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Lady Killer (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 9 December 1933 (USA)
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A former gangster makes it big in Hollywood, but his old life catches up with him.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Ben Markson (screen play), Lillie Hayward (screen play) (as Lilie Hayward) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Dan Quigley
Mae Clarke ... Myra Gale
Margaret Lindsay ... Lois Underwood
Leslie Fenton ... Duke
Douglass Dumbrille ... Spade Maddock (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Russell Hopton ... Smiley
Raymond Hatton ... Pete
Henry O'Neill ... Ramick
Robert Elliott ... Brannigan
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Wilbur Marley
Willard Robertson ... Detective Conroy
William B. Davidson ... Director Williams (as William Davidson)
Douglas Cosgrove ... Detective Jones
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When a movie theater usher is fired, he takes up with criminals and finds himself quite adept at various illegal activities. Eventually though, the police catch up with him, and he runs to hide out in Los Angeles. There he stumbles into the movie business and soon rises to stardom. He has gone straight, but his newfound success arouses the interest of his old criminal associates, who are not above blackmail... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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For the scene where Dan Quigley hauls Myra Gale across the apartment floor by her hair, and throws her out the door, James Cagney taught his co-star Mae Clarke an old stage trick. When Cagney grabbed hold of Clarke's hair (holding her by the top of her head), Clarke reached up and grabbed Cagney's wrist with both hands. This put her weight on Cagney's wrist, instead of on her hair. Clarke then held on to Cagney's wrist, screaming as he dragged her across the room. See more »

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Dan just gets released on bail and then is in the car chase and shoot-out at the end of it. Where did he get the gun he uses to shoot Spade? See more »

Quotes

Spade Maddock: Oh, you're off your nut. You take my advice and stay away from that guy.
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Connections

References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played during the restaurant scene where the studio representative spots Dan
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From Movie Usher to Crook to Movie Star in 77 minutes
25 April 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Though dated quite a bit, Lady Killer is still enjoyable today though the film is the victim of some bad editing and plot holes.

James Cagney gets fired from his job as a movie usher and gets picked up by Mae Clarke who's the moll and come-on for a gang of crooks who have many sidelines. Currently they are running a poker game and Cagney gets taken. Of course he discovers it shortly, but instead of turning them in, he joins them.

But murder he doesn't figure on after he fingers a job at a rich widow's mansion. He beats it to California on the lam and gets work as an extra. But through a little chicanery gets a featured role in a film and becomes a movie star. Of course the old gang looks him up and there are consequences.

There's some bad editing in Lady Killer. Cagney starts courting star Margaret Lindsay and in a scene that must have been cut she expressed to him to have monkeys, elephants and yodelers at her birthday party. It was a joke because in what we do see, Cagney brings all those things to her party and Marx Brothers like chaos results. It was a very funny scene, but it had no foundation.

There's one interesting scene that is a commentary on the times. When Cagney arrives in Los Angeles, he's immediately picked up by the LAPD and held for questioning for those New York activities. They let him go for lack of evidence, but threaten that if he doesn't get a job in two days he'll be picked up on a sodomy rap. Though the word they use is an offensive euphemism.

When Cagney is spotted by some agents from the studio looking for various types as actors his natural instinct in this next scene is to run. Not a good thing to have a sodomy rap hung on you whether it was true or not. He had every reason to fear it. Then this was before the code, in two years the topic was never even mentioned.

Lady Killer is typical of the type of film that Cagney was being used in by Warner Brothers, enjoyable for his fans, risqué a bit, but badly edited as well.


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Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

9 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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(Turner library print)

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