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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:
Beware the hunters who stalk their prey through city jungles! 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:
Harlow and Huston great, the movie only good See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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 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)
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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 
 
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)
 
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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:
Title Card:Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant, universal backing of public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts - I am convinced that our police would stamp out the excessive crime - which has disgraced some of our great cities - President Herbert Hoover.See more »
Movie Connections:
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Harlow and Huston great, the movie only good, 6 June 2005
Author: GreenHammer from United States

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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