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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Jimmy Corrigan
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Joan Martin
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Lou
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Charles Wallingham
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Mabel
Arthur Hohl ...
Joe
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Ronny Gatson
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Fake Worthingham
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Bessie
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Hendrickson (as Ralfe Harolde)
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Jitters
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Intern Blair
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Sarah Posy Barton
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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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17 March 1934 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

'Jimmy' Corrigan: Hello, Baby. I was just gonna give yuh a ring.
[He notices she is just glaring at him]
'Jimmy' Corrigan: What's the matter?
Miss Joan Martin: [Contemptuously] You go down deeper, stay under longer, and come up dirtier than any man I've ever known!
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Featured in All About Bette (1994) See more »

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Cuban Cabaret
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Bert Kaplan and Reggie Childs
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Cagney is truly brilliant, may be for the 1st time.
1 July 2003 | by (Kings Park NY) – See all my reviews

I loved this amazing movie. I can't believe the amount of plot and dialogue weaved into 67 minutes by Cagney and Curtiz.

Cagney just does not shut up, thankfully. He is brilliant. The idea that he was a shady geneologist who goes semi-straight and that Bette Davis was his foil was interesting. Lots of lauggh out loud scenes in this movie.


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