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Picture Snatcher
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Daniel Ahern (based on a story by)
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6 May 1933 (USA) See more »
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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!
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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Cagney Joins The Paparazzi! See more (30 total) »

Cast

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James Cagney ... Danny

Ralph Bellamy ... McLean

Patricia Ellis ... Patricia

Alice White ... Allison

Ralf Harolde ... Jerry
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Lt. Nolan

Robert Barrat ... Grover

G. Pat Collins ... Hennessy (as George Pat Collins)
Arthur Vinton ... John
Tom Wilson ... Leo
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77 min
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Film debut of Vaughn Taylor.See more »
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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 »
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[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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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Cagney Joins The Paparazzi!, 21 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was great! It's vintage Cagney: tough, cocky, funny and endearing! The film is also typical early '30s: short, entertaining, fast-moving with some wild dialog and plenty of action and humor.

Imagine the outcry today if they showed the hero pushing women around as James Cagney did here and in other films of the period. This particular story has Cagney playing "Danny Kean," an ex-con who quits his former mob and winds up at a tabloid newspaper as a member of the paparazzi! (I guess this story was ahead of it's time.) He does what he has to do get a picture for the paper, and a financial raise for his efforts.

Along the way are several very pretty women "Pat" and "Allison" (played respectively by Patricia Ellis and Alice White); a number of sexual innuendos (which wouldn't have made it in the picture had this been made a year later); and just a fun-filled corny 1930s ride.

I wish a bunch more of these entertaining films, especially with Cagney, were available.

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