Never Steal Anything Small

Never Steal Anything Small

James Cagney
Director: Charles Lederer Cast: James Cagney
James Cagney
, Roger Smith
Roger Smith
, Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones
Charles Lederer

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Only one of three films directed by screenwriter Charles Lederer, known for movies as disparate as The Thing (1951) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), this crime comedy-drama-musical obviously defies categorization. Mixing James Cagney as a gangster out to control a big union, with musical numbers and cute songs is about like mixing onions and vanilla pudding. Jake MacIllaney (Cagney) wants to be elected president of Longshoreman's union 26 and, being a top mob boss, is used to getting his way. He is not past almost any stunt or method of coercion to get votes. Dan Cabot (Roger Smith) is Jake's lawyer, and after Jake meets Cabot's wife Linda (Shirley Jones), he sets his sights on conquering her affections. Disregard the husband, he can be taken care of. Setting this to music introduces some entertaining songs ("I'm Sorry -- I Want a Ferrari") but the seriousness of the mobster's immorality and power is hard to reconcile with a perky tune about not stealing the small stuff.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2020
UPC: 0738329250195
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 18,752

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Historian/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer and Audio Commentary by Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin; Theatrical

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Jake MacIllaney
Roger Smith Dan Cabot
Shirley Jones Linda Cabot
Cara Williams Winnipeg
Nehemiah Persoff Pinelli
Royal Dano Words Cannon
Anthony Caruso Lt. Trevis
Horace McMahon O.K. Merritt
Virginia Vincent Ginger
Jack Albertson Sleep-Out Charlie
Robert J. Wilke Lennie
Herbie Faye Hymie
Billy Greene Ed
John Duke Ward
Jack Orrison Osborne
Roland Winters Doctor
Ingrid Goude Model
Skipper McNally Thomas
Gregg Barton Deputy Warden
John Halloran First detective
Jay Jostyn Judge
Phyllis Kennedy Waitress
Eddie Parker Policeman
Harvey Perry Detective
Rebecca Sand Coffee vendor

Technical Credits
Charles Lederer Director,Screenwriter
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold Lipstein Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Clifford Stine Special Effects
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Allie Wrubel Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Never Steal Anything Small
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [8:00]
2. Chapter 2 [7:43]
3. Chapter 3 [8:36]
4. Chapter 4 [14:37]
5. Chapter 5 [18:42]
6. Chapter 6 [12:22]
7. Chapter 7 [9:48]
8. Chapter 8 [10:35]
9. Chapter 9 [3:43]

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