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A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 23 September 1953 (USA)
A charismatic peddler from the bayous finds his true calling in politics. Is he a demagogue in the making?

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Hank Martin
... Verity Wade
... Flamingo McManamee
... Jules Bolduc
... Jeb Brown
... Jennie Brown
... Spurge McManamee (as Lon Chaney)
... Frank Rector
... Robert L. Castleberry IV
... Guy Polli
... Samuel T. Beach
Mickey Simpson ... Tim Peck, Blacksmith
... Lula May McManamee
... Singing Woman
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Colorful bayou peddler Hank Martin marries pretty teacher Verity, who finds that the rural poor all love Hank. Gradually, she realizes that Hank's popularity is the fruit of his expert manipulation of everyone he knows. She's further taken aback when she meets sexy swamp girl Flamingo, who considered Hank hers and is murderously jealous. Now Hank starts crusading against a crooked cotton buyer, and swiftly rises toward political power. Is there no stopping him? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Jeb Brown- his heart was too big it made an easy target See more »

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23 September 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Verity gives Miss Lefevre her bottle of "tonic", it is actually a large bottle of Pepto-Bismol. See more »

Goofs

Fifteen minutes in, when James Cagney and Barbara Hale are walking towards Mr. Castleberry's mansion, a very visible boom mic shadow can be seen moving in front of them, going from the top to the middle of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Verity Wade: It's these folks. They're all so wonderful.
Hank Martin: Well, all folks is wonderful. You just have to know the right place to kick 'em in.
Verity Wade: What?
Hank Martin: Sure. It's like learnin' to play a musical instrument by ear. All you gotta know is what place to push to get what note. Then pretty soon, everybody's dancin'...to your tune.
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Soundtracks

Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
Written by James Allen Bland
Played when Hank is dancing with the children
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Cagney is an acquired taste.
17 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This isn't the worst Cagney movie, but it is a good example of the problem with his acting. He was an amazing screen presence, demanding to be watched, a wonderfully versatile performer and an incredibly successful professional, but (and I know it's almost sacrilege to say this in the company of nostalgia-hungry Americans) he brought far too much of his dancing to his straight acting. The result is so often irritating, jerky physicality producing an uncomfortable caricature rather than a believable character. Hank Martin is one of many Cagney performances that needs the melodrama turning down a notch or two. This isn't the worst culprit; for that see "What Price Glory", "Blood on the Sun" or "The Fighting 69th".


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