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Great Guy (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | December 1936 (USA)
The adventures of an investigator (Cagney) for the Bureau of Weights and Measures.



(story "The Johnnie Cave Stories"), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Janet Henry
James Burke ...
Pat Haley
Pete Reilly
Abel Canning
Edward McNamara ...
Capt. Hanlon
Robert Gleckler ...
Marty Cavanaugh
Edward Gargan ...
Matty Fain ...
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Ogilvie
Wallis Clark ...
Joel Green
Douglas Wood ...


It's the New York Department of Weights and Measures vs. a systematic effort to cheat the public by giving them less product than they pay for...organized by crooked city alderman Marty Cavanaugh, who put the last chief deputy inspector in the hospital. The new man, pugnacious Johnny Cave, steps on the toes of influential merchants and gets increasing pressure, both political and strong-arm, to desist. Will the luck (if not the pluck) of the Irish pull him through? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran tipo  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright (Grand National Pictures declared bankruptcy in 1939) resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Johnny 'Red' Cave: I'll see you in jail, bread-snatcher!
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Cagney Can't Save A Stupid Movie
24 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film has a stupid plot--merchant corruption policed by the Bureau of Weights & Measures, with related political corruption. If they wanted a movie about fighting corruption, there were plenty of other more interesting areas to explore.

The script writers didn't give Cagney much to work with. He plays his stereotypical Irishman, and does his usual knocking people around.

Did anyone else notice that Mae Clarke gets a little revenge against Cagney for his shoving a grapefruit in her face in Public Enemy? This time she plays a p-whipping shrew fiancée, with Cagney playing submissive and caving in to her.

This movie may not have been officially a "B" movie since it probably didn't play second to another feature at the time, but it sure falls into that category in terms of quality.

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