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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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A thrilling drama of hunters - and hunted, in the city jungles! (Herald). 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:

$408,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Tom and Mac go out to see Jim at his new, quieter precinct, Jim passes out cigars. Mac takes a couple or three and then is seen putting them into his coat pocket twice in successive shots. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Soundtracks

Chopsticks
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Music by Euphemia Allen
Played on piano by Betty Mae Crane and Beverly Crane
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27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Beast of the City, The (1932)

*** (out of 4)

MGM gangster film shown from the point of view of the police. Capt. Fitzpatrick (Walter Huston) is out to bring down gangster Sam Belmonte (Jean Hersholt) but is sold out by his brother (Wallace Ford) who has fallen for the gangster's girl (Jean Harlow). This film is certainly a lot different than the Warner gangster pictures as it doesn't glamorize the gangsters but instead puts the spotlight on the public for allowing gangs to rule the streets. Huston is his usual fiery self and both Ford and Harlow shine in their supporting roles. The subplot between Ford and Harlow is a bit weak but it leads to a highly powerful ending, which is among one of the best scenes from all the gangster films from this period.


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