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Director:
Writers:
Ben Markson (screen play) &
Lillie Hayward (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
9 December 1933 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Is Hollywood howling ! at this inside story of The Screen Idol Who Threw -?- -?- -?- Out Of His -?- -?- -?- On Her -?- ! See more »
Plot:
A former gangster makes it big in Hollywood, but his old life catches up with him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cagney in many guises, and a fun, layered up romp from poker to the movies See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Dan

Mae Clarke ... Myra

Margaret Lindsay ... Lois
Leslie Fenton ... Duke

Douglass Dumbrille ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowden Adams ... Lois' Butler (uncredited)
Luis Alberni ... Director (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 Extra (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 - Theater Manager (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Porter (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Extra in Casino (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 ... Oriental (uncredited)
Tammany Young ... Slug - Movie Patron (uncredited)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
76 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 (re-rating) (1940) | Finland:(Banned) (1934) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Hey, what about we go to Florida?
Dan Quigley:Uh-uh. Too many hurricanes, blow you right out of bed. Wake up in the morning and find a boat in your lap.
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Movie Connections:
References Dark Hazard (1934)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dancing with Tears in My EyesSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Cagney in many guises, and a fun, layered up romp from poker to the movies, 8 July 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

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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