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He Was Her Man (1934)

Dan Curly sends two hitmen to kill double-crossing Flicker Hayes, who retreats to a small village with ex-prostitute Rose to hide.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

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Tom Buckingham (screenplay), Niven Busch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
Joan Blondell ... Rose Lawrence
Victor Jory ... Nick Gardella
Frank Craven ... Pop Sims, aka Jim Parker
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Gardella
Harold Huber ... J.C. Ward, Curly's Hitman
Russell Hopton ... Monk, Curly's Hitman
Ralf Harolde ... Frank 'Red' Deering
John Qualen ... Dutch, Santa Avila's Cabbie
Bradley Page ... Dan 'Danny' Curly
Samuel E. Hines Samuel E. Hines ... Gassy
George Chandler ... Highway Service Station Counterman
James Eagles James Eagles ... Whitey, the Driver (as James Eagle)
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Storyline

Flicker Hayes informs the police after he sets up two men to be caught in a phony robbery attempt, because they were responsible for his going to prison. Dan Curly escapes, but the other kills a policeman and goes to the chair, so Dan wants two hitmen to get Flicker, who plans to leave the country. But he meets down-and-out Rose Lawrence, an ex-prostitute looking to hitch a ride to a small fishing village in the south to marry a Portuguese fisherman, and Flicker decides it would be a nice place to hide. After he seduces Rose, Flicker stakes her to a bus ticket and goes with her. But he's been spotted by Pop Sims, who follows them and reports Flicker's whereabouts to Dan. Meanwhile, Rose falls in love with Flicker, who is unaware that the hitmen are coming to kill him. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Without Honor See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The seventh and final film of the James Cagney/Joan Blondell partnership. The other six being Sinner's Holiday (1930), Other Men's Women (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), Blonde Crazy (1931), The Crowd Roars (1932) and Footlight Parade (1933). See more »

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Referenced in East of the River (1940) See more »

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Theme
(uncredited)
from One Way Passage (1932)
(published in 1939 as "Where Was I?")
Music by W. Franke Harling
Played during the opening photo credits and often as the love theme
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Well done somber drama.
15 September 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

There's an effortless polish to this Cagney Blondell team up unlike most of their many couplings fused with brash give an take. More subdued and perhaps worn out from life they project a restrained melancholy that informs this moody overachiever that deviates from the era's formula.

Flicker Hayes (Cagney) takes it on the lam after he sets up two of his associates during a heist. A cop is killed and one of the crooks gets the chair for it. The other puts a contract out on Hayes head who has hooked up with mail order bride Rose (Blondel) in Frisco and follows her to a sleepy fishing village in order to lay low as well as deal with his conflicted feelings about Rose. Hit men in the mean time have been dispatched to the village.

Well edited with imaginative composition director Lloyd Bacon does an excellent balancing act of keeping He was Her Man's outcome masked until the very end. Subtly and with great economy he establishes the relationship between Flicker and Rose then heightens the drama and tension by introducing a beyond decent hard working sensitive groom to be increasing the pressure on Rose.

Cagney has the usual jaunty confidence but this time withdrawn from throwing punches and spraying lead to back it up. Victor Jory's sensitive understanding fisherman gives crucial weight to the film's ability to sustain itself by being a formidable opponent to Flicker. It is Blondell though amid her predicament without resorting to hysteria in conveying a lugubrious despair along with Bacon's tempered approach that gives He was Her Man a touch of morose beauty.


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