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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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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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Sam Beach - he was all brass - right down to his brass knuckles! See more »

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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 »

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Flamingo: I've been your wife ever since I knowed what the word meant.
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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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An interesting idea but over the top
6 January 2010 | by (Huntingdon, England) – See all my reviews

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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