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British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.
In 1921 Dublin, the IRA battles the "Black & Tans," special British forces given to harsh measures. Irish-American medical student Kerry O'Shea hopes to stay aloof, but saving a wounded friend gets him outlawed, and inexorably drawn into the rebel organization...under his former professor Sean Lenihan, who has "shaken hands with the devil" and begun to think of fighting as an end in itself. Complications arise when Kerry falls for a beautiful English hostage, and the British offer a peace treaty that is not enough to satisfy Lenihan. Written by
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The ambush and shootout scene at the Dublin dockside now looks entirely different. A memorial to the victims of Ireland 19th century famine now stands on this site. See more »
In response to Kerry's (Don Murray) horror upon hearing that his friend Paddy Nolan's body is to be dumped unceremoniously in a park (probably St. Steven's Green), The Commandant (James Cagney) bemoans the fact that the IRA cannot risk the public ceremony of burying the boy with full honors in Glasnevin like Parnell. Charles Parnell, the 19th century Irish Patriot who called for home rule is not buried in Glasnevin, a Catholic cemetery, as he was a protestant. Ironically, Glasnevin is where The General, Irish patriot, Michael Collins is buried not far from the resting place of Kitty O'Shea, Parnell's mistress. Michael Collins grave is the most visited in Glasnevin. See more »
James Cagney was as great a star that existed in Hollywood. I enjoyed this film of the Irish "struggles" as they are referred to, and features a great beauty, Dana Wynter and a favorite actress of mine Glynis Johns. Mr. Cagney was perfect in his performances and again in this film Cagney when on screen dominates every scene. Don Murray is effective but frankly when Cagney is in a scene no matter who shares the scene one always looks at Cagney. That is what happens when a real movie star is in a scene and James Cagney bred at the great Warner Bros of the 1930's was a box office movie star and great actor.
James Cagney would make one or two more movies in particular Billy Wilder's zany "One Two Three" and then retire. When Cagney retired he retired. No cameos, no guest shots. Jack Warner asked Cagney to return in Warner Bros film version of My Fair Lady but Cagney -who would have been wonderful-refused. ( In fact J L Warner used to refer to Cagney as "the refuser" because James Cagney refused every enticement to return.
Shanke Hands With The Devil is a fine movie, and I recommend it
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