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Oliver H.P. Garrett (screen play) and
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Release Date:
4 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Two toughs from the Lower East Side - Gable's a Gangster, Powell's the Governor, and Loy loves them both! See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Blackie Gallagher

William Powell ... Jim Wade

Myrna Loy ... Eleanor
Leo Carrillo ... Father Joe

Nat Pendleton ... Spud
George Sidney ... Poppa Rosen

Isabel Jewell ... Annabelle
Muriel Evans ... Tootsie Malone
Thomas E. Jackson ... Richard Snow (as Thomas Jackson)
Isabelle Keith ... Miss Adams (as Claudelle Kaye)
Frank Conroy ... Defense Attorney
Noel Madison ... Manny Arnold
Jimmy Butler ... Jim as a Boy

Mickey Rooney ... Blackie as a Boy
Shirley Ross ... Singer in Cotton Club
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Apfel ... Speaker of Assembly (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Blackjack Dealer (uncredited)
William Augustin ... Detective (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Al Barnes - Croupier (uncredited)
Curtis Benton ... Announcer (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Detective in Court (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Killer in Prison (uncredited)
James Curtis ... Party Leader (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Otto - German Dancer on Steamship (uncredited)
Charles Dunbar ... Panhandler (uncredited)
James Eagles ... Boy in Prison (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Eleanor's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Donald Haines ... Spud as a Boy (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Craps Dealer (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Warden of Sing Sing (uncredited)

George Irving ... Jim's Campaign Manager (uncredited)
William Irving ... German Note Holder (uncredited)
Jimmy James ... Chemin de Fer Dealer (uncredited)
Cullen Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Small Boy on Street (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Policeman (uncredited)
Leonid Kinskey ... Trotskyite Slapping Poppa Rosen (uncredited)
Leo Lance ... Leon Trotsky (uncredited)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... Uncle Angus (uncredited)
Dixie Lotten ... Irish Woman Talking with Poppa Rosen (uncredited)
John Marston ... Mr. Coates - Gambler Losing Yacht (uncredited)
Ralph McCullough ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Black Prisoner on Death Row (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... One of Blackie's Hoods (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Policeman in Court (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Croupier (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Black Man in Speakeasy (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Trotsky Heckler (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Leslie Preston ... Jim's Dance Partner (uncredited)
Bert Russell ... Blind Beggar (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Piano Player in Casino (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Policeman (uncredited)
Pepi Sinoff ... Jewish Woman (uncredited)
Pete Smith ... Racetrack Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Bert Sprotte ... German Note Holder (uncredited)
William Stack ... Judge (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Inspector of Police (uncredited)
Stanley Taylor ... Police Intern (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Street Spectator (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Yacht Capt. Swenson (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
W.R. Walsh ... Croupier (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke 
George Cukor (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Oliver H.P. Garrett (screen play) and
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screen play)

Arthur Caesar (from an original story by)

Frank Dolan  uncredited
Donald Ogden Stewart  uncredited

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
 
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lesley Selander .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Joseph C. Wright .... associate art director (as Joseph Wright)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Slavko Vorkapich .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
William Axt .... synchronization (as Dr. William Axt)
W. Donn Hayes .... supervising editor: musical sequences (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Axt .... synchronization (as Dr. William Axt)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
G. Pat Collins .... voice (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
93 min | USA:90 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 (cut) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3213-R, 16 March 1937 for re-release)

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Trivia:
Lorenz Hart was asked to write more commercially appealing lyrics to "The Bad in Every Man" after this movie was released. The result was "Blue Moon," which was copyrighted under that title in December 1934.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Blackie picks up a magazine from the couch after Eleanor leaves him, it is a close up of a Ladies Home Journal from a leopard skin upholstered couch. In the wide shot, he is holding a Vogue and the couch is plainly upholstered, not leopard skin.See more »
Quotes:
Eleanor Packer:Now, now Blackie, Blackie don't do anything foolish!... Blackie?
Edward J. 'Blackie' Gallagher:[Chuckles] Did I ever do anything foolish?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dillinger (1945)See more »
Soundtrack:
What's the Matter With FatherSee more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Two toughs from the Lower East Side - Gable's a Gangster, Powell's the Governor, and Loy loves them both!, 13 August 1998
Author: Patrick McDermott from Washington, DC

"Melodrama" is right.

Inside the first eight minutes we've got a ship disaster, a communist riot, and a pre-teen Mickey Rooney loses two sets of parents!

This isn't one to watch for the tight plotting or realism. Watch this for the spectacular cast. Powell is dapper and urbane. Gable is dangerous and charming. Loy knock's em dead. Mickey Rooney is a riot as the young Gable.

By the way - This is the movie John Dillinger was walking out of when he was gunned down by the police.

Also of note : You'll immediately say "Oh - it's that guy," when Nat Pendelton shows up as Spud. He played either a cop or crook in half the gangster pictures ever made.

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