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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:
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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:
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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:[Addressing the assembled policeman, upon his being appointed the new Chief of Police] We're going to start with a clean slate, see? I don't know a thing about any of you. Good or bad, efficient or inefficient. I'm not upsetting any apple cart. Every man keeps the job he's got now until he proves to me he's worth a better one or he has no right on the force at all...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Jean Hersholt as a bad guy?, 10 January 2006
Author: jbacks3-1 from Denver

I love pre-code gangster movies! While Warner's is the indisputable king, MGM threw out all the stops in what appears as an attempt to go head to head with Warner's in making a crime drama. The results are remarkable. The stars here are the cops, something WB didn't focus on until 3 years later with G-Men. Walter Huston does a remarkable job as a police captain whose badge is on the rise but whose not afraid to get his hands dirty. His career is endangered by his reckless, irresponsible younger brother (well played by Wallace Ford, very early in his career), also a cop, who's got an eye for hard-bitten gangland moll Jean Harlow. There's several fantastic scenes: Harlow's memorable line-up, Harlow's hoochie koochie dance, running outdoor gun battles and an outrageous final face-to-face confrontation between the cops and Hersholt's gang in a restaurant. Judging by the 1930's police tactics depicted, it'd be a miracle if anyone on the force survived till retirement. Cops continuously run fearlessly headlong into hails of lead without a thought to taking cover. Look for a young Mickey Rooney and those twin girls (the 14-year old Crane twins) that briefly announced Hal Roach's opening Our Gang credits as Huston's kids. Huston probably drew upon this role for the extremely weird Gabriel Over the White House the following year. Seeing Jean Hersholt (by all accounts one of the most lovable guys in Hollywood--- yeesh, he's got a humanitarian award named in his honor) playing a greasy Capone-esquire crime lord stretches disbelief, but at this point in his career he was considered a 'heavy,' and image that would drastically change over the next decade when he became synonymous with kindly Dr. Gillespie. Beast of the City gives you all this plus creative pre-Miranda police interviewing techniques--- it's cool to see those great 1929-31 Lincoln police cars racing around chasing bad guys with their blaring one-way radios. Beast of the City ranks with the best of the genre and thanks to TCM and TiVo I've seen it a dozen times... this is excellent! Rates a 10!

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