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Jimmy the Gent (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 March 1934 (USA)
An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screen play) (as Bertram Milhauser), Laird Doyle (story "The Heir Chaser") | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Jimmy Corrigan
Bette Davis ... Joan Martin
Allen Jenkins ... Louie
Alan Dinehart ... Charles Wallingham
Alice White ... Mabel
Arthur Hohl ... Joe Rector
Phillip Reed ... Ronny Gatson
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Fake Worthingham
Mayo Methot ... Gladys Farrell
Renee Whitney ... Bessie - Switchboard Operator
Ralf Harolde ... Hendrickson (as Ralfe Harolde)
Merna Kennedy ... Jitters - Typist
Philip Faversham ... Intern Blair
Nora Lane ... Sarah Posy Barton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Treen ... Nurse (scenes deleted)
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Unscrupulous investigator of lost heirs Jimmy Corrigan loses his love Joan Martin to apparently upright competitor James Wallingham. He counters by adding a veneer of respectability to his own operation. Meanwhile he exposes Wallingham for a fraud. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He's the BIGGEST CHISELER since MICHAELANGELO! Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Were PIKERS compared ti this RED-HAIRED SON-OF-A-GUN!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

During the film, Cagney's character is offered afternoon tea in an uncomfortable social setting which shows off his lack of social graces. While sipping his tea with a bisquit, his stomach growls and gurgles gurrgles as comedic relief. The same scenario was played out in "The African Queen", when Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) has tea with Rose Water (Katherine Hepburn). See more »

Goofs

Two of the newspapers' front pages in the montage at the beginning of the film have the same headline and story of Jesse Owens choosing Ohio State University out of 28 colleges that recruited him out of high school in Cleveland. See more »

Quotes

'Jimmy' Corrigan: That's cheaper than payin' off all them nurses and interns in Emergency, ain't it?
Lou: Swell! Now, if they could only do that all around, we could let some of them mugs go we got workin' for us.
'Jimmy' Corrigan: What! And throw all them nice boys we got workin' for us out of work? What becomes of the NRA? What becomes of liberty? What becomes of democracy?
Lou: Boy, you're a Prince.
'Jimmy' Corrigan: Nah! Just doin' my part, that's all.
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Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night
(1853) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Hobart Cavanaugh and Eddie Shubert
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Breezy and predictable--but still a lot of fun
25 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Aesthetically speaking, this is a pretty average Jimmy Cagney film. It stars Cagney as the pretty typical fast-talking but likable schemer and Bette Davis in a rather forgettable role she probably detested. Miss Davis reportedly liked Cagney but longed for roles where she was more than just "the girlfriend". In this film she is slightly more, as she's bright and pretty assertive, but once again it was the type of role that would neither hurt nor help her career to get to the next level. She was quite good in the film, but indications of her future greatness just aren't all that obvious.

However, despite the film's averageness and Miss Davis' limited character and the film only earning a 6, I actually enjoyed the film quite a bit. It's exactly the type of formulaic Warner Brothers film I enjoy and I try to see every Cagney, Pat O'Brien or Edward G. Robinson film of this era I can find because they are just a lot of fun to watch. Yes, they are rather predictable, but somehow Warner still made the characters likable and compelling. In this case, Cagney plays his typical guy skirting the edges of larceny in the form of a guy running a company that seeks out lost relatives to inherit fortunes. I also thought that juxtaposing this unsophisticated lout of a character with the classy charmer who is wooing Bette was an excellent move--particularly in how this played out in the end.

A typical Cangey film with some very unusual plot elements and twists, this movie is just plain fun.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Always a Gent See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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