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Director:
Writers:
Bertram Millhauser (based on a play by) &
Beulah Marie Dix (based on a play by) ...
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Release Date:
3 June 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Prizefighter Jimmy Dolan accidentally kills a man at a party and escapes. He hides out at a health farm... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jimmy

Loretta Young ... Peggy
Aline MacMahon ... Auntie
Guy Kibbee ... Phlaxer

Lyle Talbot ... Doc
Fifi D'Orsay ... Budgie (as Fifi Dorsay)
Harold Huber ... Reggie Newman
Shirley Grey ... Goldie West
George Meeker ... Charles Magee

John Wayne ... Smith
Arthur Hohl ... Herman Malvin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edward Arnold ... Inspector Ennis (uncredited)
Joan Barclay ... Well-Wisher (uncredited)
Robert Barrat ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Joseph Belmont ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Man on Stairway Giving Directions (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Boxing Handler (uncredited)
Billy Coe ... Fight Timekeeper (uncredited)
Arthur Dekuh ... Louie Primaro (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Man Offering Jimmy a Drink (uncredited)
David Durand ... George Lewis (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Sam Godfrey ... Reporter (uncredited)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Sam (uncredited)
John Kerns ... Fight Opponent (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Reporter in Ring (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... First Referee (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Masseur (uncredited)
Bradley Page ... One of Dolan's Backers (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Last Fight Ring Announcer (uncredited)

Mickey Rooney ... Freckles (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Fight Manager (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Reporter in Ring (uncredited)

Anne Shirley ... Mary Lou (uncredited)
Sammy Stein ... King Cobra (uncredited)
Arthur Vinton ... Matt Lenihan (uncredited)
Huey White ... Handler (uncredited)
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Directed by
Archie Mayo 
 
Writing credits
Bertram Millhauser (based on a play by) (as Bertram Milhauser) &
Beulah Marie Dix (based on a play by)

David Boehm (screen play) and
Erwin S. Gelsey (screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey)

Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Herbert I. Leeds (edited by) (as Bert Levy)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Cliff Hess .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: title music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hal B. Wallis .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1933) (USA) (theatrical) (present) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.)
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Runtime:
88 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Norway:16 (1933) | USA:Approved (PCA #2607-R, 3 September 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The film was shot over a period of 28 days.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the train pulls in to the station near the end of the movie, there are no tracks.See more »
Quotes:
King Cobra:Then why'd ya come here and fight me for?
Jimmy Dolan:I saw yer picture in the papers, I thought I might like ta be alone with ya.
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Movie Connections:
Version of They Made Me a Criminal (1939)See more »
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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Nice Combination, 6 January 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was an entertaining film, right from the get-go, and it seemed to be divided into three segments.

Segment One was a crime story in which the leading character, "Jimmy Dolan" (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) is shown as a heavyweight champion (at 170 pounds? Well, boxing stories weren't all that realistic on film for many years) who is nothing like his public image. (Hmm...sounds like something familiar, even today). Anyway, a reporter finds out Dolan is not as wholesome as he portrays himself, states he's going to blow the whistle on him and Dolan socks him in the face before he can divulge his "scoop." Unfortunately, the blow kills the man. Without going into other details to ruin it anyone who has not seen this, Dolan winds up on the lam out west in Salt Lake City.

Segment Two is a romance, human--interest story. Loretta Young and Ailine MacMahon are introduced into the film as a young woman-and-aunt who run a ranch for several disable kids who were rescued out of an institution. As things progress, Young falls for Fairbanks, and slowly takes the cynicism out of him. The kids are all pretty entertaining and among them is a very young Mickey Rooney who delivers his lines so naturally you can see why he became a big star at a young age. Anne Shirley is also among the kids.

Segment Three involves a boxing match in which Fairbanks is trying to earn money to help save the ranch for the women and kids. In that segment is a young John Wayne, with a greasy 1950s hairdo! The boxing scenes are almost laughable, but that's okay. We are more interested in what happens than how real it looks. This segment also involves Guy Kibbe, a detective who has been tracking down Fairbanks. I can't say more about him without risking spoiling the ending.

That mixture of crime, suspense, action, romance, drama, family and kids sentiment all make this 87-minute film worth your time.

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