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Never Steal Anything Small (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 12 April 1959 (UK)
Jake MacIllaney will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot and Cabot's attractive wife,... See full summary »

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Charles Lederer
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Jake MacIllaney
Shirley Jones ... Linda Cabot
Roger Smith ... Dan Cabot
Cara Williams ... Winnipeg Simmons
Nehemiah Persoff ... Pinelli
Royal Dano ... Words Cannon
Anthony Caruso ... Lt. Tevis
Horace McMahon ... O. K. Merritt
Virginia Vincent ... Ginger
Jack Albertson ... Sleep-Out Charlie Barnes
Robert J. Wilke ... Lennie
Herbie Faye ... Hymie
Billy M. Greene ... Ed Barton
Barry Russo ... Ward (as John Duke)
Jack Orrison Jack Orrison ... Osborne
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Jake MacIllaney will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot and Cabot's attractive wife, Linda, MacIllaney breaks up their marriage, pursues Linda, and pins a grand larceny rap on Dan. And all set to music! Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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union | gangster | based on play | See All (3) »

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A rowdy, riotous, romantical musical story of muscle-men and their molls

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Opening titles: This picture is sympathetically dedicated to labor and its problems in coping with a new and merry type of public enemy...the charming, well-dressed gentleman who cons his way to a union throne. And never needs to blow a safe again. See more »

Soundtracks

Helping Our Friends
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
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A dumb concept--one of Cagney's few misfires
14 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Well, I gotta say one thing about this film--the concept certainly is unusual. The film is a comedic musical all about gangsters! But, unfortunately it isn't very funny and the songs aren't very good. If you were expecting GUYS AND DOLLS, you are in for a big disappointment. Instead, the movie looks and feels pretty dull and uninvolving. In a way, I would love to have seen the Jimmy Cagney from WHITE HEAT or THE PUBLIC ENEMY enter the film and beat the ever-living snot out of the wussy and "cute" gangster Cagney plays in this film.

The bottom line is that the film just isn't entertaining or interesting. There are so many better Cagney films out there--pick one of them instead.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1959 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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