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Jimmy the Gent (1934)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  17 March 1934 (USA)
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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:
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Jimmy
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Joan
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Louie
Alan Dinehart ...
Wallingham
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Mabel
Arthur Hohl ...
Joe
Phillip Reed ...
Ronny Gatson
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Fake Worthingham
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Gladys Farrell
Renee Whitney ...
Bessie
Ralf Harolde ...
Hendrickson (as Ralfe Harolde)
Merna Kennedy ...
Jitters
Philip Faversham ...
Intern Blair
Nora Lane ...
Sarah Posy Barton
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Mary Treen ...
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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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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Quotes

'Jimmy' Corrigan: Baby, what would you do for five hundred bucks?
Mabel: I'd do my best.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: James Cagney (1961) See more »

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You're the Only One That Can Make Me Cry
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Music by Sammy Fain
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"You're the greatest chiseler since Michaelangelo."
22 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Con man Jimmy Corrigan (James Cagney) runs an agency that finds heirs of those who died without a will and he's not above providing phony heirs in order to collect his fee. His girlfriend (Bette Davis) didn't approve of his underhanded techniques so she left him to go work for his supposedly honest and respectable competitor. In order to win her back, Jimmy tries to prove he can go straight and become a respectable gentleman.

Cagney and Davis are both enjoyable in this snappy comedy, each getting plenty of good lines. Cagney, with his bow-tie, crew cut, and nasal accent, is different than most other pictures I've seen him in from this period. Another fine example of what an underrated actor he was, even doing these WB programmers. They're backed up by a fine supporting cast including Allen Jenkins, Arthur Hohl, and Alan Dinehart. A fun one for fans of Jimmy and Bette.


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