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Lady Killer (1933)

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

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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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Director Williams: We're looking for types, new faces, tough guys for a gangster picture. Do you want a job?
Dan Quigley: Doin' what?
Director Williams: Acting in pictures.
Dan Quigley: Who are tryin' to rib?
Director Williams: Do you want it or don't ya?
Dan Quigley: What's in it?
Director Williams: Three bucks a day and a box lunch.
Dan Quigley: I'm on.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.125 (2010) See more »

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Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played during the restaurant scene where the studio representative spots Dan
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Hollywood Gangster
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Lady Killer (1933)

*** (out of 4)

James Cagney plays a movie usher who gets fired and then gets mixed up with some gangster being led by Douglas Dumbrille and Margaret Lindsay. Soon a crime goes wrong so Cagney runs off to Hollywood where he starts work as an extra but quickly becomes a movie star. This is an enjoyable little comedy that works pretty well as a spoof of Hollywood and it gives Cagney a chance to make fun of his own image. Cagney is very good in his role, which once again shows him as a cocky, high tempered thug but there's also other moments including Cagney playing an Indian as well as showing off his comic side. Mae Clarke plays Cagney's love interest in Hollywood and the two are very good together with that infamous scene of Cagney dragging her across the floor by her hair. Both Lindsay and Dumbrille add nice support in their roles. One of the film's highlights is when Cagney orders two dozen monkeys to a party where they escape and cause all sorts of trouble. There's also plenty of nice gags aimed at Hollywood and directors. The film starts to run out of steam during the final act but if you're a fan of Cagney or films of this era then this is certainly worth checking out.


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