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City for Conquest -- Academy Award winner James Cagney stars as a boxer on the rise, but one who falls before taking a City for Conquest.

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Writers:
John Wexley (screen play)
Aben Kandel (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
21 September 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A story with all the fire and fury of its two great stars!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Beautiful WB production of the 40´s See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Danny Kenny

Ann Sheridan ... Peggy Nash
Frank Craven ... Old Timer

Donald Crisp ... Scotty MacPherson

Frank McHugh ... 'Mutt'

Arthur Kennedy ... Eddie Kenny

George Tobias ... 'Pinky'
Jerome Cowan ... 'Dutch'

Elia Kazan ... 'Googi'

Anthony Quinn ... Murray Burns
Lee Patrick ... Gladys
Blanche Yurka ... Mrs. Nash
George Lloyd ... 'Goldie'

Joyce Compton ... Lilly
Thurston Hall ... Max Leonard

Ben Welden ... Cobb

John Arledge ... Salesman
Edward Keane ... Gaul (as Ed Keane)

Selmer Jackson ... Doctor
Joseph Crehan ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Murray Alper ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Harris Berger ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... First Policeman (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... New York Policeman (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Hugh Chapman ... Boy (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Dudley Dickerson ... Doorman (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Mr. Cahn - Man Buying Newspaper (uncredited)
James Dime ... Gym Rat (uncredited)
Warren Douglas ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Band Conductor and Emcee (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Dance Floor Guard (uncredited)
George Ford ... Dance Contestant (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Joe - Foreman (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... Concert Spectator (uncredited)
Malvern Gilmartin ... Boy (uncredited)
David Gorcey ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Cannonball Wales (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Dance Judge (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Mickey Miller (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Margaret Hayes ... Sally - Irene's Friend (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Sam Hayes - Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Gym Trainer (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Radio Listener (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Organ Grinder's Shill (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Referee in Wales Fight (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ... Boy (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Pep - Sportswriter (uncredited)
Lois James ... Chorus girl (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Al's Pal (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Bill Poster (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Dance Contestant (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Fight Ringsider / Party Guest (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Al - Dance Team Manager (uncredited)
Paula Lane ... Girl (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Irene - Dressing Room Blonde (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Champion Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Tonbstone Painter (uncredited)
William Marshall ... Man in Peggy's Dressing Room (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Concert Spectator (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Danny's Trainer (uncredited)
Sidney Miller ... Band Conductor and Emcee (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Man Next to MacPherson at Fight (uncredited)
William Newell ... Max's Lyricist (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Reporter (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Dance Contest Observer (uncredited)

Sally Payne ... Singer (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Wales' Handler (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Sailor - Sparring Partner (uncredited)
Bernice Pilot ... Della - Peggy's Maid (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Waiter (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jackie Salling ... Boy (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Concert Spectator (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Man Yelling at Ringside (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Dance Judge (uncredited)
Buster Slaven ... Sidney - Pupil (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Organ Grinder (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Kid Callahan (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Dance Floor Guard #2 (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Radio Listener (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Happy - Googi's Henchman (uncredited)

Dick Wessel ... Cab Driver by Fire (uncredited)
Leo White ... Dance Contest Observer (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Bill - Man Behind MacPherson at Fight (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Man on Fire Escape (uncredited)

Robert Winkler ... Mush (uncredited)

Directed by
Anatole Litvak 
Jean Negulesco (fill-in director) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Wexley (screen play)

Aben Kandel (from the novel by)

Produced by
William Cagney .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Anatole Litvak .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
Sol Polito (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Holmes (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
Frank Mattison .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound (as E.A. Brown)
 
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Rex Wimpy .... special effects
 
Stunts
Quentin Breese .... stunt double (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
Ray Heindorf .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
M.K. Jerome .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Irving Rapper .... dialogue director
Robert Vreeland .... dance director
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (present) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (An Anatole Litvak Production)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
104 min | West Germany:95 min | USA:98 min (Turner Library print)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #6443) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Quentin "Baby" Breese a professional boxer and ranked as one of the first ten light weights in the world and losing only 15 of 100 fights in his career was the boxing stand in for James Cagney.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
'Googi':[His dying words after being shot by a hoodlum he thought was unarmed] Ah gee, never figured on that at all.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Saint Takes Over (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Old Kentucky Home, Good NightSee more »

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful WB production of the 40´s, 30 December 2002
Author: Mario Naito from Havana, Cuba

Beautiful WB production of the 40´s really surprised me because of its dynamic pace, excellent cinematography and wonderful performances. What could had been only a tearful melodrama is instead a very good film with a powerful script and many alluring characters. Except Cagney, who never was a great actor for me, although he gave notable performances in Yankee Doodle Dandy and White heat, and tries hard in this picture, Sheridan is much better than usual and the rest of the cast of WB supporting players is really excellent. Kennedy was always a great presence, although he never was a star, but he could easily classify among the best American character actors of all time. A very young Anthony Quinn does a good job as a dancer-seducer, and Elia Kazan in a magnificent early role as an actor gives me the impression of having serve as a model for the young Robert De Niro of Mean Streets. Also the terrific fighting scenes, though keeping the time distance, seem a true inspiration of what Scorsese reach in Raging Bull.An underrated film which deserves further recognition.

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