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The St. Louis Kid (1934)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 November 1934 (USA)
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Trucker Eddie Kennedy gets involved with the law when he has an car accident with Ann Reid and knocks the owner of a dairy out. He evades a penalty when he claims, that he had done it as an... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Patricia Ellis ...
Ann Reid
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Buck
Robert Barrat ...
Farmer Benson
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Richardson
Spencer Charters ...
Messeldopp
Addison Richards ...
Mr. Brown
Dorothy Dare ...
Gracie Smith
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Judge Jeremiah Jones
Charles C. Wilson ...
Mr. Harris - the Trucking Company Boss (as Charles Wilson)
William B. Davidson ...
Joe Hunter (as William Davidson)
Harry Woods ...
Louie Munn
Gertrude Short ...
Babe Smith - the Girl Buck Picks Up
Eddie Shubert ...
Pete - a Truck Driver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nan Grey ...
First Girl (scenes deleted)
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Trucker Eddie Kennedy gets involved with the law when he has an car accident with Ann Reid and knocks the owner of a dairy out. He evades a penalty when he claims, that he had done it as an act of solidarism with the farmers. The farmers start an boycott action against this dairy, so the owner has to bring milk from elsewhere to his dairy, but the farmers closed the road, and Kennedy is arrested once more. He leaves jail at night to meet Ann, but meanwhile the owner has asked some mobsters to deliver the milk. One of the farmers is murdered, Ann Reid is missing and Eddie Kennedy is accused of murder. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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I'll String Along with You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played in the bar when Buck is trying to raise bail money
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Jimmy is just too unlikable and cocky--even when compared to other Cagney films of the era
25 November 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In practically every Jimmy Cagney film of the early through mid 1930s, he plays a fast-talking lovable jerk. However, in this film, he is so obnoxious and so pugnacious that the character actually crosses an invisible line for me--to being unlikable and even ridiculous. This is saying a lot because I generally love Cagney films and will put up with a lot from his loud-mouthed characters! In this case, he plays a guy that seems to be in court ALL THE TIME for assault. His character makes Mike Tyson's out of the ring behaviors seem restrained--he's that quick to fight. In fact, in the first half hour, he goes from one jail to another in the space of a day--he's that out of control. As a result, I kept thinking to myself that sooner or later, this character MUST be sent to prison for "hard time" instead of bouncing in and out of jail again and again. Plus, even if he never got sent away for a long stretch in prison, he should be in debt for the next 600 years due to his getting fined almost every day for fighting.

All this fighting just defies common sense--as does his behaviors when trying to woo the lady who hates his guts. He's in jail in a small town and he waits until the jailer falls asleep and lets himself out of jail so he can stalk and annoy her! And, naturally being a Hollywood film, he DOES charm the lady with his relentless and obnoxious ways! This pushiness is NOT vintage Cagney, but once again a super-obnoxious and ridiculous character--the guy once again crosses the line.

The rest of the film does get better once you get to the final third, but by then I was so irritated with this film (in particular Cagney's character), that I just wanted it all to end. This has to be among the worst Cagney films I have seen despite the improvement towards the end.


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