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Movie: Lady Killer(1934)[tt0024239] When a movie theater usher is fired, he takes up with criminals and finds himself quite adept at various illegal activities. Eventually though, the police catch up with him, and he runs to hide out in Los Angeles. There he stumbles into the movie business and soon rises to stardom. He has gone straight, but his newfound success arouses the interest of his old criminal associates, who are not above blackmail... Written byKen Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>
Title Lady Killer
Release Date 11 July 1934 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Comedy, Crime
Production Companies Warner Bros.
James Cagney
James Cagney...
Dan Quigley...
Mae Clarke
Mae Clarke...
Myra Gale...
Margaret Lindsay
Margaret Lindsay...
Lois Underwood...
Leslie Fenton
Leslie Fenton...
Duke...
Douglass Dumbrille
Douglass Dumbrille...
Spade Maddock (a...
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton...
Smiley...
Raymond Hatton
Raymond Hatton...
Pete...
Henry O'Neill
Henry O'Neill...
Ramick...
Robert Elliott
Robert Elliott...
Brannigan...
Marjorie Gateson
Marjorie Gateson...
Mrs. Wilbur Marley...
Willard Robertson
Willard Robertson...
Detective Conroy...
William B. Davidson
William B. Davidson...
Director Williams ...
Douglas Cosgrove
Douglas Cosgrove...
Detective Jones...

Reviews

secondtake on 8 July 2010
Lady Killer (1933)I love these multi-part stories, where one set of scenes shifts to a whole new set, and then they eventually intertwine. And I also love movies that show the inside of Hollywood, with actual recreations of movie sets and movie shoots.Lady Killer has both, and James Cagney, too. It's fast, furious, funny, and shot with a bright, glinting intelligence. Not quite a gangster film, it does have crime and some crooked thugs. And not quite a comedy, it pulls out quite a few laughs, mostly because Cagney is a card. There are two fabulous first ladies (and they naturally must view for our man), Mae Clark and Margaret Lindsay, and a slew of second men who hold up their characters with caricature. In all, there is no Warner message here, except maybe the virtue can sometimes prevail. It's just a lot of great scenes, witty dialog, and a play of good guys against bad guys. Look for some stunning rain scenes in California (yeah, I know), and for a huge range of interior and exterior set ups, fairly elaborate for Warner Bros. budgets. For Cagney fans, it's a riot to see him take on, briefly, a series of roles as Indian chief, Italian lover, and prisoner on work detail. The latter, of course, is close to the real roles that made him famous, and his role here is actually a little lighter than that, a bad guy who is all wisecracks and cheerfulness. Look for some insider jokes, like the poster (and mention) of the Edward G. Robinson film, and the movie ushers wearing hats all with the Warner Brothers logo on it.Great stuff. I loved it even as I knew it wasn't quite a masterpiece. Oh, and the new (2010) Warner DVD is sparkling, a first rate print!

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