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James Cagney manages to retain his pre-Code cockiness within post-Code limitations in the likeable St. Louis Kid. Cagney and Allen Jenkins, Eddie Kennedy, and Buck Willetts play long-distance truck drivers who get entangled in a battle between a crooked trucking firm and striking milk farmers (a plot thread based on actual events). When one of the dairymen is killed by a hired goon, Eddie is accused of the crime. He breaks out of jail to track down the real killer then has to rescue his girlfriend Ann (Patricia Ellis), who's been kidnapped by henchmen of the truck company. It takes a bit of clever brainwork between Eddie and Buck, but our hero manages to flummox the bad guys and rescue the girl. James Cagney's sheer star power is such that the audience is willing to forgive the fact that, in the early passages of the film, his character is nothing more or less than a "scab." St. Louis Kid is the picture in which Cagney, tired of playing characters who settle differences with their fists, hit upon the novel idea of incapacitating his screen rivals by butting his forehead against theirs, knocking them cold without laying a hand on them! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

James Cagney
as Eddie Kennedy
Patricia Ellis
as Ann Reid
Allen Jenkins
as Buck Willetts
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Richardson
Spencer Charters
as Merseldopp
Addison Richards
as Brown
Dorothy Dare
as Gracie
Arthur Aylesworth
as Judge Jones
Charles Wilson
as Harris
Harry Woods
as Louie
Gertrude Short
as The Girlfriend
Edna Bennett
as Flora
Wade Boteler
as Sergeant
James P. Burtis
as Detective
Clay Clement
as Man
Douglas Cosgrove
as Prosecutor
William B. Davidson
as Joe Hunter
Eddie Fetherstone
Nan Grey
as First Girl
Virginia Grey
as Second Girl
Ben Hendricks, Jr.
as Motor Cop
Russell Hicks
as Gorman
Milt Kibbee
as Paymaster
Wilfred Lucas
as Policeman
Charles B. Middleton
as Sheriff
Bruce Mitchell
as Cop
Lee Phelps
as Farmer
Rosalie Roy
as Girl
Cliff Saum
as Cop
Mary Treen
as Giddy Girl
Harry Tyler
as Mike
Guy Usher
as Sergeant
Edna Bennett
as Flora
Cliff Saum
as Cop
Clay Clement
as Man
Douglas Cosgrove
as Prosecutor
Harry Tyler
as Mike
Lee Phelps
as Farmer
Mary Treen
as Giddy Girl
Milt Kibbee
as Paymaster
Rosalie Roy
as Girl
Russell Hicks
as Gorman
Nan Grey
as First Girl
Bruce Mitchell
as Cop
William B. Davidson
as Joe Hunter
Charles B. Middleton
as Sheriff
Ben Hendricks, Jr.
as Motor Cop
Wilfred Lucas
as Policeman
Virginia Grey
as Second Girl
James P. Burtis
as Detective
Wade Boteler
as Sergeant

Crew

Ray Enright
Director
Sam Bischoff
Producer
Warren B. Duff
Screenwriter
Seton Miller
Screenwriter
Sidney Hickox
Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Clarence Kolster
Editor
Jack Okey
Art Director
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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