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City for Conquest (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Sport | 21 September 1940 (USA)
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

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(screen play), (from the novel by)
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Frank Craven ...
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Scotty MacPherson
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'Mutt'
Arthur Kennedy ...
Eddie Kenny
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'Pinky'
Jerome Cowan ...
'Dutch'
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Lee Patrick ...
Gladys
Blanche Yurka ...
Mrs. Nash
George Lloyd ...
'Goldie'
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Lilly
Thurston Hall ...
Max Leonard
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Storyline

Cagney is Danny Kenny, a truck driver who enters "the fight game" and Sheridan plays his girlfriend, Peggy. Danny realizes success in the ring and uses his income to pay for his brother Eddie's music composition career, while Peggy goes on to become a professional dancer. When Peggy turns down Danny's marriage proposal for her dancing career, Danny, who wanted to quit the fight game, continues on & is blinded by rosin dust purposely placed on the boxing gloves of his opponent during a fight. His former manager finances a newsstand for the now semi-blind Danny. The movie ends with brother Eddie becoming a successful composer and dedicates a symphony at Carnegie Hall to his brother who listens to the concert on the radio from his newsstand. Peggy, now down on her luck, but in the audience at Carnegie, rushes to Danny at his newsstand where they reunite. The movie is based on a novel of the same name. Written by Bacardi

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A story with all the fire and fury of its two great stars!

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Drama | Music | Sport

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| (Turner Library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Negulesco took over direction of the film for a short period when Anatole Litvak suffered an eye injury. See more »

Goofs

Angry at Murray (Anthony Quinn) for mocking the performance of Danny (Jimmy Cagney) in the title fight, Peggy (Ann Sheridan) asks the maid Della (Bernice Pilot) to lock the door to the dressing room to keep Murray out. The maid does this. However, a minute or two later, when the maid leaves the room, the door is clearly ajar even though the maid has not yet touched the handle to unlock and open it. See more »

Quotes

Danny Kenny: [Started, after getting bussd on the cheek from Eddie] Say, what am I... a French general getting a message or somethin'?
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References The Saint Takes Over (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Words Are in My Heart
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
First number played during the waltz contest montage
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Brilliant Cagney Turn
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

City for Conquest (1940)

*** (out of 4)

James Cagney's brilliant performance is the highlight of this film about a boxer (Cagney) who risks it all for the love of his girl (Ann Sheridan) and his brother (Arthur Kennedy). It's rather amazing at how great Cagney can be in so many different type of roles. Yes, he mainly played wise guys but whenever he broke this mode he just shows what a great actor he was and that's certainly true with his performance here, which has to rank as one of the greatest of his career. The transformations his character goes through is certainly a juicy role for an actor and Cagney nails all of the different moods without any problems. When the boxer starts to lose his site is when Cagney really shines and his performance here is brilliantly done. I'm not sure what they did to Cagney's eyes but whatever they did looked terrific. I didn't care too much for Sheridan as I thought she brought the film down and a better actress would have suited the film better. The supporting cast is excellent and features nice performances by Kennedy, Frank Craven, Donald Crisp, Frank McHugh and George Tobias. Anthony Quinn is terrific in his role as Cagney's rival and future director Elia Kazan also shocked me with how great he was. The big boxing scene was brilliantly filmed and looked extremely well bringing in all sorts of intense action. The ending is pretty hokey but otherwise this is a highly impressive little film.


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