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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Dialogue Director, William Keighley, would go on to direct several James Cagney films including G-MEN, Each Day I Die, The Fighting 69th, The Bride Came C.O.D. and Torrid Zone. See more »

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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

Young and Healthy
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Allison shows Danny the newspaper headline
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Tough Mug goes "Legit"
5 April 1999 | by Ugarte-5See all my reviews

Everyone has seen Public Enemy and Yankee Doodle Dandy, but if you're a serious Cagney buff you've got to see this flick. Made in '33 it is set in that time period. Cagney gets out of the big house and goes legit, if being a paparazzi is legit. The formula is tried and true; with pluck and luck Cagney makes good. The characters are stock, on paper, but the actors breath so much personality into them that they become individuals. Though we know Cagney will prevail, we don't know just how he will succeed, and that is where the drama comes from. The pace is quick enough that you wont go to the kitchen for a sandwich without hitting the stop button first. Great acting, a good story, a happy ending, bouncy theme music, and those great cars of the 1930s. What more do you want?


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