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9 December 1933 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Dan Quigley

Mae Clarke ... Myra Gale

Margaret Lindsay ... Lois Underwood

Leslie Fenton ... Duke

Douglass Dumbrille ... Spade Maddock (as Douglas Dumbrille)

Russell Hopton ... Smiley

Raymond Hatton ... Pete

Henry O'Neill ... Ramick

Robert Elliott ... Brannigan
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Wilbur Marley

Willard Robertson ... Detective Conroy

William B. Davidson ... Director Williams (as William Davidson)
Douglas Cosgrove ... Detective Jones
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowden Adams ... Lois' Butler (uncredited)

Luis Alberni ... Director (uncredited)
Joseph Belmont ... Monkey Party Guest (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Charlie - the Fence (uncredited)

Harry Beresford ... Dr. Crane (uncredited)

Herman Bing ... Western Director (uncredited)

Harry C. Bradley ... Man with Purse (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

James Burke ... Panhandler (uncredited)

George Chandler ... George Thompson (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Los Angeles Cop (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Prop Man (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Monkey Delivery Man (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Tour Guide to Movie Star's Homes (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Lew - Hood (uncredited)

Grace Hayle ... Fido's Owner (uncredited)

Al Hill ... Casino Bouncer (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... J.B. Roland (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... Jailer (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Mr. Marley's Butler (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Jeffries - Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Porter (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Movie Guard Decked by Dan (uncredited)

Dewey Robinson ... Movie Patron (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Cliff - Assistant Director (uncredited)

Frank Sheridan ... O'Brien - Los Angeles Police Chief (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Seymour - Usher Sergeant (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Monkey Delivery Man (uncredited)
Pauline Wagner ... Glamour Girl at Coconut Grove (uncredited)
Harold Waldridge ... Quigley's Letter Handler (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Jack Don Wong ... Quigley's Houseboy (uncredited)
Tammany Young ... Slug - Movie Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
Writing credits
Ben Markson (screen play) &
Lillie Hayward (screen play) (as Lilie Hayward)

Rosalind Keating Shaffer (story "The Finger Man")

Darryl F. Zanuck  story (uncredited)

Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photography)
Film Editing by
George Amy (edited by)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Other crew
Henry Blanke .... supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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76 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (re-rating) (1940) | Finland:(Banned) (1934) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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When Myra (Mae Clarke) is reading from the California travel brochure, she gets a worried look on her face when she reads "Grapefruit." This is a reference to The Public Enemy (1931) (which also stars James Cagney and Clarke) where Cagney's character pushes a grapefruit into the face of hers.See more »
Boom mic visible: When Dan's former gang approaches the car offering a tour of movie stars homes, they walk through the shadow of the boom microphone - which can initially be seen on the street at their feet, then it rolls up all four as they walk to the side of the car.See more »
Dan Quigley:Heh, California.
[Reading travel brochure]
Dan Quigley:Land of Eternal Sunshine. Ideal climate year round. No fog. No rain. Let's go out there and get sunburned.
Myra Gale:Let's see what else they've got.
[Takes brochure]
Myra Gale:Aw-ha! Sunkist oranges, lemons, prunes, figs... grapefruit.
[Looks concerned]
Dan Quigley:Oh, wait a minute, wait a minute.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"There's always the telegraph, dumbbell.", 28 July 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

New York criminal (James Cagney) takes it on the lam and winds up in Hollywood. There he gets a job working in movies, first in bit parts and eventually as a leading man. But when his old gang hears about his newfound success, they come knocking on his door and risk ruining everything for him.

I hesitate to call this a gangster picture like everybody else seems to be doing. Cagney's character starts out the movie joining a gang but it's a gang of confidence men. Then they graduate to robbing houses before someone is shot and they have to leave town. These aren't racketeers or guys shooting it out with tommy guns. So, in my view, they're criminals for sure but not what I would call gangsters. Not that it matters much in the end. This movie reunites Cagney with his Public Enemy costars Mae Clarke and Leslie Fenton. Clarke is a treat to watch and has great chemistry with Cagney. Lovely Margaret Lindsay plays the movie star Cagney falls for. I'm a fan of hers so of course I enjoyed her in this. Highlights include Cagney dragging Clarke out of his room by her hair and Cagney forcing a movie critic to eat his own review. A fun crime comedy from Warner Bros. with another great Cagney role.

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