An expose of the racketeering "accident victims" who extort millions of dollars annually from American automobile owners, insurance companies and property owners by staging fake accident ... See full summary »
When a hapless pharmacist loses his job and falls in with criminals, he's soon made The Fall Guy. Unemployed, Johnny Quinlan (Jack Mulhall) starts doing jobs for underworld chieftain Nifty ... See full summary »
A serial killer in London is murdering young women he meets through the personal columns of newspapers. He announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem. After ... See full summary »
The film originated from a conversation between President Herbert Hoover and MGM head Louis B. Mayer. Hoover thought the public needed to have greater respect for the police and law enforcement, in light of all the "gangster" pictures coming out at the time seemingly glorifying them. See more »
During the bank heist, the number and position of the filing cabinets on the back of the truck changes between several shots. See more »
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick:
Well, you big baboon, they couldn't keep you off the front page if they put you in a straight jacket. Been kinda insulting you, haven't they?
Capt. Jim Fitzpatrick:
Mary's been reading me a lot of hot air.
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick:
Aw, it's not a lot of hot air. It's hysteria! Your names being flung around headquarters like a pass to a speakeasy.
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Opening card: Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant universal backing of the public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts, I am convinced that our police would stamp out the excessive crime, which had disgraced some of our great cities. ---- President Herbert Hoover See more »
This is an exciting Pre-Code cop film from MGM. When I say "Pre-Code", I am indicating that it was made just before the adoption of the Hollywood Production Code that was intended to clean up movies and eliminate sex, violence and other adult-only content in films. Because of this, the film is much more violent than films made in the mid-30s and later. It also features a lot of seamy dialog and content. A few examples of these taboos that were in some Pre-Code films would include:
Police radio reports of "a nude woman on the corner of Elm and Berry" and an "indecent exposure".
Memorable lines such as "the back of his head was blown out" and referring to the coroner's vehicle as "the meat wagon".
These sleazy elements actually helped make the movie more exciting and seem more like a real police story. And it was exciting throughout until a very, very disappointing and silly ending. Yes, this ending WAS violent and satisfying on a baser level, but it just made no sense at all. This helped to make this movie a good time-passer with some sleazy elements, but not much more. Exciting but not all that satisfying.
In addition to all the excitement, look for a very young and pretty adorable Mickey Rooney as Walter Huston's son.
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