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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 »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Danny
... McLean
... Patricia
... Allison
... Jerry
... Lt. Nolan
... Grover
... Hennessy (as George Pat Collins)
... John
Tom Wilson ... Leo
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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!

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Drama | Crime

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6 May 1933 (USA)  »

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Der Mann mit der Kamera  »

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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 »

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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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Featured in Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975) See more »

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Young and Healthy
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Allison shows Danny the newspaper headline
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Cagney Joins The Paparazzi!
21 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was great! It's vintage Cagney: tough, cocky, funny and endearing! The film is also typical early '30s: short, entertaining, fast-moving with some wild dialog and plenty of action and humor.

Imagine the outcry today if they showed the hero pushing women around as James Cagney did here and in other films of the period. This particular story has Cagney playing "Danny Kean," an ex-con who quits his former mob and winds up at a tabloid newspaper as a member of the paparazzi! (I guess this story was ahead of it's time.) He does what he has to do get a picture for the paper, and a financial raise for his efforts.

Along the way are several very pretty women "Pat" and "Allison" (played respectively by Patricia Ellis and Alice White); a number of sexual innuendos (which wouldn't have made it in the picture had this been made a year later); and just a fun-filled corny 1930s ride.

I wish a bunch more of these entertaining films, especially with Cagney, were available.


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