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We first lay eyes on Jimmy Cagney in Jimmy Cagney while he's working as a movie theater usher. This job lasts just long enough for Jimmy to be swindled in a "badger game" orchestrated by hard-boiled Mae Clarke and a gang of crooks headed by Douglass Dumbrille. Knowing a good thing when he sees it, Cagney joins the mob, and soon is calling the shots. But though he's got larceny in his soul, Cagney draws the line at murder, and when gang member Raymond Hatton is bumped off, Cagney and Clarke board the Super Chief and head to California. With the cops laying for Cagney in LA, he's suspicious of everyone. A shifty-looking mug (William B. Davidson) takes after Cagney on the street; catching up to the winded Cagney, the mug explains that he's a movie director, and that Cagney is a perfect "type" for an upcoming prison picture. After several months as a bit player, Cagney befriends good-natured movie-star Margaret Lindsay, who encourages Cagney to seek out bigger parts. The enterprising Cagney engineers a phony fan-mail campaign encouraging the studio to give him starring roles. Though now a slick, pomaded romantic lead in pictures, Cagney is still Cagney; when a snooty critic pans Lindsay's most recent performance, Cagney forces the reviewer to literally eat his words! It must needs be that Cagney's old gang shows up in Hollywood, planning to use Cagney's influence to gain entree into movie stars' mansions, then steal their valuables. Cagney says ixnay to this, so the mob schemes to take him for a ride. Tipped off by Clarke, Cagney is able to rout the crooks, save the day, and claim Lindsay for his bride. Jimmy Cagney is vintage Cagney, throwing virtually every one of his star-making attributes (including one cute reference to his legendary "grapefruit scene" in 1931's Lindsay) into one entertaining 76-minute stew. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

James Cagney
as Don Quigley
Mae Clarke
as Myra Gale
Leslie Fenton
as Duke
Margaret Lindsay
as Lois Underwood
Henry O'Neill
as Ramick
Willard Robertson
as Conroy
Douglas Cosgrove
as Jones
Raymond Hatton
as Pete
Russell Hopton
as Smiley
Marjorie Gateson
as Mrs. Wilbur Marley
Douglas Dumbrille
as Spade Maddock
George Chandler
as George Thompson
Harry C. Bradley
as Man with Purse
Grace Hayle
as Fat Woman with Dog
Harry Strang
as Ambulance Attendant
Jack LaRue
William B. Davidson
as Williams
Luis Alberni
as Director
Sam Ash
as Hood
Herman Bing
as Western director
James Burke
as Hand-out
Spencer Charters
as L.A. Cop
Harry Holman
as J.B. Roland
Olaf Hytten
as Butler
Edwin Maxwell
as Jeffries, theater manager
Sam McDaniel
as Porter
Dewey Robinson
as Movie fan
Frank Sheridan
as Los Angeles Police Chief
Phil Tead
as Usher Sargeant Seymour
Harold Waldridge
as Letter-handler
Al Hill
as Casino Cashier
Robert E. Homans
as Jailer
Dennis O'Keefe
as Man in casino
Clarence H. Wilson
as Dan's Lawyer
James Burke
as Hand-out
Harry Strang
as Ambulance Attendant
Clarence H. Wilson
as Dan's Lawyer
Harold Waldridge
as Letter-handler
Spencer Charters
as L.A. Cop
William B. Davidson
as Williams
Al Hill
as Casino Cashier
Frank Sheridan
as Los Angeles Police Chief
Edwin Maxwell
as Jeffries, theater manager
Sam Ash
as Hood
Luis Alberni
as Director
Harry C. Bradley
as Man with Purse
Dennis O'Keefe
as Man in casino
Robert E. Homans
as Jailer
Phil Tead
as Usher Sargeant Seymour
Herman Bing
as Western director
Grace Hayle
as Fat Woman with Dog
Dewey Robinson
as Movie fan
Sam McDaniel
as Porter
Olaf Hytten
as Butler
Harry Holman
as J.B. Roland

Crew

Roy Del Ruth
Director
Henry Blanke
Producer
Lillie Hayward
Screenwriter
Ben Markson
Screenwriter
Tony Gaudio
Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
George J. Amy
Editor
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Chuck Hansen
First Assistant Director
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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