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Great Guy (1936)

Passed | | 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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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 ... 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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TOPS IN CAGNEY ENTERTAINMENT! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Cactus Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 28, 1938 - all caps)


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Trivia

The earliest documented television showing of this film occurred Friday 23 January 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. It was rebroadcast Saturday 27 May 1944 on WNBT and Sunday 5 January 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2), inaugurating their series of Sunday movies at the dawn of the post-war television era. 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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Small but important movie
30 March 2002 | by Neil-117See all my reviews

What does this movie have in common with The Godfather, the Wild West or even Superman? Well, it comes right down to truth and justice - whether they really are the American Way or whether corruption and violence have gnawed to the core of democratic society and made it rotten. Second only to sex, institutionalized corruption has been just about the biggest issue for Hollywood right through its history. And rightly so as, the battle to resist it is seemingly never finished.

That's a big build up for a small movie. Great Guy is just a simple story about one man who tries to make a difference and who takes a lot of personal risks in doing so. And let's face it, the Bureau of Weights and Measures is hardly the most glamorous place for a story. But James Cagney's character Johnny Cave uses his brains, his fists and a lot of Attitude to try setting things straight and I for one am grateful to him and others like him.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran tipo See more »

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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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