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Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney were teamed for the only time in their careers in James Cagney. Robinson has the larger part as a small-town barber who fancies himself a big-time gambler. He travels to the Big City in the company of his younger brother Cagney, who wants to make sure that Robinson isn't fleeced by the high-rollers. Unfortunately Robinson has a weakness for beautiful blondes, most of whom take him for all his money or betray him in some other manner. The cops aren't keen on Robinson's gambling activities, but they can pin nothing on him until he accidentally kills Cagney in a fight. The incident results in a jail term for manslaughter, and a more sober-sided outlook on life for the formerly flamboyant Robinson. Watch closely in the first reel of James Cagney for an unbilled appearance by Boris Karloff as a dope pusher. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lucien Hubbard Best Original Screenplay 1930 Nominee


Edward G. Robinson
as Nick "The Barber" Venizelos
Evelyn Knapp
as Irene Graham
James Cagney
as Jack
Ralf Harolde
as Sleepy Sam
Boris Karloff
as Sport Williams
Morgan Wallace
as Prosecutor Black
Margaret Livingston
as Prosecuter's Girl
Noel Francis
as Marie
Maurice Black
as Greek Barber
Ben Taggart
as Hickory Short
Charles Lane
as Desk Clerk
Billy House
as Salesman-Gambler
Allan Lane
as A Suicide
Charles O'Malley
as Machine-Gunner
Clinton Rosemond
as George, the porter
Charlotte Merriam
as Girl at gaming table
Eddie Kane
as Tom
Paul Porcasi
as Alexander Amenoppopolus
John Larkin
as Snake Eyes
Harry Semels
as Gambler
Wallace MacDonald
as Cigar Stand Clerk
Gus Leonard
as Joe
Eulalie Jensen
as Matron
Edward Hearn
as Reporter
Mae Madison
as Small-Town Girl


Alfred E. Green
Alfred E. Green
Kubec Glasmon
Dialogue Writer
Kubec Glasmon
Screen Story
Lucien Hubbard
Screen Story
Lucien Hubbard
Dialogue Writer
John Bright
Screen Story
John Bright
Dialogue Writer
Robert Kurrle
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Killifer
Perc Westmore