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Never Steal Anything Small (1959)

Jake MacIllaney will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot and Cabot's attractive wife,... See full summary »

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Jake MacIllaney
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Linda Cabot
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Dan Cabot
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Winnipeg Simmons
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Pinelli
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Words Cannon
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Lt. Tevis
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O. K. Merritt
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Ginger
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Sleep-Out Charlie Barnes
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Lennie
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Hymie
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Ed Barton
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Ward (as John Duke)
Jack Orrison ...
Osborne
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Jake MacIllaney will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot and Cabot's attractive wife, Linda, MacIllaney breaks up their marriage, pursues Linda, and pins a grand larceny rap on Dan. And all set to music! Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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12 April 1959 (UK)  »

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Gangster amore e... una Ferrari  »

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2.35 : 1
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On a trip to Hawaii, James Cagney meet Roger Smith stationed there in the Naval Reserve, impressed with his clean-cut good looks and appeal, he encouraged Smith to pursue an acting career. Following the advice and after success in several films, Smith reconnected with Cagney who hired him to play his son, "Lon Jr." in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). Cagney later cast him as his co-star in the musical comedy-drama Never Steal Anything Small (1959). See more »

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It Takes Love to Make a Home
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
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A jaunty time with Jimmy
24 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Charming Damon Runyon flavored semi-musical crime comedy driven by Cagney's magnetism.

Only Jimmy could make the strong arm racketeer he's playing so appealing and he sails through this minor film with the assurance of the star he was. Shirley Jones is lovely and sings beautifully but it's the brassy Cara Williams who really stands out.

The songs may not be too memorable but they fit the spirit of the story well and the zippy "I Want a Ferrari" duet between Cagney and Cara Williams is a classic car lover's dream.

Special mention should also go to the production designer who uses an almost exclusively muted palate of colors to create a rich harmonious look that gives the film a very stylish appearance without ever drawing the audience's eye away from the action.

Full of wonderful character actors and a jaunty attitude this is an under-known gem from the latter part of Cagney's career and he owns the film.


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