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
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The film was based on a 1945 novel which was a fictionalized account of assassinated Louisiana politician Huey Long by Adria Locke Langley. A film based on a similar roman a clef by Robert Penn Warren, "All the King's Men," won an Oscar as Best Picture in 1949. That b/w film shot on location with non-professional extras had a gritty realism that the studio-bound "A Lion Is in the Streets" did not have, and the later film suffered by comparison. See more »
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 »
Castleberry, there's a disease called Pellegra. You ever hear how it's ommunicated?
Hank, we were talkin' about the house...
It's communicated by not gettin' enough to eat, and it's very common in counties where your cotton gins are.
Jules, I'm very sorry. I don't mean any offense to you, but my wife and I can't eat where a man what's been committin' pellegra.
Well, I don't...
Robert L. Castleberry IV:
I think I do. Would you mind explainin' your remark, sir?
Not at all. I'm callin' you a thief... a ...
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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Sung with substitute lyrics by the courtroom spectators and later by the mob See more »
The idea of this movie is an interesting one and the political shenanigans are convincing but unfortunately the performance by James Cagney is distinctly over the top. A certain amount of playing to the gallery is appropriate to campaigning but the constant declaiming by Cagney is very wearing; to say nothing of the singing and hammy marching!
It's a shame because some of the supporting performances are excellent, particularly Barbara Hale and Jeanne Cagney.
I would have given this a lower score were it not for the worthwhile content; it's a pity that was let down by the realisation.
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