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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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Cast

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 Douglas Cosgrove ... Detective Jones
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Storyline

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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Warner Bros. screen scoop of the year teaming Jimmie again with the girl he slapped all the way from obscurity to fame in "Public Enemy" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

9 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finger Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After James Cagney, dressed as a native American, dismounts a mechanical horse, he finds it painful to sit down in Lois' dressing room. When she enters and asks him what he's made up for, Cagney, who was fluent in Yiddish, responds "Big Chief Es Tut Mir Veh im Tuchas," which delicately translated means "Big Chief It Hurts My Rear End." See more »

Goofs

When Dan's former gang approaches the car offering a tour of movie stars homes, they walk through the shadow of the boom microphone - which can initially be seen on the street at their feet, then it rolls up all four as they walk to the side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Myra Gale: You can't get out of this country without paying your income tax.
Dan Quigley: Hmm, that income tax. I wish I had a piece of that racket.
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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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Cagney In The Movies.
3 November 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Roy Del Ruth directed this gangster comedy as Jimmy Cagney plays a recently fired movie usher named Dan, who ends up with criminals, learning their ways, but who takes the rap for one of their crimes, and goes on the run to Hollywood where he becomes a famous movie star, attracting the attentions of his old associates who want in on the action, or they'll expose him... Mae Clarke plays his love interest, and has an amusing scene that reminds you of the famous "grapefruit" sequence from "The Public Enemy". Good Cagney Performance, but film isn't particularly funny as comedy, and overly familiar as a gangster picture. Innocuous and mostly forgettable.


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