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Here's James Cagney as Danny Kean, a former gangster who has decided to go straight after a stretch in the big house. Danny has fallen for Patricia (Patricia Ellis), the daughter of the cop who put him away (Robert Emmett O'Connor). Dad isn't convinced that Danny has left his life of crime behind him, and he isn't too impressed with his new career taking pictures for a sleazy tabloid newspaper. Between getting a lurid photo of a fireman in front of a burning building (where his wife and her lover met their fate) and a daring shot of a woman being executed (based an actual incident when a New York Daily News photographer got a photo of Ruth Snyder in the electric chair), Danny's work is selling papers but hardly making Officer O'Connor think his daughter is in good hands (especially since he was in charge of press security for the execution).

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Studio Warner
SKU 206689706
UPC 883929002740
UPC 14 00883929002740
Format DVD
Release Date 3/25/2008
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Alice White - Actor
Allen Rivkin, et. al. - Screenplay
Cliff Hess - Original Music By
Daniel Ahern - Based On Story By
James Cagney - Actor
Lloyd Bacon - Director
Patricia Ellis - Actor
Ralph Bellamy - Actor
Robert M. Haas - Art Director
Sol Polito - Cinematographer
William Holmes - Editor
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ReviewSource Variety
Review Plenty of shoot-'em-up stuff, including some strong-arming and roughhouse tactics, this time in the guise of a technically legal and sympathetic cause - that of getting pictures of a woman being electrocuted, a crazy fireman shooting it out wih the cops, and the like...Among the highlights are the Ruth Snyder take-off from the NY News stunt in lensing that Sing-Sing execution via an ankle-strapped miniature camera. The crazy fireman shooting it out with the cops also harks back to a sensational tabloidized build-up in which a kid New York yegg figured notoriously...Dominating it all - so much so that several loose ends are conveniently glossed over - is Cagney. He takes full advantage of the fly, crisp lines and situations, and a couple of the situashes are not Sunday school. It's all sex stuff. A moll and a double-dealing sobbie are the femme pursuers, while Cagney is chasing the honest cop's daughter...Story, an original by Danny Ahearn, suggests by the Cagney character name of Danny, something of an autobiographical import. It's a punchy, meaty yarn, properly peppered with topical highlights that never permit things to sag.
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ReviewRating 8
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DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
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Sanderson Beck, Movie Mirrors ...[a] melodrama of a reforming gangster...[that] shows how a gangster's tactics can corrupt journalism and vice versa.
Variety ...a punchy, meaty yarn, properly peppered with topical highlights that never permit things to sag.

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