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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

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 »

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

Director Williams: We're looking for types, new faces, tough guys for a gangster picture. Do you want a job?
Dan Quigley: Doin' what?
Director Williams: Acting in pictures.
Dan Quigley: Who are tryin' to rib?
Director Williams: Do you want it or don't ya?
Dan Quigley: What's in it?
Director Williams: Three bucks a day and a box lunch.
Dan Quigley: I'm on.
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Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
In the score as the train speeds to California
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a bit difficult to believe but lots of fun
20 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Jimmy Cagney plays a gangster in this film. However, despite having seen him play such a role in countless other films, this one is unique and well worth seeing because it STILL dares to be different.

Cagney is a wanted man back East, so he gets the idea of going to the West Coast to hang out and wait for things to die down. However, once there he is discovered by Hollywood and stars in gangster films because he is "so natural and believable". Well, despite his very shady past, Cagney tries to go straight and likes the life of a star. However, old associates realize who he is and try to blackmail him.

The film is a light comedy that invigorates the standard gangster genre. For its uniqueness and excellent acting and writing, the film gets an 8.


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