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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 »
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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 »
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The Unconquerable Kenny Brothers See more (32 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)
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)
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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:
'Frank Craven''s role as the tramp who guides us through the story is a parody of his performance as the Stage Manager in "Our Town", which he had just filmed prior to this picture. He also created the role on Broadway.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:
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Unconquerable Kenny Brothers, 2 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

As working class stiff Danny Kenny who drives a truck for a living, James Cagney created one of his most unforgettable screen heroes and one of my favorite Cagney films in City for Conquest.

No studio could do a working class film like Warner Brothers and this is one of the best. It does get melodramatic and has large doses of sentimentality with it, but never to extreme.

For a guy who eventually makes his living as a prizefighter, Danny Kenny is one of the gentlest heroes James Cagney brought to the screen. His greatest pleasures are found in the girl friend he has from the neighborhood, Ann Sheridan, and in listening to the music creations of his brother Ed, played by Arthur Kennedy in his film debut. Kennedy has ambitions to be a serious composer and Sheridan has ambitions herself to get out of the Lower East Side of New York via show business as a dancer. To realize those ambitions she hooks up with a no good dancer/gigolo in Anthony Quinn.

So Cagney who if he had his way would have been content to spend his life driving a truck, to help Kennedy with his dream and to win Ann Sheridan back, takes up boxing. It all results in some terrible sacrifices he makes for both of them.

Director Anatole Litvak gave Cagney and Sheridan a fine supporting cast to help carry the story along. Donald Crisp is Cagney's manager, Frank McHugh in his ever familiar role as best friend, and future director Elia Kazan as another pal from the neighborhood who becomes a gangster,

Kazan exacts some vengeance on Cagney's behalf, but then pays for it himself in a never to be forgotten death scene.

My suggestion is that when you watch City for Conquest do it alone, because if you do it alone you might more easily give way to tears at Arthur Kennedy's dedication to his symphony to his brother.

Unless you cry better in a group. Kennedy's performance and this scene in particular insured that man of the long and great career he had.

But the film is really for James Cagney fans in every generation.

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