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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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Energetic Cagney Film See more (24 total) »

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)
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Energetic Cagney Film, 9 August 2005
Author: mrb1980

Frantic, fast-paced film of ex-con Cagney getting a job at a local scandal sheet working for Bellamy and producing exclusive photographs for the paper. First he poses as an insurance adjuster to steal a photo, then through chicanery he manages to obtain a forbidden photo of a woman in the electric chair. Satisfying story conclusion has Cagney getting the girl and Bellamy playing the chump--again.

This film moves like lightning, guided along by Cagney's seemingly inexhaustible energy. Lots of snappy dialog, great acting, and fine direction make this quite a little gem. Great 1930s feel, and watch quickly for Sterling Holloway (wearing outrageous glasses!) as a journalism student. Highly recommended.

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