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'G' Men -- James Cagney helped jump-start the gangster genre as The Public Enemy. Outcries against movies that glorified underworld criminals put Cagney on the side of the law in "G" Men.
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Director:
Writers:
Seton I. Miller (story)
Seton I. Miller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 May 1935 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Hollywood's Most Famous Bad Man Joins the "G-MEN" and Halts the March of Crime!
Plot:
It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Cagney as the good guy? Believe me, it works. See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... 'Brick' Davis

Margaret Lindsay ... Kay McCord

Ann Dvorak ... Jean Morgan
Robert Armstrong ... Jeff McCord

Barton MacLane ... Collins

Lloyd Nolan ... Hugh Farrell
William Harrigan ... 'Mac' McKay
Russell Hopton ... Gerard
Edward Pawley ... Danny Leggett
Noel Madison ... Durfee
Monte Blue ... Fingerprint Expert

Regis Toomey ... Eddie Buchanan
Addison Richards ... Bruce J. Gregory
Harold Huber ... Venke
Raymond Hatton ... Gangsters' Messenger with Warning
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Astaire ... Gerard's Moll (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Man (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Cop (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Gunman at Train Station (uncredited)
David Brian ... The Chief - 1949 Reissue Scenes (uncredited)
Frank Bull ... Last Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... G-Man with Farrell (uncredited)
George Daly ... Machine Gunner (uncredited)
Joe De Stefani ... J.E. Glattner - the Florist (uncredited)
Don Downen ... Joe - the Second Fingerprint Clerk (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... Durfee's Moll (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Bootlegger Who Gives Eddie the Bottle Outside the Club. (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Cop with Farrell (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Agent with Jean (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... G-Man Guarding Leggett (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... Congressman (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Police Driver (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Hood (uncredited)
John Impolito ... Tony - a Florist (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Doctor at Store (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Douglas Kennedy ... Agent - 1949 Reissue Scenes (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Gangster with Durfee (uncredited)

Marc Lawrence ... Gangster Killed at Lodge (uncredited)
James T. Mack ... Agent with Jean (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... First Gangster Shot at Lodge (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Joseph Kratz (uncredited)
Martha Merrill ... Nurse (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Sergeant with Farrell (uncredited)
Gene Morgan ... Lounger Outside Lunch Room (uncredited)
Adrian Morris ... Accomplice (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Moll (uncredited)
Wheeler Oakman ... Gangster at Lodge Wanting to Quit (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... McCord's Aide (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Al (uncredited)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... Congressman (uncredited)
Frank Shannon ... Police Chief at Lodge (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... First Trainee at Target Practice (uncredited)
Gertrude Short ... Collins' Moll (uncredited)
Mary Treen ... Gregory's Secretary (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Deputy Sheriff on Train (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Bill - the Ballistics Expert (uncredited)
Huey White ... Gangster Playing Cards (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Seton I. Miller (story)

Seton I. Miller (screenplay)

Darryl F. Zanuck  novel "Public Enemy No. 1" (uncredited)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Lueker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William L. Kuehl .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
J. Edgar Hoover .... consultant: casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Orry-Kelly .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
 
Other crew
Bobby Connolly .... dance director (uncredited)
Frank Gompert .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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85 min
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Trivia:
J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, personally approved the script for this movie. He even assigned FBI agents to monitor its production and ensure that it was accurate in every detail. When it grossed over $1,000,000 (an astronomical sum for a film in 1935), he was extremely pleased. There were two famous federal law enforcement agencies in the early part of the 20th century. They were the "G-Men" of the FBI, who worked for the Justice Department, and the "T-Men" who worked for the Treasury Department. Hoover was intensely interested in his "G-Men" winning the publicity and popularity rivalry. This movie certainly helped!See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the shooting in the garage, a bullet hole in the wall behind Brick disappears.See more »
Quotes:
Bruce J. Gregory:[addressing a congressional committee] The state police cannot combat these criminals, neither can the city police. The law prohibits them from pursuing criminals across state lines. Now, with the automobile and the airplane, these gangs can get from state to state in a few hours. When Hugh Farrell died in that slaughter...
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Cagney as the good guy? Believe me, it works., 20 January 2010
Author: Diego_rjc from São Paulo, Brazil

Recently, I've watched a lot of James Cagney's gangster movies. Usually, he plays the gangster. He is always the mafia leader. But in this one Cagney is a FBI agent. That's right. This time, James Cagney is fighting against the gangsters. At first, it sounded weird, but it works quite well.

The movie tells the story of Brick Davis, a lawyer related to the mafia that decides to join the FBI force, known as 'G-Men' after his friend, also a 'G-Men', is killed.

As usual, James Cagney gives a fine performance as Brick Davis, regardless his better works, like in 'White Heat' and 'Public Enemy'. The other members of the cast do a normal job, just like William Keighley's direction. A supporting member of the cast that did a great job was Barton MacLane, as the villain.

The movie sounds more like a propaganda to the FBI force, but this isn't a bad thing. For 1935's, the movie has great action scenes, with car chases, shooting, kidnapping, robbery, etc, and they are all very well filmed for its period. Even though I prefer the action sequences in 'Scarface', they are great here also.

In resume, another great gangster movie from the 1930's.

8 out of 10.

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