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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Ahern (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
6 May 1933 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
His camera takes 'em from love nests to Page One before they can bat an eye---or put on a negligee!
Plot:
Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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James Cagney ... Danny

Ralph Bellamy ... McLean
Patricia Ellis ... Patricia

Alice White ... Allison
Ralf Harolde ... Jerry the Mug
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Lieutenant Casey Nolan
Robert Barrat ... Grover - Graphic News Owner

G. Pat Collins ... Hennessy the Fireman (as George Pat Collins)
Arthur Vinton ... John - the Head Keeper
Tom Wilson ... Leo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Black ... Speakeasy Proprietor (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Hood (uncredited)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... James Peters - Drunken Reporter (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Reporter (uncredited)
Cora Sue Collins ... Jerry's Little Girl (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Barber (uncredited)
George Daly ... Machine Gunner (uncredited)
Jill Dennett ... Speakeasy Girl (uncredited)
Mike Donlin ... Poolroom Proprietor (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Editor (uncredited)
Jack Grey ... Alec - Police Officer (uncredited)

Sterling Holloway ... Journalism Student (uncredited)
John Ince ... Police Captain (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Joe Chase - Record Editor (uncredited)
Alice Jans ... Colleen (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Mike - Man with Colleen (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Reporter Outside Prison (uncredited)
Charles King ... Sick Reporter at Execution (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Bookie (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Sergeant Handing Out Guns (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Reporter Witnessing Execution (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Bartender (uncredited)
Barbara Rogers ... Olive - Jerry's Moll (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Reporter Witnessing Execution (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Hood (uncredited)
William H. Strauss ... Tailor (uncredited)

Vaughn Taylor ... Editor (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Reporter F.L. Strange (uncredited)
Billy West ... Reporter Stacy (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Connie Rowland (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Reporter Witnessing Execution (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Ahern (based on a story by) (as Danny Ahern)

Allen Rivkin (adaptation) &
P.J. Wolfson (adaptation)

Ben Markson (dialogue)

William Keighley  uncredited

Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Holmes (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
Gordon Hollingshead .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Ray Heindorf .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Cliff Hess .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Keighley .... dialogue director
Raymond Griffith .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
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77 min
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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 »
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Continuity: During the car chase after Danny has left the execution at Sing Sing, the car loses its left rear tire. However, in a couple of shots from the front of the vehicle as it careens out of control, the left rear tire is visibly intact.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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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Early Papparazzi, 24 June 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

James Cagney, who was always so intense, as the 'bad guy' in most of his movies, seems to be having a great time in "Picture Snatcher', this 1933 film directed by Lloyd Bacon.

In fact, Danny Kean, is first seen being released from jail, after serving three years, but he has had enough of the crime life. He tells his criminal friends he wants out. Not knowing what to do, he decides to try his hand at photo journalism by applying to be a news photographer at the Graphic News. The friendly editor, Al Mclean, decides to give him a break.

Thus begins Danny's adventures as a news photographer that gets the right picture, at the right moment for his paper. He also finds happiness with Pat, the lovely daughter of a friendly policeman. At the same time, he is being the object of a co-worker's desire, something he wants no part of, since he has decided to go straight.

The great James Cagney is a joy to watch in the film. He was a charismatic actor that is always excellent no matter what he did. Another surprise is Ralph Bellamy, who played the editor that decides to give the ex-con a break. The lovely Patricia Ellis is the object of Danny's affections. Alice White plays a bad girl that wants to get Danny for herself.

The film will not disappoint fans of Mr. Cagney for the change of pace it represented and the fun one gets by watching it.

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