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A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  23 September 1953 (USA)
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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
Warner Anderson ...
Jules Bolduc
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Jeb Brown
Jeanne Cagney ...
Jennie Brown
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Spurge McManamee (as Lon Chaney)
Frank McHugh ...
Frank Rector
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Robert L. Castleberry IV
Onslow Stevens ...
Guy Polli
James Millican ...
Samuel T. Beach
Mickey Simpson ...
Tim Peck, Blacksmith
Sara Haden ...
Lula May McManamee
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Singing Woman
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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 ROARING STORY OF A GIVE-AND-TAKE GUY! He took plenty from the chiselers...the crooks...and the tin-horns...and gave 'em nothing in return!

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23 September 1953 (USA)  »

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A Fera  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last film of William Cagney Prouctions. See more »

Goofs

Cagney's Southern accent (which frankly isn't very good) disappears for the most part after the first half-hour, recurring only occasionally thereafter in scenes that were obviously shot out of sequence. See more »

Quotes

Hank Martin: Polli, anyone ever warn you - Flamingo ever warn you about makin' a house pet of a wildcat?
Guy Polli: I don't believe she ever mentioned it.
Hank Martin: Well, you might get bit.
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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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