Cody Jarrett is the sadistic leader of a ruthless gang of thieves. Afflicted by terrible headaches and fiercely devoted to his 'Ma,' Cody is a volatile, violent, and eccentric leader. Cody's top henchman wants to lead the gang and attempts to have an 'accident' happen to Cody, while he is running the gang from in jail. But Cody is saved by an undercover cop, who thereby befriends him and infiltrates the gang. Finally, the stage is set for Cody's ultimate betrayal and downfall, during a big heist at a chemical plant. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
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Did You Know?
took credit for having the idea for the scene in which Cody sits in his mother's lap. He said he told Raoul Walsh
, "Let's see if we can get away with this," and Walsh agreed. But in his 1974 autobiography "Each Man in His Time" (which film writer Leonard Maltin
has called "highly entertaining fiction with an occasional nod at the truth"), Walsh took credit for the idea and said the scene worked because Cagney and Margaret Wycherly
made it so convincing. See more
In two different scenes, police cars pass in front of the same supermarket, though one scene is supposed to be in Los Angeles and the other in Illinois. See more
[the sound of shooting is heard
Sounds bad, Cody.
Why don't you give 'em my address too...
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