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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:
The power and the curse of dreams See more (33 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)
Lois James ... Chorus girl (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Al's Pal (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Bill Poster (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:
'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:
I'm Just Wild About HarrySee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The power and the curse of dreams, 12 November 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

James Cagney, Arthur Kennedy and Ann Sheridan all live in the "City for Conquest" - New York, that is - in this 1940 film directed by Anatole Litvak and also starring Frank McHugh, Donald Crisp, Anthony Quinn and - yes, Elia Kazan.

Cagney and Kennedy are the Kenny Brothers, Danny and Eddie. Danny is a truck driver in love with Peg, his childhood sweetheart. He has two dreams - Peg and his brother's composing career. When he's discovered by a fight manager (Crisp), Danny becomes a fighter for the money. The ambitious Peg has her eyes on fame and fortune and pairs up with a brutish but equally ambitious dancer, played with force by Anthony Quinn. Eddie, meanwhile, is discovered not for his magnificent composition "City for Conquest" but for his Broadway musical capabilities.

When he realizes he's losing Peg, Danny, who is being brought up gradually into the bigger fights, demands to go for a big purse that will give him the championship - and, he thinks, Peg. Thanks to a crooked mobster, the fight nearly destroys Danny and he has to give up fighting. Down but not out, he insists that Eddie still pursue his dream of a classical career.

This is a good movie that tugs at the heartstrings, very melodramatic, with excellent acting all around. Cagney is wonderful and sympathetic as a simple, loving man who takes what life gives him; Crisp gives a fine performance as his caring fight manager. Ann Sheridan, always an earthier, tougher version of Rita Hayworth, is marvelous as a young woman who, though she loves Danny, can't fight the lure of the glamor and fame offered by her dance partnership. Kazan, in a small role as a gangster, is great, though his contributions as a director are far more valuable than what he might have given film history as an actor.

The standout for me was one of the most brilliant and underrated actors of our time, Arthur Kennedy. Kennedy enjoyed a wonderful career in film and on stage in a variety of roles, but because he wasn't a true leading man and not a Warners "tough guy" like Cagney, Robinson, or Bogart who could graduate into lead roles, he toiled as a supporting actor, earning no less than 5 Oscar nominations. Here he is young and good-looking, and his performance is passionate without being maudlin. Surely there wasn't a dry eye in any movie house after the speech he gives about his brother the night his symphony (very much modeled on "Rhapsody in Blue") debuts. Truly a great treasure, and he was discovered by James Cagney, who knew talent when he saw it.

A heartfelt movie, and you'll need that box of tissues nearby. See it and celebrate the good old days of the rough streets of New York and movies about the common man and dreams coming true.

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