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City for Conquest (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Sport | 21 September 1940 (USA)
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors:

Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco (uncredited)

Writers:

John Wexley (screen play), Aben Kandel (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Danny Kenny
Ann Sheridan ... Peggy Nash
Frank Craven ... Old Timer
Donald Crisp ... Scotty MacPherson
Frank McHugh ... 'Mutt'
Arthur Kennedy ... Eddie Kenny
George Tobias ... 'Pinky'
Jerome Cowan ... 'Dutch'
Elia Kazan ... 'Googi'
Anthony Quinn ... Murray Burns
Lee Patrick ... Gladys
Blanche Yurka ... Mrs. Nash
George Lloyd ... 'Goldie'
Joyce Compton ... Lilly
Thurston Hall ... Max Leonard
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Storyline

Cagney is Danny Kenny, a truck driver who enters "the fight game" and Sheridan plays his girlfriend, Peggy. Danny realizes success in the ring and uses his income to pay for his brother Eddie's music composition career, while Peggy goes on to become a professional dancer. When Peggy turns down Danny's marriage proposal for her dancing career, Danny, who wanted to quit the fight game, continues on & is blinded by rosin dust purposely placed on the boxing gloves of his opponent during a fight. His former manager finances a newsstand for the now semi-blind Danny. The movie ends with brother Eddie becoming a successful composer and dedicates a symphony at Carnegie Hall to his brother who listens to the concert on the radio from his newsstand. Peggy, now down on her luck, but in the audience at Carnegie, rushes to Danny at his newsstand where they reunite. The movie is based on a novel of the same name. Written by Bacardi

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A story with all the fire and fury of its two great stars!

Genres:

Drama | Music | Sport

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciudad de conquista See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner Library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Danny's newsstand is in the Times Square area - note the signs in the background for the Hotel Astor on Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets (demolished in 1967), Hector's Cafeteria, and the Realto Theatre at 1481 Broadway (demolished in 2002). See more »

Goofs

Obvious matte paintings of motionless spectators are used to simulate the back rows and upper tier of the boxing arena. See more »

Quotes

'Googi': [His dying words after being shot by a hoodlum he thought was unarmed] Ah gee, never figured on that at all.
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Alternate Versions

In a part similar to his Stage Manager in "Our Town", Frank Craven appears as "Old Timer", the "host" of "City for Conquest" in a sort of Greek chorus style. As the producers of the film were of the opinion that the character's narration was unnecessary, and slowed the movie down, Craven's scenes were cut prior to the film's original release in 1940. Totaling five or so minutes of screen time, this cut material was not seen until it was restored in a 2006 DVD release. Older prints not containing this material run approximately 98 minutes; the restored print runs 104 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Head (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Eubie Blake
Danced to by Anthony Quinn and Ann Sheridan at the Rose Garden Ballroom and played at various times throughout the picture
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City for Conquest-Captures Mood of N.Y. ****
13 November 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Terrific 1940 film where the great James Cagney does it again in giving a memorable performance. This time it's as a fighter who goes into boxing so that his brother, Arthur Kennedy, can fulfill a musical career as well as an escape for girl friend, Ann Sheridan, ditching him for a dancing career with Anthony Quinn, a real cad if there ever were.

The film has a tremendous supporting cast and all do a fine job in showing what movie making should be.

Future director, Elia Kazan, is in fine form as a mobster, a product of a rough childhood environment. In seeing Kazan here, I wonder what his acting career would have been like had he not chosen to go behind the camera.

The aspect of N.Y. life is wonderfully shown by the upper class of musical life, life on the lower east side as well as the boxing center of sports. How they interact in this film is so well memorably accomplished.

As a boxing magnate, I thought that the usual erudite Donald Crisp would be miscast. How wrong I was. He evoked much sympathy in trying to protect his fighter-Cagney.

A truly memorable film. This is a heck of a movie classic.


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