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City Streets (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 18 April 1931 (USA)
Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison.

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Dashiell Hammett (story), Max Marcin (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... The Kid
Sylvia Sidney ... Nan Cooley
Paul Lukas ... Big Fellow Maskal
William 'Stage' Boyd ... McCoy (as William Boyd)
Wynne Gibson ... Agnes
Guy Kibbee ... Pop Cooley
Stanley Fields ... Blackie
Betty Sinclair ... Pansy
Robert Homans ... Police Inspector
Barbara Leonard ... Esther March
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Storyline

Nan, a racketeer's daughter, is in love with The Kid, a shooting gallery showman. Despite Nan's prodding, The Kid has no ambitions about joining the rackets and making enough money to support Nan in the lifestyle she's accustomed to. Her attitude changes after her father implicates her in a murder and she's sent to prison. During her incarceration, her father convinces The Kid to join the gang in order to help free Nan. When Nan is released, she wants nothing more to do with the mob and tries to get The Kid to quit, but she may be too late. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

LOVE "Takes a Ride" For Its Life! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 16 April 1931) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Streets See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Because of its age and sponsor resistance to the pre-code aspects of its story line, its first telecasts took place in Philadelphia Monday 19 October 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in New York City Monday 26 October 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), on their Monday night Late Shows, which they reserved exclusively for connoisseurs of such fine vintage celluloid. Another early airing occurred in Johnstown 15 December 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6). It was released on DVD 28 September 2016 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

Quotes

Nan Cooley: Will he really fire you?
The Kid: No - he's just like an old bull we used to have back in the ring - snorts, stamps around a lot, but he hasn't got any horns.
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Connections

Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played at the shooting gallery
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Not a Minute Wasted!
17 July 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

I thought I'd witnessed every wrinkle the crime/gangster flick had to offer, but the Garrett-Marcin-Hammett combination pull off some genuine thrills and surprises here, thanks to the inventively forceful direction by Mamoulian, the atmospheric photography by Lee Garmes, plus remarkably sharp film editing and flawless special effects. Brilliant acting helps too. Coop gives one of his most convincing performances as the reticent hayseed-turned-fearless bootlegger (the sort of character progression he was to repeat in other roles such as Sergeant York). Miss Sidney (pictured center) in her first major role is also an eye-opener. The principals receive great support from Paul Lukas, Wynne Gibson and Stanley Fields as the heavies, and even from Robert Homans' hard-as-nails detective. The movie has obviously been realized on an extensive budget which is brilliantly deployed in its realistic, crowd-filled sets.


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