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Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »

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Lefty Merrill
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Ruth Waters
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Radio Announcer
Ruth Donnelly ...
Lil Waters
Claire Dodd ...
Marlene Reeves
Robert McWade ...
Charles Reeves
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Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is over, he's forced to come up with a series of cons to help pay it back. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Hey, Folks!... I'm back!

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28 January 1933 (USA)  »

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A Bad Boy  »

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$189,000 (estimated)
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The uncredited character "Ralph Blackman - band leader" is a parody of the famous bandleader Paul Whiteman. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the dance marathon Lefty says that the prize money (10 $100 bills) is fresh from the US Mint. The US Mint produces coins. Paper money is produced by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. See more »

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Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played at the dance marathon
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Decent But Not The Best of Early Cagney
6 September 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

James Cagney is better in the Roy del Ruth movies of this period. However, he was a dynamic, unstoppable force. He is believable here as a goodhearted con artist with a good heart.

He has some great scenes: In one, he runs down flight after flight of a winding staircase.

Mary Brian is the nominal leading lady. She's OK. But Ruth Donnelly is really Cagney's co-star here. Playing Brian's avaricious, canny mother, she is hilarious. Nobody can put one over on her. If anyone tries, she'll bounce right back. She'll change her tune. She'll double-cross and triple-cross to get what she wants for herself and her pretty daughter.

Donnelly was a reliable supporting performer in more movies than anyone could easily count. Rarely did she get such a role. She grabs it and runs with it. She and Cagney are fantastic together. It's a shame they were never teamed again.


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