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Lady Killer (1933)

TV-G | | 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.



(screen play), (screen play) (as Lilie Hayward) | 1 more credit »



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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


Both George Blackwood as "Escort" and John Marsden as "Kendall" are listed in studio records/casting call lists, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. A modern source lists Sam Ash as "Hood,' but that role was played by Lew Harvey. See more »


After the robbery of the robbery of the wealthy woman's home the paper says a maid was struck and seriously injured; and later in Cagney's office they're still talking about a maid who screams. Later when the guy who actually hit comes back scared; he's says the butler died. See more »


Movie Patron: [Entering a movie theater] Hey, you got a Mickey Mouse on the bill today?
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Dan Quigley: No, no Mickey Mouse.
Slug - Movie Patron: Why?
Dan Quigley: Because he's makin' a personal appearance in Jersey City.
Slug - Movie Patron: Oh, you're trying to kid somebody, heh?
Movie Patron: Come on, Slug, let's get our dough back.
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California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
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a bit difficult to believe but lots of fun
20 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Jimmy Cagney plays a gangster in this film. However, despite having seen him play such a role in countless other films, this one is unique and well worth seeing because it STILL dares to be different.

Cagney is a wanted man back East, so he gets the idea of going to the West Coast to hang out and wait for things to die down. However, once there he is discovered by Hollywood and stars in gangster films because he is "so natural and believable". Well, despite his very shady past, Cagney tries to go straight and likes the life of a star. However, old associates realize who he is and try to blackmail him.

The film is a light comedy that invigorates the standard gangster genre. For its uniqueness and excellent acting and writing, the film gets an 8.

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