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W.R. Burnett (story)
John Lee Mahin (dialogue continuity)
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Release Date:
13 February 1932 (USA) See more »
A thrilling drama of hunters - and hunted, in the city jungles! (Herald). See more »
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 »
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  (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)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | USA:TV-14 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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 »
Reporter:[while eating a sandwich, washed down with a bottle of milk, a plainclothes cop or reporter refers to a man who has been hanged - at least two days ago] That's the way you gotta do with ducks. They're too gamey at first.See more »
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Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Brahms' Lullaby)See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Skirt That Did Them In, 6 April 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Beast Of The City finds Walter Huston cast as a crusading and honest cop, possibly too rigidly honest. His character is a whole lot like Kirk Douglas's detective in Detective Story that would come out a generation later.

The film also borrows a lot from westerns at the time. Huston's unknown western city is ruled by gangster Jean Hersholt who is apparently untouchable as far as the law is concerned. A whole lot like real life gangsters Al Capone and Lucky Luciano who were coming into prominence.

Huston's family life is secure enough, wife Dorothy Peterson, a few kids among them a young Mickey Rooney. He also has his younger and weaker brother Wallace Ford living with them. Ford's got a real good deal, no rent and he apparently chases a lot of skirts. That proves to be his downfall and eventually Huston's.

The skirt that did them in belonged to Jean Harlow. Jean was never a better mantrap in her career than she is The Beast Of The City. Wallace Ford turns out to be putty in her hands.

Also note another good performance in The Beast Of The City is that of Tully Marshall who plays Hersholt's lawyer. The word shyster was invented for lawyers like Marshall, but he's good to have on your side especially if you're guilty as sin.

The climax is an unforgettable one and one more typical to a western than a modern drama. It's what makes The Beast Of The City a classic that is too rarely seen today.

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