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Jimmy the Gent Details


James Cagney runs a shady missing-heir tracing service, occasionally providing phony heirs in order to collect his fee. He suffers a tinge of jealousy when he takes a gander at the offices of a legitimate tracing firm, where his former girlfriend (Bette Davis) has taken a job. Jimmy soon learns that the reputable organization's boss (Alan Dinehart) is more crooked than Jimmy ever was, but he can't convince the girl of this fact. Using his own street smarts, Cagney exposes the "honest" heir tracer and agrees to go straight if his girl will come back to him. At the time Jimmy the Gent was filmed, James Cagney was getting tired of the formula pictures being handed him; rather than go on suspension, he expressed his displeasure by shaving his hair almost down to the bone, which is why he appears in this film with an uncharacteristic buzz-cut. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


James Cagney
as Jimmy Corrigan
Bette Davis
as Joan Martin
Alice White
as Mabel
Allen Jenkins
as Louis
Alan Dinehart
as James J. Wallingham
Arthur Hohl
as Joe Rector
Phillip Reed
as Ronnie Gatson
Hobart Cavanaugh
as The Imposter
Mayo Methot
as Gladys Farrell
Ralf Harolde
as Hendrickson
Nora Lane
as Posy Barton
Donald Douglas
as Man Drinking Tea
Harry Holman
as Justice of the Peace
Eula Guy
as Nurse
Renee Whitney
as Bessie
Ben Hendricks, Jr.
as Ferris
Jay Eaton
as Young Man
Juliet Ware
as Viola
Leonard Mudie
as Man in Flower Shop
Robert E. Homans
as Irish Cop
Dennis O'Keefe
as Chester Coote
Joseph Crehan
as Judge
Lester Dorr
as Chalmers
Howard Hickman
as Doctor
Lee Moran
as Stew
Robert Warwick
as Civil Judge
Harry Wallace
as Eddie
Olaf Hytten
Milt Kibbee
as Ambulance Driver
Harold Entwistle
as Rev. Amiel Bottsford
Joe Sawyer
as Mike


Michael Curtiz
Robert Lord
Ray Nazarro
Screen Story
Laird Doyle
Screen Story
Bertram Millhauser
Ira Morgan
Esdras Hartley
Art Director
Costume Designer
Orry Kelly
Costume Designer
Perc Westmore
Leo F. Forbstein