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Young New York cop Dan falls in love with waterfront waitress Helen. Helen's sister Kate falls for gangster Duke. Dan must do in Duke.

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Marion Burns ...
Kate Riley
George Walsh ...
Duke Castenega
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Pop Riley
Noel Madison ...
Baby Face Castenega
Henry B. Walthall ...
Sgt. John Collins aka Sarge
Bert Hanlon ...
Jake
Adrian Morris ...
Allen aka Al
George Chandler ...
Eddie Collins
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Young New York cop Dan falls in love with waterfront waitress Helen. Helen's sister Kate falls for gangster Duke. Dan must do in Duke.

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4 December 1932 (USA)  »

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Pier 13  »

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Reportedly shot in just 19 days by Raoul Walsh. See more »

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Helen Riley: Oh, he kissed me. I'm so thrilled, but I'll pretend I'm mad.
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Remade as Pier 13 (1940) See more »

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Ingratiating pre-Code fun
18 July 2005 | by (Oakland, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

"Me and My Gal" is an ingratiating pre-Code comedy-drama enhanced by spirited banter between Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett who play two young people feeling each other out as potential mates. Bennett is surprisingly good as a wise-cracking, down-to-earth waitress who speaks her mind and can easily hold her own against Tracy's New York City cop. The pre-Code era's lack of pretense about sexuality makes their impassioned kiss in the diner -- as the two knock over items on the lunch counter -- all the more humorous. Bennett, both impressed and amused by Tracy's kiss, responds: "If you're gonna kiss me like that, you're gonna have to marry me." It's a magical little moment that caused the passage of time since 1932 to drop away and left me there with them to enjoy the fun.

A sub-plot involves Bennett's newly married sister, a good girl who nevertheless can't resist her bad boy gangster ex-boyfriend. When he needs to hide from the police, she installs him in a spare bedroom, under the nose of her disabled father-in-law who is confined to a wheelchair, can't speak a word and communicates only by blinking his eyes in Morse code. Later, when everything gets resolved, Tracy tells the father-in-law that the daughter-in-law is a good kid at heart in spite of what she did, expressing pre-Code generosity for forgiveness and tolerance, even in sexual transgressions with gangsters.


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