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A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 23 September 1953 (USA)
A charismatic peddler from the bayous finds his true calling in politics. Is he a demagogue in the making?

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Hank Martin
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Verity Wade
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Flamingo McManamee
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Jules Bolduc
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Jeb Brown
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Jennie Brown
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Spurge McManamee (as Lon Chaney)
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Frank Rector
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Robert L. Castleberry IV
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Guy Polli
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Samuel T. Beach
Mickey Simpson ...
Tim Peck, Blacksmith
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Lula May McManamee
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Singing Woman
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Storyline

Colorful bayou peddler Hank Martin marries pretty teacher Verity, who finds that the rural poor all love Hank. Gradually, she realizes that Hank's popularity is the fruit of his expert manipulation of everyone he knows. She's further taken aback when she meets sexy swamp girl Flamingo, who considered Hank hers and is murderously jealous. Now Hank starts crusading against a crooked cotton buyer, and swiftly rises toward political power. Is there no stopping him? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The chiselers, the cheap tin-horns, the two-time ladies and two-bit crooks See more »

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23 September 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eleventh and final time that James Cagney co-starred with his close friend Frank McHugh. The first time being The Crowd Roars in 1932. See more »

Goofs

When Hank walks back into Polli's living room after standing out in the rain, he momentarily loses his footing on the tile floor, but manages to recover. It happens a second time as he is leaving. This may not qualify as a true goof, as the slips are genuine and thus could be considered "real," but it's unusual that they did not dry him off and go for another take. See more »

Quotes

Hank Martin: Brighten up, sweet-face, brighten up, 'cause you married a winner, not a loser!
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Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
Written by James Allen Bland
Played when Hank is dancing with the children
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American political corruption -- well acted & well-told

The knock on this movie is that it isn't All The King's Men -- no this is a different movie, and Barbara Hale's character is much feistier than Anne Seymour's. But, Cagney has the measure of his character and plays the role for everything it is worth. The supporting cast does a good job in an overlooked and insightful slice of our American heritage.


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