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Jimmy the Gent (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 March 1934 (USA)
An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screen play) (as Bertram Milhauser), Laird Doyle (story "The Heir Chaser") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Jimmy Corrigan
Bette Davis ... Joan Martin
Allen Jenkins ... Lou
Alan Dinehart ... Charles Wallingham
Alice White ... Mabel
Arthur Hohl ... Joe
Phillip Reed ... Ronny Gatson
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Fake Worthingham
Mayo Methot ... Gladys Farrell
Renee Whitney ... Bessie
Ralf Harolde ... Hendrickson (as Ralfe Harolde)
Merna Kennedy ... Jitters
Philip Faversham ... Intern Blair
Nora Lane ... Sarah Posy Barton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Treen ... Nurse (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Unscrupulous investigator of lost heirs Jimmy Corrigan loses his love Joan Martin to apparently upright competitor James Wallingham. He counters by adding a veneer of respectability to his own operation. Meanwhile he exposes Wallingham for a fraud. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He's the BIGGEST CHISELER since MICHAELANGELO! Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Were PIKERS compared ti this RED-HAIRED SON-OF-A-GUN!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Always a Gent 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

Jimmy Cagney utters the phrase, "the dirty rat", which will be used as his catch-phrase for years to come. See more »

Goofs

The length of Jimmy Corrigan's hair, which is extremely close-cropped on the sides and back, varies greatly between scenes. See more »

Quotes

'Jimmy' Corrigan: [to Lou] Now, look, you beat it down to the Farm Owner's Trust Company and bribe that dumb, bald man to give you the dope on that old lady! Get it?
[Pointing a threatening finger]
'Jimmy' Corrigan: And look, if you miss anything, you get lumps!
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Soundtracks

Down Where the Cotton Blossoms Grow
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
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James Cagney is an unscrupulous geneologist who hilariously scams deceased millionaires out of their money.
20 June 2001 | by lgrin7654321See all my reviews

A delightful example of 1930's comedy, with James Cagney on fire as a tough and uncultured geneologist-scam artist who matches wits with an assortment of shady types in pursuit of a dead rich woman's fortune.

The dialogue is snappy and frequently laugh-out loud, the supporting cast led by Bette Davis is fine, and James Cagney is particularly hilarious in his portrayal.

One of the subplots involves Cagney's attempts to learn a little class with which to impress his love/nemesis Davis, and there is a sustained scene of hijinks concerning this that will have you laughing and commending Cagney's acting at the same time. All I can say is that I will never look at tea the same way again!

Finally, this movie is worth seeing just because it was directed by the great Michael Curtiz. This was the first time Curtiz was entrusted with a really major film project, and he makes the most of it. Of course, Curtiz would later direct Cagney in arguably his greatest role, that of Rocky in Angels With Dirty Faces (1938). Curtiz also directed such classics as Casablanca (1942), Captain Blood (1935), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Sea Wolf (1941), The Sea Hawk (1940), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942 - which won James Cagney an Oscar) and many many other great films.

Between Curtiz, Cagney, Davis, and the rest, there is a lot to like about this movie. It's not Heavy Drama, but if you like the kinds of witty and lighthearted comedies that flourished in Hollywood during the 1930's, you will enjoy this example.


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