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Great Guy (1936)

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The adventures of an investigator (Cagney) for the Bureau of Weights and Measures.

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Complete credited cast:
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Johnny 'Red' Cave
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Janet Henry
James Burke ...
Patrick James Aloysius 'Pat' Haley
Edward Brophy ...
Pete Reilly
Henry Kolker ...
Abel Canning
Bernadene Hayes ...
Hazel Scott
Edward McNamara ...
Capt. Pat Hanlon
Robert Gleckler ...
Marty Cavanaugh
Joe Sawyer ...
Joe Burton
Edward Gargan ...
Henchman Al
Matty Fain ...
Henchman Tim
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Ogilvie
Wallis Clark ...
Joel Green
Douglas Wood ...
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Storyline

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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This was James Cagney's first film in more than 11 months because of litigation following the termination of his contract at Warner Bros. See more »

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Johnny 'Red' Cave: I'll see you in jail, bread-snatcher!
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Perhaps the only Weights and Measures tough-guy movie
6 August 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Two-fisted, crusading Deputy Chief of the Department of Weights and Measures Johnny Cave is out to smash short-weighting delicatessens, markets, and grocery delivery services and to expose the crooked businessmen who are behind the short-weighting racket and who pay off the aldermen and mayor who are on the take. The plot sounds like a parody of all the tough-guy G-Men and T-Men movies of the thirties, but it is played straight and it works.

The pleasures of the movie, aside from Cagney as Cagney, are that this is the third and final movie to pair Cagney with Mae Clarke and that several great character actors in the supporting cast, particularly Edward Brophy, James Burke, and Henry Kolker, are given plenty of opportunities to show off their characteristic acts.


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