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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:
Cagney is Danny Kenny, a truck driver who enters "the fight game" and Sheridan plays his girlfriend... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
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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)
Harris Berger ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... First Policeman (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... New York Policeman (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Championship Fight Spectator (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)
Edward Gargan ... Joe - Foreman (uncredited)
David Gorcey ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Cannonball Wales (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Dance Judge (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Mickey Miller (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)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Al's Pal (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Sign Painter (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Fight Ringsider / Party Guest (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Al - Dance Team Manager (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)
Pat McKee ... Danny's Trainer (uncredited)
Sidney Miller ... Band Conductor and Emcee (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)
John Sheehan ... Man Yelling at Ringside (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Dance Judge (uncredited)
Buster Slaven ... Sidney - Pupil (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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Runtime:
104 min | West Germany:95 min | USA:98 min (Turner Library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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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:
Revealing mistakes: When Googi and cohort drive to dock front to dispose of Dutch's body, the city skyline lights are clearly not on, then light up left to right on the horizon across the river.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'?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Powder My BackSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Bring Your Hankies!, 29 September 2006
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"City For Conquest" is the story of five New York street kids who grow up and pursue their respective dreams. The film opens with an "Old Timer" (Frank Craven in a role similar to one he played in "Our Town" the same year) commenting on the story. He pops up at different point in the story to add his commentary.

Danny Kenny (James Cagney) is content with his life as a truck driver. He has been carrying the torch for Peg Nash (Ann Sheridan) since they were kids. She has ambitions of becoming a professional dancer. Mutt (Frank McHugh) is Danny's pal with no ambitions of his own but to follow Danny wherever that may lead. Googi Zucco (Elia Kazan - yes THAT Elia Kazan) grows up to be a prominent gangster after Danny helps him out on his release from prison. Eddie Kenny (Arthur Kennedy in his film debut), Danny's brother is an aspiring classical composer.

One night at a dance contest Peg meets "65th St. sharpie" Murray Burns (Anthony Quinn). They win the contest and Burns offers Peg the chance to fulfill her dream to become a professional dancer. Peg signs a contract with Burns' manager (Charles Lane) and the team sets out on the road to success. Danny meanwhile is talked into becoming a professional boxer. After defeating contender Kid Callaghan (Bob Steele), Danny is signed up by promoter Scotty MacPherson (Donald Crisp). Danny hopes that his success will bring him closer to Peg and that he will be able to support his brother's ambitions as well.

Both Peg and Danny become successful. Peg is offered a chance to play the big clubs and earn $850 a week. Danny meets her again one night and is given the impression that Peg is ready to marry him. Unfortunately for Danny, Peg chooses her career over marriage and leaves him in the lurch.

Peg becomes even more successful and Danny, despondent over the loss of Peg pushes Scottie for a title fight. Then tragedy strikes.

The last third of the film is a melodramatic typical Hollywood tear jerker. Cagney's performance, especially in this segment is outstanding. Sheridan, one of the few actresses of the day that could hold her own with Cagney is also compelling. Quinn also stands out as the oily dancer.

Others in the cast include George Tobias as Pinky, one of Danny's handlers, Lee Patrick as Gladys who befriends Peg, Jerome Cowan and Georgr Lloyd as gangsters, Ward Bond as the cop in the opening sequence, Frank Faylen as a band leader and Laurel & Hardy's favorite drunk Arthur Houseman as, you guessed it, a drunk.

Oddly enough, Cagney who was "just an old hoofer" doesn't get to dance in this film. He has to pretend that he can't dance instead.

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