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Jimmy the Gent (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 March 1934 (USA)
An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screen play) (as Bertram Milhauser), Laird Doyle (story "The Heir Chaser") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Jimmy Corrigan
Bette Davis ... Joan Martin
Allen Jenkins ... Louie
Alan Dinehart ... Charles Wallingham
Alice White ... Mabel
Arthur Hohl ... Joe Rector
Phillip Reed ... Ronny Gatson
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Fake Worthingham
Mayo Methot ... Gladys Farrell
Renee Whitney ... Bessie - Switchboard Operator
Ralf Harolde ... Hendrickson (as Ralfe Harolde)
Merna Kennedy ... Jitters - Typist
Philip Faversham ... Intern Blair
Nora Lane ... Sarah Posy Barton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Treen ... Nurse (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Unscrupulous investigator of lost heirs Jimmy Corrigan loses his love Joan Martin to apparently upright competitor James Wallingham. He counters by adding a veneer of respectability to his own operation. Meanwhile he exposes Wallingham for a fraud. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He's the BIGGEST CHISELER since MICHAELANGELO! Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Were PIKERS compared ti this RED-HAIRED SON-OF-A-GUN!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Always a Gent See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jimmy Cagney utters the phrase, "the dirty rat", which will be used as his catch-phrase for years to come. See more »

Goofs

Wallingham's certified check is clearly dated 21 October 1933, but his steamship ticket, which he purchases afterwards, is dated 2 September 1933. See more »

Quotes

Charles Wallingham: [In a French accent] Au revoir, Cunningham.
'Jimmy' Corrigan: [In a New York accent] Fillette Mignon, Wallingham.
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Connections

Referenced in Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Down Where the Cotton Blossoms Grow
(1901) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
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Cagney has some wrong ideas about class
15 June 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This pre-code film starring James Cagney has him playing Jimmy Corrigan who is a private detective specializing in finding heirs to large fortunes. He's in competition with Alan Dinehart who calls himself a "geneologist" and has just about the same set of ethics Cagney has. The only difference is Cagney lacks the polish of Dinehart and is less a hypocrite.

Now no one ever confused James Cagney with Ronald Colman on the screen and I daresay they probably were never up for the same parts, but Cagney dumbs it down to Leo Gorcey levels in order to contrast himself with Dinehart. It's effective though.

What makes this film special is that the leading lady is Bette Davis who was a year away from finally getting Jack Warner to give her a role with substance in Of Human Bondage. Speaking of class, you can see that Ms. Davis has it in abundance and that she wasn't going to be held down with supportive leading lady roles. Later on Cagney and Davis were given The Bride Came COD when both were big box office names.

Cagney is quite the operator here and I won't tell you exactly what he does, he does bend our legal system over backwards though. And if he's not exactly reformed, he does learn the difference between class and manners.


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