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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
Ralph Bellamy ... McLean
Patricia Ellis ... Patricia
Alice White ... Allison
Ralf Harolde ... Jerry
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Lt. 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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Taglines:

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

The scene of Danny photographing an execution is based an actual incident in which Chicago-based crime photographer Tom Howard (who was the grandfather of 'George Wendt') surreptitiously snapped the famous photo of convicted murderess Ruth Snyder's January 12, 1928 execution in the electric chair at Sing Sing for the New York Daily News. See more »

Goofs

Cagney's suit goes from dirty to clean to dirty again during the car chase from Sing Sing and the subsequent subway ride. 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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Connections

Spoofed in The Front Page (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Played as background piano music in the bar
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An enjoyable little James Cagney comedy.
8 February 1999 | by Rohan Berry CrickmarSee all my reviews

As usual James Cagney provides nothing short of his usual high standard, in this light comedy/drama with a dark edge. Seeming more relevant now, especially with all the recent scandals involving the paparazzi and it's stars, this movie takes the usual 'Cagney' structure. He starts out a broke bad boy on the ropes, but with his wiley charm and dodgy dealings, does good. Cagney is impossible to hate, even when, as in this movie he becomes as obnoxious as ever. In particular the scene in which the Fireman, comes to find the man who got his picture on the front page. It is in scenes like this, that Cagney shows his deft comic touch, something so under-used in his long and prestigious career. In short The Picture Snatcher, is well worth an hour and a half of anyones time. Although by no means Cagney's best, it still holds up well against an 'Accidental Hero'. Enjoy!!!


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