An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.



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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Corrigan
Joan Martin
Charles Wallingham
Arthur Hohl ...
Ronny Gatson
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Fake Worthingham
Gladys Farrell
Renee Whitney ...
Hendrickson (as Ralfe Harolde)
Merna Kennedy ...
Intern Blair
Sarah Posy Barton
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Nurse (scenes deleted)


Unscrupulous investigator of lost heirs Jimmy Corrigan loses his love Joan Martin to apparently upright competitor James Wallingham. He counters by adding a veneer of respectability to his own operation. Meanwhile he exposes Wallingham for a fraud. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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He's the BIGGEST CHISELER since MICHAELANGELO! Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Were PIKERS compared ti this RED-HAIRED SON-OF-A-GUN!


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Release Date:

17 March 1934 (USA)  »

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Always a Gent  »

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Because he disliked the script for this movie so much, James Cagney had the sides of his head shaved for the film, without the knowledge of either director Michael Curtiz or producer Hal Wallis; Bette Davis did not appreciate it either, and refused to have publicity pictures taken with Cagney. See more »


Two of the newspapers' front pages in the montage at the beginning of the film have the same headline and story of Jesse Owens choosing Ohio State University out of 28 colleges that recruited him out of high school in Cleveland. See more »


Miss Joan Martin: [to Wallingham] Are we sitting pretty or are we sitting pretty?
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Down Where the Cotton Blossoms Grow
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
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Jimmy the Gent is a classic. (Why can't it be purchased?!?)
10 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen this unforgettable movie but once - on television - and have been trying to find a copy to buy ever since.

Such a splendid cast, with James Cagney as (cocky) 'Jimmy' Corrigan, Bette Davis as (classy) Miss Joan Martin, Allen Jenkins as (tough guy) Lou, Alan Dinehart as (smarmy) Charles Wallingham, and Alice White as (lovely) Miss Mabel

What delightful dialog. For instance, ordered to show a little class by Jimmy in his attempt to impress Miss Martin, a lady receptionist answered his phone by asking, "To whom do you wish to speak?" and then promptly blowing it with, "He ain't in."

James Cagney's menacing but humorous persona verily glowed in this movie. The mold was broken when Jimmy Cagney departed.

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