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City for Conquest (1940)

 -  Crime | Drama | Music  -  21 September 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Frank Craven ...
Old Timer
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Scotty MacPherson
Frank McHugh ...
'Mutt'
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Eddie Kenny
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'Pinky'
Jerome Cowan ...
'Dutch'
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'Googi'
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Murray Burns
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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Crime | Drama | Music

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21 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ciudad de conquista  »

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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

Obvious matte paintings of motionless spectators are used to simulate the back rows and upper tier of the boxing arena. See more »

Quotes

'Googi': [His dying words after being shot by a hoodlum he thought was unarmed] Ah gee, never figured on that at all.
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Soundtracks

Corn Pickin'
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the Lower East Side dance
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One of Cagney's best.
14 April 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

With a first-rate cast, good boxing sequences, an excellent music score by Max Steiner, a smattering of romance and action sequences, this film has got to be one of James Cagney's best films. Besides, you get a chance to see Arthur Kennedy and Elia Kazan in their first film, and both are excellent. If Kazan weren't such a great director, he easily could have made a career as an actor. Be sure to notice the surprising scene where Anthony Quinn seems to force himself on Ann Sheridan, who pleads for him to stop as the scene fades. Surprising, because even an implied rape was against the strict code in 1940. I wonder how that scene got past the Hays Office.


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