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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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Certificate:

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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

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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Fighting corruption
7 February 2006 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

James Cagney was an actor with plenty charisma, and this film is an evidence of it. He was always pleasant in any role, no matter if he was a gangster, a good man or a dancer, he performed all well and delivered enough smell for sympathy. The film had no a complicated plot, it was quite simple but still relevant for the society. Corruption of officials is very common, and what the film showed is what still exists. Certainly there are decent people who do not commit such mistakes, and Johnny 'Red' Cave (Cagney) was one of them, who was in charge of the bureau of weights and measures. He investigated several dark cases and succeeded to make them clear as well as finding out who were responsible for such misdeeds. However, knowing is not enough, it is necessary to make accusations with evidences to condemn those guilty, and that was what Johnny did. Probably today somebody like Johnny should use more sophisticated methods according to those used by those infringing the law. In any case, the film is good also to be watched for entertainment.


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