Dan Curly sends two hitmen to kill double-crossing Flicker Hayes, who retreats to a small village with ex-prostitute Rose to hide.

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Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
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Rose Lawrence
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Nick Gardella
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Pop Sims, aka Jim Parker
Sarah Padden ...
Mrs. Gardella
Harold Huber ...
J.C. Ward, Curly's Hitman
Russell Hopton ...
Monk, Curly's Hitman
Ralf Harolde ...
Frank 'Red' Deering
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Dutch, Santa Avila's Cabbie
Bradley Page ...
Dan 'Danny' Curly
Samuel E. Hines ...
Gassy
George Chandler ...
Highway Service Station Counterman
James Eagles ...
Whitey, the Driver (as James Eagle)
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Flicker Hayes informs the police after he sets up two men to be caught in a phony robbery attempt, because they were responsible for his going to prison. Dan Curly escapes, but the other kills a policeman and goes to the chair, so Dan wants two hitmen to get Flicker, who plans to leave the country. But he meets down-and-out Rose Lawrence, an ex-prostitute looking to hitch a ride to a small fishing village in the south to marry a Portuguese fisherman, and Flicker decides it would be a nice place to hide. After he seduces Rose, Flicker stakes her to a bus ticket and goes with her. But he's been spotted by Pop Sims, who follows them and reports Flicker's whereabouts to Dan. Meanwhile, Rose falls in love with Flicker, who is unaware that the hitmen are coming to kill him. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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a post-code serious film for this lively team
2 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Cagney and Joan Blondell team up for the seventh and last time for "He Was Her Man," a Warner Brothers film from 1934.

Cagney is Flicker Hayes. He tells the police about a robbery attempt so that they can catch the two men who put him in prison. One, Dan, escapes. The other kills a cop and winds up in the electric chair.

Dan orders two hit-man to find Flicker and kill him. Flicker rents a room and meets Rose (Blondell), a young, sad woman who returns to the room to fetch her wedding dress. She is a former prostitute and needs a ride to a fishing village, where her betrothed, a Portugese fisherman (Victor Jory) is waiting to marry her.

Sounds good to Flicker - it's obscure, anyway, so he accompanies her. The two fall for one another, and no doubt have sex when the camera isn't around - it is post-code, after all. Rose doesn't want to marry her boyfriend now, she wants to go away with Flicker. He buys a bus ticket for her and they go to the bus station together.

Unfortunately, Flicker has been discovered by Dan and his thugs, who want to kill him.

A dark film with two subdued performances by the leads, who are both very good. Cagney does a great job, as always - even though he's not a flying high, exuberant criminal, he still plays a confident man, and you can't help noticing him.

Blondell, who did so many comedy roles, is dead serious here and very effective.

Others in the cast, besides those mentioned, are George Chandler, Harold Huber, John Qualen - lots of familiar faces.

Victor Jory is somewhat miscast but pulls off his role as a gentle person who truly cares for Rose.

You're not really sure how this will end. It is a lovely ending, if poignant. Well directed by Lloyd Bacon.


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