre-Production Code features. It is important to realize that just two years later, with the implementation of the rewritten Production Code in 1934, this film could not have been made.

As with any piece of popular entertainment that is nearly 70 years old, there are going to be dated elements. What is more important is how relatively modern this film feels, especially compared to the films made under the Production Code after 1934. The story is a hard slice of life, and it will not suit all tastes. This is especially true for those who have been too conditioned by Production Code features and television.

The ending has been compared to Sam Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH and Don Siegel's DIRTY HARRY, and not without cause. However, try to imagine yourself as a member of the original theatrical release audience in 1932. There would have been very little to prepare you for it, apart from DOORWAY TO HELL, LITTLE CAESAR, PUBLIC ENEMY, and SCARFACE. The difference here is that the story is told from the point of view of the men in law enforcement. It focuses on something that was common knowledge at the time, that prohibition had corrupted law enforcement far beyond the scope of anything the public had ever known.

The remedy for corruption that this film prescribes is very strong medicine indeed. You may not like it, but I defy you not to think about it for a long time after you've seen it.

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