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The St. Louis Kid (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 November 1934 (USA)
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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Ann Reid
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Buck
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Farmer Benson
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Richardson
Spencer Charters ...
Messeldopp
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Mr. Brown
Dorothy Dare ...
Gracie Smith
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Judge Jeremiah Jones
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Mr. Harris - the Trucking Company Boss (as Charles Wilson)
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Joe Hunter (as William Davidson)
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Louie Munn
Gertrude Short ...
Babe Smith - the Girl Buck Picks Up
Eddie Shubert ...
Pete - a Truck Driver
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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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Drama | Romance

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10 November 1934 (USA)  »

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A Weekend Perfect  »

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$80,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The $4.00 tab for four orders of ham and eggs would be the equivalent of $72.00 in 2016. No wonder Buck objected. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: James Cagney (1961) See more »

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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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Milk Run film
14 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

By the time the St. Louis Kid was made Warner Brothers had gotten the James Cagney persona fixed in the mind of the movie going public. The cocky wiseacre working class hero in perpetual motion who always gets what he's after, be it money, power or a girl.

Here it's a girl, but he also gets himself mixed up in a labor dispute between dairy farmers and the trucking company that ships their product in between St. Louis and Chicago. In those early years of the New Deal labor disputes were a pretty hot topic in the newsreels.

Robert Barrat, a leader of the farmers, is killed by one of the goons hired by Cagney's trucking company and the cops think Cagney did it. Patricia Ellis, the girl Cagney's been courting, witnessed the murder so the goons have snatched her.

Will the ever resourceful James Cagney will find a way to set all this right? You have to see the film to see if and how.

Cagney has Allen Jenkins along acting as Pancho to his Cisco Kid. Jenkins is funny, but you know Cagney only keeps him around for his amusement value. The plot calls for the pair to spend some time in the jail of the local town constable played by Spencer Charters who is also a dim bulb.

Fast paced {is their any other kind of Cagney film} action makes the 67 minute running time go by real fast. St. Louis Kid is very typical of the stuff Warner Brothers would continue to give Cagney throughout his years with them.


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