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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.

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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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Comedy | Crime

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Trivia

After James Cagney, dressed as a native American, dismounts a mechanical horse, he finds it painful to sit down in Lois' dressing room. When she enters and asks him what he's made up for, Cagney, who was fluent in Yiddish, responds "Big Chief Es Tut Mir Veh im Tuchas," which delicately translated means "Big Chief It Hurts My Rear End." See more »

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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 »

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

Soundtracks

Isn't It Heavenly
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Played when Myra invites Dan into her apartment.
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Cagney in many guises, and a fun, layered up romp from poker to the movies
8 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lady Killer (1933)

I love these multi-part stories, where one set of scenes shifts to a whole new set, and then they eventually intertwine. And I also love movies that show the inside of Hollywood, with actual recreations of movie sets and movie shoots.

Lady Killer has both, and James Cagney, too. It's fast, furious, funny, and shot with a bright, glinting intelligence. Not quite a gangster film, it does have crime and some crooked thugs. And not quite a comedy, it pulls out quite a few laughs, mostly because Cagney is a card. There are two fabulous first ladies (and they naturally must view for our man), Mae Clark and Margaret Lindsay, and a slew of second men who hold up their characters with caricature.

In all, there is no Warner message here, except maybe the virtue can sometimes prevail. It's just a lot of great scenes, witty dialog, and a play of good guys against bad guys. Look for some stunning rain scenes in California (yeah, I know), and for a huge range of interior and exterior set ups, fairly elaborate for Warner Bros. budgets.

For Cagney fans, it's a riot to see him take on, briefly, a series of roles as Indian chief, Italian lover, and prisoner on work detail. The latter, of course, is close to the real roles that made him famous, and his role here is actually a little lighter than that, a bad guy who is all wisecracks and cheerfulness. Look for some insider jokes, like the poster (and mention) of the Edward G. Robinson film, and the movie ushers wearing hats all with the Warner Brothers logo on it.

Great stuff. I loved it even as I knew it wasn't quite a masterpiece. Oh, and the new (2010) Warner DVD is sparkling, a first rate print!


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