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Picture Snatcher (1933)

Not Rated | | Drama, Crime | 6 May 1933 (USA)
Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Daniel Ahern (based on a story by) (as Danny Ahern), Allen Rivkin (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Danny Kean
Ralph Bellamy ... McLean
Patricia Ellis ... Patricia Nolan
Alice White ... Allison
Ralf Harolde ... Jerry
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Police Lt. Casey Nolan
Robert Barrat ... Grover
G. Pat Collins ... Hennessy (as George Pat Collins)
Arthur Vinton ... John
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... Leo
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Storyline

Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't like that relation at first, but McLean, Kean's boss, convinces him of Kean's good nature. But Kean uses his relation to Patricia to make a photo of an execution. Due to this, Nolan loses his stripes and Kean isn't allowed to see Patricia any longer. But when one of his former friends kills two policemen, Kean sees his chance.... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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His camera takes 'em from love nests to Page One before they can bat an eye---or put on a negligee!

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit der Kamera See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Vaughn Taylor. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase after Danny has left the execution at Sing Sing, the car loses its left rear tire. However, in a couple of shots from the front of the vehicle as it careens out of control, the left rear tire is visibly intact. See more »

Quotes

[Danny is giving a tour of his newspaper's printing room]
Journalism Student: Yes, here it is - white wood pulp, plain white... Why, today it's raw, but tonight it's cooked with printer's ink, photographic art, the sweat of creative effort. Tomorrow it goes out and hundreds of thousands of men and women feed their starving, mediocre souls on the indiscretions and adventures of others. And then, a little while later, what is it?
Danny Kean: Don't you know? They use it to wrap herring.
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Spoofed in The Front Page (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

For You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played as background piano music in the bar
Also played on the radio in Connie's apartment
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It May Not Be Illegal, but is it legitimate?
27 September 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Paroled convict James Cagney is determined not to return to a life of crime and decides to go to straight. He wants to get into journalism, but the only place that will hire him is the Graphic Record, the National Enquirer of its day. And not as a reporter, but as a picture snatcher. Now we would call Cagney a papparazzi.

Still and all it's a job and Cagney is pretty resourceful at getting sensational pictures. He photographs an electric chair execution and his ruthlessness gets his girlfriend's father in some heat. But later on he redeems himself with his knowledge of the criminal underworld.

Considering at where papparazzi are in the social pecking order these days, the viewer of Picture Snatcher is left to wonder just how legitimate Cagney has gone. Joe Pesci almost sixty years after Picture Snatcher was done did a period piece called The Public Eye which explored the same concerns. I think the viewer would like both films and Picture Snatcher if they are Cagney fans.


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