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Lady Killer (1933)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  9 December 1933 (USA)
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A former gangster makes it big in Hollywood, but his old life catches up with him.

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Complete credited cast:
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Dan
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Myra
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Lois
Leslie Fenton ...
Duke
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Spade (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Russell Hopton ...
Smiley
Raymond Hatton ...
Pete
Henry O'Neill ...
Ramick
Robert Elliott ...
Brannigan
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Marley
Willard Robertson ...
Detective Conroy
William B. Davidson ...
Director Williams (as William Davidson)
Douglas Cosgrove ...
Detective Jones
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Storyline

When a movie theater usher is fired, he takes up with criminals and finds himself quite adept at various illegal activities. Eventually though, the police catch up with him, and he runs to hide out in Los Angeles. There he stumbles into the movie business and soon rises to stardom. He has gone straight, but his newfound success arouses the interest of his old criminal associates, who are not above blackmail... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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blackmail | police | usher | train | gangster | See more »

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Warner Bros. screen scoop of the year teaming Jimmie again with the girl he slapped all the way from obscurity to fame in "Public Enemy" See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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9 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Finger Man  »

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(Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene where Dan Quigley hauls Myra Gale across the apartment floor by her hair, and throws her out the door, James Cagney taught his co-star Mae Clarke an old stage trick. When Cagney grabbed hold of Clarke's hair (holding her by the top of her head), Clarke reached up and grabbed Cagney's wrist with both hands. This put her weight on Cagney's wrist, instead of on her hair. Clarke then held on to Cagney's wrist, screaming as he dragged her across the room. See more »

Goofs

When Cagney's character asks film reviewer "Mr. Blair" into the men's room at The Cocoanut Grove to "discuss" his latest review, all of the stall doors are closed. After Cagney forces him to eat his review, the third stall door is open (no one enters or exits the room during this scene). See more »

Quotes

Myra Gale: [preparing to pour a drink for Dan] How much?
Dan Quigley: Oh, about two ounces,one for each kidney.
Myra Gale: [handing him the drink] Here. Oh, uh, chaser?
Dan Quigley: Always have been.
[they laugh]
Dan Quigley: Funny fella.
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Connections

Featured in James Cagney: Top of the World (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Burke
Played during the restaurant scene where the studio representative spots Dan
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Fast-paced, exciting Cagney comedy!
20 April 2000 | by (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

If you like James Cagney, and I sure do, you'll love this comedy melodrama from the pre-code years at Warner Brothers. Cagney portrays a cheap hoodlum who falls in with a gang of petty con artists, gets wrapped on the knucklesl by the long arm of the law, and winds up becoming a movie matinee idol. It's fun all the way, with enough wise-cracking dialogue, rapid action, car chases, gunfire, and double-dealing to satisfy any fan of the early gangster films, yet it's a lively, tongue-in-cheek comedy from start to finish. Enjoy!


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