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Great Guy (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | December 1936 (USA)
The adventures of an investigator (Cagney) for the Bureau of Weights and Measures.

Director:

John G. Blystone

Writers:

James Edward Grant (story "The Johnnie Cave Stories"), Henry McCarty (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Johnny Cave
Mae Clarke ... Janet Henry
James Burke ... Pat Haley
Edward Brophy ... Pete Reilly
Henry Kolker ... Abel Canning
Bernadene Hayes ... Hazel
Edward McNamara Edward McNamara ... Capt. Hanlon
Robert Gleckler ... Marty Cavanaugh
Joe Sawyer ... Burton
Edward Gargan ... Al
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Tim
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Ogilvie
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... Joel Green
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Mayor
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Storyline

It's the New York Department of Weights and Measures vs. a systematic effort to cheat the public by giving them less product than they pay for...organized by crooked city alderman Marty Cavanaugh, who put the last chief deputy inspector in the hospital. The new man, pugnacious Johnny Cave, steps on the toes of influential merchants and gets increasing pressure, both political and strong-arm, to desist. Will the luck (if not the pluck) of the Irish pull him through? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran tipo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zion Meyers Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was James Cagney's first film in more than 11 months because of litigation following the termination of his contract at Warner Bros. See more »

Quotes

Johnny 'Red' Cave: I'll see you in jail, bread-snatcher!
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Crazy Credits

First card shows the hands of a clock going around clockwise, and the company name Grand National is shown, as the hands uncover the wording. See more »

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Cagney on the Cheap
30 April 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When James Cagney walked out of his contract with Warner Brothers in 1935 it was because of the roles he was getting. He objected to the type casting. So he signs with this B picture studio called Grand National and this is one of the two films he did for that studio.

He could have made the same picture at Warner Brothers. It sure isn't anything original for him. He makes it at Grand National and does his usual Cagney urban tough guy part and doesn't get the benefit of the production values of an A Studio.

It's a B picture and it shows. But it's not a bad film at all. I think that it was butchered in the editing, the picture seems to start in the middle of the story. But what remains is a good fast paced Cagney film (is there any other pace for him?). He gets good support from among others, Joe Sawyer, Edward Brophy and most of all from James Burke who in his role as Cagney's trainee sidekick almost steals the picture from him.

Ironically in 1937 he went back to Warner Brothers and what is the first film Cagney does? Angels With Dirty Faces. No new ground for him there, but he gets his first Oscar nomination. It's like he gave up on typecasting. But he certainly did expand his range and got a lot of good roles, both from Warner Brothers and from other studios.


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