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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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)
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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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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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A Fera  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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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

Flamingo: I've been your wife ever since I knowed what the word meant.
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Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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Played when Hank and Verity are being carried to Jules' house
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a real lion
17 March 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie, but would prefer in black&white of course. colours movies are not real like b/w. I have seen this movie in 1954 at the time was 30 years old, and always remember the glorious years of Hollywood movies in b/w. even now that I have 87 old, I still prefer B/W movies in the old times. The cast maybe is not the appropriate and the dialogues are not reach enough, but all this is eclipsed with the always fantastic performance of one my favourite actors James Cagney. Raoul Walsh also one of my favourites directors do his best, considering the imposition of the producer always regarding more for the money that for art. nevertheless I have enjoy again very much this OK movie.


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