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Picture Snatcher (1933)

Not Rated | | Drama, Crime | 6 May 1933 (USA)
Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't ... See full summary »

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McLean
Patricia Ellis ...
Patricia
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Allison
Ralf Harolde ...
Jerry the Mug
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Lieutenant Casey Nolan
Robert Barrat ...
Grover - Graphic News Owner
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Hennessy the Fireman (as George Pat Collins)
Arthur Vinton ...
John - the Head Keeper
Tom Wilson ...
Leo
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Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't like that relation at first, but McLean, Kean's boss, convinces him of Kean's good nature. But Kean uses his relation to Patricia to make a photo of an execution. Due to this, Nolan loses his stripes and Kean isn't allowed to see Patricia any longer. But when one of his former friends kills two policemen, Kean sees his chance.... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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His camera takes 'em from love nests to Page One before they can bat an eye---or put on a negligee!

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Drama | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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6 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit der Kamera  »

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Trivia

The scene of Danny photographing an execution is based an actual incident in which Chicago-based crime photographer Tom Howard (who was the grandfather of 'George Wendt') surreptitiously snapped the famous photo of convicted murderess Ruth Snyder's January 12, 1928 execution in the electric chair at Sing Sing for the New York Daily News. See more »

Goofs

Cagney's suit goes from dirty to clean to dirty again during the car chase from Sing Sing and the subsequent subway ride. See more »

Quotes

[Danny is giving a tour of his newspaper's printing room]
Journalism Student: Yes, here it is - white wood pulp, plain white... Why, today it's raw, but tonight it's cooked with printer's ink, photographic art, the sweat of creative effort. Tomorrow it goes out and hundreds of thousands of men and women feed their starving, mediocre souls on the indiscretions and adventures of others. And then, a little while later, what is it?
Danny Kean: Don't you know? They use it to wrap herring.
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Connections

Remade as Escape from Crime (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

For You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played as background piano music in the bar
Also played on the radio in Connie's apartment
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CAGNEY LIKES A LAVENDER SMELLING BATH IN THE TUB!!
9 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Have enjoyed all Cagney movies and thought I had seen them all until I viewed this film on TV. James Cagney tries to go straight after getting out of prison and has a great desire to become a photographer; he loves to smell like a rose in this picture and is depicted taking a bath in the tub while his gangster friends pour in the LAVENDER, he remarks to his friends, "Is this the same perfume that those two(2) gals had on in the car?" Ralph Bellamy,"Rosemary's Baby" '68 gives a great supporting role as a drunk newspaper man and Patricia Ellis(I) "Back Door to Heaven"'39 gives the romance Cagney is looking for. In 1933, money was hard to come by after the Great Depression and actors had to make a living in any picture that came their way. This is a great CAGNEY CLASSIC and in NO WAY should it be PICK APART!! Just sit back and enjoy a great American Irish ACTOR!!!


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