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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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John Wexley (screen play)
Aben Kandel (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
21 September 1940 (USA) See more »
A story with all the fire and fury of its two great stars!
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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  (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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

A modern source lists Howard C. Hickman, Edward Pawley and Lucia Carroll as cast members, but they were not seen in the movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Obvious matte paintings of motionless spectators are used to simulate the back rows and upper tier of the boxing arena.See more »
'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 »
My Old Kentucky Home, Good NightSee more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
typical Warner Brothers gem, 1 December 2004
Author: vironpride from Morgantown, West Virginia

I had the very great pleasure this Thanksgiving week of seeing one of my sentimental favorites from the good old Late Show days (nights), City for Conquest. I had not seen it in more years than I should like to remember, but, as I watched, it all came back to me. James Cagney, who has always been a great favorite of mine, plays Danny Kenney (they always seemed to give James Cagney's characters names like "Danny" or "Tommy"), who takes up boxing to finance his younger brother's music career. Sizzling Ann Sheridan is Danny's girlfriend, who has ambitions of her own in the wider world. And indeed Ann Sheridan was a wonderful dancer, and her numbers with Anthony Quinn are erotic in only the way a great dance team can be. Anthony Quinn (man, he was HOT! He looked a lot like Rudolph Valentino) plays a slime ball who fills Peggy's ears with what she wants to hear. They can be a sensational dance team as "Maurice and Margalo" and conquer the world. Of course, she winds up breaking Danny's heart and Danny winds up blind. Soap opera stuff, to be sure, but it WORKS! I believe I once read that Warner Brothers hired a professional boxer to coach James Cagney in this role. Not that he needed much coaching, considering his Hell's Kitchen background. The coach was impressed with Cagney and asked him where he got those moves. "I'm a hoofer," Cagney replied. In any case, if you can avoid bawling your eyes out at the end of City for Conquest," you are stronger than I am! A must-see!

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