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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

James Cagney would later play Lon Chaney Jr's father Lon Chaney in Man Of A Thousand Faces (1957). See more »

Goofs

Fifteen minutes in, when James Cagney and Barbara Hale are walking towards Mr. Castleberry's mansion, a very visible boom mic shadow can be seen moving in front of them, going from the top to the middle of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Hank Martin: [Angrily] Castleberry, there's a disease called Pellegra. You ever hear how it's ommunicated?
Verity Wade: Hank, we were talkin' about the house...
Hank Martin: It's communicated by not gettin' enough to eat, and it's very common in counties where your cotton gins are.
[to Jules]
Hank Martin: 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.
Jules Bolduc: Well, I don't...
Robert L. Castleberry IV: I think I do. Would you mind explainin' your remark, sir?
Hank Martin: Not at all. I'm callin' you a thief... a ...
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Turkey in the Straw
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Played when Hank and Verity are being carried to Jules' house
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Cagney is an acquired taste.
17 October 2011 | by (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This isn't the worst Cagney movie, but it is a good example of the problem with his acting. He was an amazing screen presence, demanding to be watched, a wonderfully versatile performer and an incredibly successful professional, but (and I know it's almost sacrilege to say this in the company of nostalgia-hungry Americans) he brought far too much of his dancing to his straight acting. The result is so often irritating, jerky physicality producing an uncomfortable caricature rather than a believable character. Hank Martin is one of many Cagney performances that needs the melodrama turning down a notch or two. This isn't the worst culprit; for that see "What Price Glory", "Blood on the Sun" or "The Fighting 69th".


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