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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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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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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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright (Grand National Pictures declared bankruptcy in 1939) resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Johnny 'Red' Cave: I'll see you in jail, bread-snatcher!
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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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Interesting Role For Cagney, Decent Movie Overall
24 October 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The interesting role for James Cagney is probably the main reason to watch "Great Guy". The role in itself is a fairly uncommon one for a leading role, and Cagney gives it his own distinctive style. The movie overall is a solid if rather predictable crime drama, with a couple of interesting details.

Cagney plays a new official in charge of the bureau of weights and measures, which is a relatively creative choice for a movie hero. As Cagney goes about investigating various instances of fraud, his character gradually takes on more and more of the tough guy persona that you associate with Cagney. At the same time, the stakes become ever higher in his battle with the sources of corruption.

The supporting cast is adequate, but they are generally overshadowed rather easily by Cagney. Mae Clarke is relatively appealing as Cagney's fiancée, but she mostly has to react to situations, since the script and dialogue don't give her much more to work with.

The movie as a whole largely follows a familiar pattern, and with a lesser star it would have been a rather routine affair. Cagney brings it up a couple of notches, and his own performance certainly won't disappoint anyone either.


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