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City Streets (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 18 April 1931 (USA)
Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison.

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Dashiell Hammett (story), Max Marcin (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... The Kid
Sylvia Sidney ... Nan Cooley
Paul Lukas ... Big Fellow Maskal
William 'Stage' Boyd ... McCoy (as William Boyd)
Wynne Gibson ... Agnes
Guy Kibbee ... Pop Cooley
Stanley Fields ... Blackie
Betty Sinclair ... Pansy
Robert Homans ... Police Inspector
Barbara Leonard ... Esther March
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Storyline

Nan, a racketeer's daughter, is in love with The Kid, a shooting gallery showman. Despite Nan's prodding, The Kid has no ambitions about joining the rackets and making enough money to support Nan in the lifestyle she's accustomed to. Her attitude changes after her father implicates her in a murder and she's sent to prison. During her incarceration, her father convinces The Kid to join the gang in order to help free Nan. When Nan is released, she wants nothing more to do with the mob and tries to get The Kid to quit, but she may be too late. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Love and courage pitted against a ruthless hate! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Streets See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was Dashiell Hammett's only original screenplay (adapted by Max Marcin, with the eventual script by Oliver H.P. Garrett). See more »

Quotes

Nan Cooley: [after witnessing a gangland murder] They all get it sooner or later.
Prison Inmate: You're lucky your boyfriend ain't mixed up in no racket.
Nan Cooley: Don't I know it?
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Connections

Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played at the shooting gallery
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Early gangster flick a pleasant surprise
2 April 2007 | by nnnn45089191See all my reviews

Clearly patterned after the first gangster movies that Warner produced the same year,Little Caesar (1931) and The Public Enemy (1931),this gangster movie is one of the better efforts I've seen. Although not quite in the same league as the previous mentioned classics, it has a powerful performance by young Sylvia Sidney.She's magnificent and delivers her lines more natural than perhaps anyone did at the time.Gary Cooper is better than usual at this stage in his career and shows signs of what would follow the next few years when he rose to the top. The movie has some fascinating villains in Paul Lukas (never seen him this detestable) and Guy Kibbee (what a shock to see him act the hoodlum).The direction of Rouben Mamoulian is very inventive,probably the first voice-over to show a persons thoughts appear in this movie. If you get the chance to see this little gangster flick, don't let the chance go by.


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