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James Cagney
Director: Roy Del Ruth Cast: James Cagney
James Cagney
, Loretta Young
Loretta Young
, George E. Stone
George E. Stone
Roy Del Ruth

DVD (Full Frame)

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A huge box office success and a key film in James Cagney's rise to stardom, this drama stars Cagney as Matt Nolan, a gritty New York City cab driver who is being squeezed by a monopolistic taxi trust which uses force to run him and other independent cabbies away from the most profitable locations. Nolan joins forces with Pop Riley (George Kibbee), whose cab is smashed by a truck when he refuses to cooperate with the syndicate. Kibbee is sent to prison for shooting at the truck driver. Nolan is dating his daughter, Sue (Loretta Young), and they enter a Peabody dance contest at a local nightclub. Cagney dances on screen for the first time, and so does George Raft as Willie Kenny, another dancing tough guy who was a friend of Cagney's, who pushed Warner Bros. to give Cagney the role. Nolan marries Sue Riley, and she tries to get him to cool down. But the taxi trust goons kill his brother Danny (Ray Cooke), and Nolan goes on a rampage. In several filmed gun battles, live machine-gun bullets are used, as they were in Cagney's famed The Public Enemy. This is the last time Cagney allowed that. ~ Michael Betzold

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2012
UPC: 0883316450222
Original Release: 1932
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:09:00
Sales rank: 34,783

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Matt Nolan
Loretta Young Sue Reilly
George E. Stone Skeets
Guy Kibbee Pop Reilly
Leila Bennett Ruby
Dorothy Burgess Marie Costa
Matt McHugh Joe Silva
Donald Cook Actor
Evelyn Knapp Movie Star
Cotton Club Orchestra Themselves
David Landau Buck Gerard
Ray Cooke Danny Nolan
George Raft William "Willie" Kenny
Berton Churchill Mr. West
Aggie Herring Cleaning lady
George MacFarlane Father Nulty
Robert E. O'Connor Cop with Jewish man
Nat Pendleton Truckdriver
Lee Phelps Onlooker
Russell Powell Dance Judge
Hector V. Sarno Monument Salesman
Ben Taggart Cop
Harry Tenbrook Cabbie
Polly Walters Polly
Eddie Fetherstone Dance Judge
Jesse de Vorska Actor

Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
John Bright Screenwriter
Ralph Dawson Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon Editor
James Gibson Editor
Kubec Glasmon Screenwriter
Esdras Hartley Art Director
James Van Trees Cinematographer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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