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The Beast of the City (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 February 1932 (USA)
Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.

Director:

Charles Brabin

Writers:

W.R. Burnett (story), John Lee Mahin (dialogue continuity) (as John L. Mahin)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Huston ... Jim Fitzpatrick
Jean Harlow ... Daisy Stevens
Wallace Ford ... Ed Fitzpatrick
Jean Hersholt ... Sam Belmonte
Dorothy Peterson ... Mary Fitzpatrick
Tully Marshall ... Michaels
John Miljan ... District Attorney
Emmett Corrigan Emmett Corrigan ... Chief of Police Burton
Warner Richmond ... Tom
Sandy Roth Sandy Roth ... Mac
J. Carrol Naish ... Pietro Cholo
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Storyline

Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick is fighting gangster Sam Belmonte. He asks his dishonest brother Ed to keep an eye on Daisy who was connected with Belmonte. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

Beware the hunters who stalk their prey through city jungles! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Sentinels See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$230,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$889,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,329,800
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Thursday 19 September 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Thursday 31 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), and by San Francisco 17 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); there is no reliable documentation that it was ever aired in New York City at this time, possibly because of sponsors resistance to the many pre-code aspects of its story. See more »

Goofs

When Ed and Daisy are out at the club, the lamp on the table is initially to Ed's right. In the next shot, it's to his left. The position of the lamp on the table keeps changing in subsequent shots during the entire scene. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jim Fitzpatrick: Where have you been keeping yourself lately? Busy?
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: Yeah, I've been real busy these days - junkie investigation.
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Opening credits are shown over the picture of a monster background. See more »

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Old Black Joe
(1853) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Wallace Ford
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Very exciting but also a bit ridiculous
28 May 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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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