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He Was Her Man (1934)

Dan Curly sends two hitmen to kill double-crossing Flicker Hayes, who retreats to a small village with ex-prostitute Rose to hide.


Lloyd Bacon


Tom Buckingham (screenplay), Niven Busch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
Joan Blondell ... Rose Lawrence
Victor Jory ... Nick Gardella
Frank Craven ... Pop Sims, aka Jim Parker
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Gardella
Harold Huber ... J.C. Ward, Curly's Hitman
Russell Hopton ... Monk, Curly's Hitman
Ralf Harolde ... Frank 'Red' Deering
John Qualen ... Dutch, Santa Avila's Cabbie
Bradley Page ... Dan 'Danny' Curly
Samuel E. Hines Samuel E. Hines ... Gassy
George Chandler ... Highway Service Station Counterman
James Eagles James Eagles ... Whitey, the Driver (as James Eagle)


Flicker Hayes informs the police after he sets up two men to be caught in a phony robbery attempt, because they were responsible for his going to prison. Dan Curly escapes, but the other kills a policeman and goes to the chair, so Dan wants two hitmen to get Flicker, who plans to leave the country. But he meets down-and-out Rose Lawrence, an ex-prostitute looking to hitch a ride to a small fishing village in the south to marry a Portuguese fisherman, and Flicker decides it would be a nice place to hide. After he seduces Rose, Flicker stakes her to a bus ticket and goes with her. But he's been spotted by Pop Sims, who follows them and reports Flicker's whereabouts to Dan. Meanwhile, Rose falls in love with Flicker, who is unaware that the hitmen are coming to kill him. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Jimmy & Joan Together Again (Print Ad- Oakland Tribune, ((Oakland, Calif.)) 24 June 1934)


Crime | Drama | Romance






English | Portuguese | Latin

Release Date:

16 June 1934 (USA) See more »

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Without Honor See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Hayes and Lawrence are in the hotel room talking about her marriage prospects, Hayes blurbs out "Cherchez la Femme". Translated "Look for the woman", it is a French expression that means whenever there is a problem or trouble, look for a woman to be behind it. See more »


When the two gangsters are in the Santa Avila store messing with the slot machine, there is a car parked in the front. But on the following shots after the store owner confronts them; the car keeps changing positions. See more »


Hotel Clerk: Thanks Mr. Hayes.
Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen: Who?
Hotel Clerk: Aren't you Flicker Hayes?
Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen: My names Allen. Jerry Allen.
Hotel Clerk: Oh, excuse me. You look like a guy that used to come into Kelly's back in New York.
Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen: Oh, really? Well, there's a lot of strange looking people in the world.
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Spoofed in He Was Her Man (1937) See more »


Thugs and Kisses
Music by Leo F. Forbstein
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Serious Entertainment From Cagney & Blondell
5 October 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A young San Francisco woman, who's lived rough, is torn between the Portuguese fisherman she admires & the petty criminal she adores.

HE WAS HER MAN is a particularly good example of the sort of crime drama which Warner Bros. did so well in the early 1930's. Intelligent romantic dialogue and gentle humor, in addition to some very fine performances, are all ingredients which make this film a solid success - even though it is nearly forgotten now. This picture was produced just before the implementation of the Production Code and the climax, while completely appropriate, will surprise some viewers.

Jimmy Cagney is entirely irrepressible, strutting through each scene like a banty rooster, shouting attention to himself without ever having to raise his voice. As a fellow on the lam from vicious mobsters who want him dead, Cagney plays a character not in control of his own circumstances - a rarity for him, which makes him at once more vulnerable and more human. Joan Blondell nicely underplays her part as the tough luck lady he befriends, avoiding any of the sass & sizzle from her comedic films which would be out of place here.

At the other end of the spectrum from the grim roles with which he would become associated, Victor Jory is excellent as the quiet, decent fisherman who deeply loves Blondell. His performance is one of the major assets of the film.

Bradley Page, Russell Hopton, Harold Huber & Ralf Harolde play various Manhattan crooks & killers, with Frank Craven especially good as a genial, albeit sinister, shadow. Solid support is given by Sarah Padden as Jory's exuberant old-world mother & John Qualen as the local delivery man.

Outdoor location shooting took place around Monterey, California. While the film's setting, the seaside village of Santa Avila, is completely fictional, the Monterey Bay area has long enjoyed a strong Portuguese contingent as part of its fishing industry.

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