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'G' Men (1935)

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Complete credited cast:
Hugh Farrell
William Harrigan ...
'Mac' McKay
Russell Hopton ...
Edward Pawley ...
Danny Leggett
Noel Madison ...
Monte Blue ...
Fingerprint Expert
Eddie Buchanan
Addison Richards ...
Bruce J. Gregory
Harold Huber ...
Raymond Hatton ...
Gangsters' Messenger with Warning


It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers - they don't carry weapons and have to get local police approval for arrests - that doesn't stop fresh Law School grad Eddie Buchanan from joining up, and he encourages his former roommate James "Brick" Davis (James Cagney) to do so as well. But Davis wants to be an honest lawyer, not a shyster, despite his ties to mobster boss McKay, and he's intent on doing so, until Buchanan is gunned down trying to arrest career criminal Danny Leggett. Davis soon joins the "G-Men" as they hunt down Leggett (soon-to-be Public Enemy Number One) and his cronies Collins and Durfee, who are engaged in a crime and murder spree from New York to the midwest. Written by Gary Dickerson <>

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Hollywood's Most Famous Bad Man Joins the "G-MEN" and Halts the March of Crime!


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4 May 1935 (USA)  »

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G'Men  »

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$450,000 (estimated)

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Two of the prominent action scenes in the film were based on real events. The rail station shootout in which gangsters free Danny Leggett,was based upon the famous "Kansas City Massacre" in which gunmen attacked FBI agents and local police as they were transporting federal prisoner Frank "Jelly" Nash on June 17th, 1933. In that incident one FBI agent--who was unarmed, as were all agents at that time--three policemen and Nash himself were killed. As shown in the film, this was the incident that increased the power of the FBI and turned into the agency it is currently. The other incident was the shootout at the lodge. That was based on a battle between FBI agents and a gang that included John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson on April 22, 1934. See more »


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Collins: Give me noise! Give me lots of noise!
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Cagney 's 'Untouchables'
29 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's an old-time (about 75 years old!) gangster movie that is fast-moving as all James Cagney crime films tend to be. In here, Cagney is the good guy, a "government man" out to get crooks, one of whom turns out to be his old pal. All the characters in here are pretty interesting, particularly Cagney's boss played by Robert Armstrong.

Watching this film, one discovers an interesting fact: government agents weren't allowed to use guns in the early days. That didn't change until things got totally out of control with too many defenseless lawmen getting killed.

Margaret Lindsay also stars in this movie, and that's a good thing. The more I see of her, the more I like her. It would have been interesting to see what roles she'd play if she was a young actress in today's films.

Finally, the action scenes in this film reminded me of the old television series, "The Untouchables" with the machine guns blazing out of those big, boxy 1930 automobiles.

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