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Lady Killer (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 9 December 1933 (USA)
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A former gangster makes it big in Hollywood, but his old life catches up with him.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Ben Markson (screen play), Lillie Hayward (screen play) (as Lilie Hayward) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Dan Quigley
Mae Clarke ... Myra Gale
Margaret Lindsay ... Lois Underwood
Leslie Fenton ... Duke
Douglass Dumbrille ... Spade Maddock (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Russell Hopton ... Smiley
Raymond Hatton ... Pete
Henry O'Neill ... Ramick
Robert Elliott ... Brannigan
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Wilbur Marley
Willard Robertson ... Detective Conroy
William B. Davidson ... Director Williams (as William Davidson)
Douglas Cosgrove Douglas Cosgrove ... Detective Jones
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Storyline

When a movie theater usher is fired, he takes up with criminals and finds himself quite adept at various illegal activities. Eventually though, the police catch up with him, and he runs to hide out in Los Angeles. There he stumbles into the movie business and soon rises to stardom. He has gone straight, but his newfound success arouses the interest of his old criminal associates, who are not above blackmail... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The Story that even Winchell Missed! (Print ad- Niagra Falls Gazette, ((Niagra Falls NY)) 13 January 1934) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

9 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Finger Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both George Blackwood as "Escort" and John Marsden as "Kendall" are listed in studio records/casting call lists, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. A modern source lists Sam Ash as "Hood,' but that role was played by Lew Harvey. See more »

Goofs

Dan just gets released on bail and then is in the car chase and shoot-out at the end of it. Where did he get the gun he uses to shoot Spade? See more »

Quotes

Myra Gale: [Answering the door] What is it?
Dan Quigley: Yeah, you're the doll.
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Soundtracks

Isn't It Heavenly
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Played when Myra invites Dan into her apartment.
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Almost true to life, eh?
11 September 2008 | by cordaro9418See all my reviews

Hustler gets hustled, goes to Hollywood and hits big.

Hustler's friends arrive to hustle him again... and get hustled in return.

All this and the boy gets the girl too.

Very simple Cagney gangster type film, but lighter on the bullets. It rolls along at a fair pace and sews itself up pretty well.

With revisits from some 'Pubic Enemy' cast-mates, Cagney does a great job turning out 'A' list material in a 'B' list film, just as his career was built on.

If you're an Cagney fan or a fan of 'Dream Factory' old school films, bring some popcorn.


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