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Great Guy (1936)

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

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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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El gran tipo  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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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Fighting corruption
7 February 2006 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

James Cagney was an actor with plenty charisma, and this film is an evidence of it. He was always pleasant in any role, no matter if he was a gangster, a good man or a dancer, he performed all well and delivered enough smell for sympathy. The film had no a complicated plot, it was quite simple but still relevant for the society. Corruption of officials is very common, and what the film showed is what still exists. Certainly there are decent people who do not commit such mistakes, and Johnny 'Red' Cave (Cagney) was one of them, who was in charge of the bureau of weights and measures. He investigated several dark cases and succeeded to make them clear as well as finding out who were responsible for such misdeeds. However, knowing is not enough, it is necessary to make accusations with evidences to condemn those guilty, and that was what Johnny did. Probably today somebody like Johnny should use more sophisticated methods according to those used by those infringing the law. In any case, the film is good also to be watched for entertainment.


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