G-Men

G-Men

Director: William Keighley

Cast: James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Lloyd Nolan

     
 

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G Men planted Warner Bros' "bad boy" James Cagney firmly on the side of the law, where he remained until a full-scale return to villainy in White Heat. Cagney plays a young lawyer whose education has been financed by soft-hearted racketeer See more details below

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G Men planted Warner Bros' "bad boy" James Cagney firmly on the side of the law, where he remained until a full-scale return to villainy in White Heat. Cagney plays a young lawyer whose education has been financed by soft-hearted racketeer William Harrigan. When Cagney's best pal, detective Regis Toomey, is killed in a gangland shooting, Jimmy decides to become a G-Man. Though scrupulously honest, Cagney is looked upon with suspicion by his fellow agents because of his association with the crooked Harrigan. He proves he's a "good guy" when his former girl friend Ann Dvorak, now the wife of mobster Barton MacLane, tips him off to a "Little Bohemia"-style gangster hideaway. Dvorak later sacrifices her own life to help Cagney rescue his new girl, nurse Margaret Lindsay, from the vengeful MacLane. Based on Gregory Miller's book Public Enemy No. 1, G Men was reissued in 1949, with an added prologue featuring David Brian as a FBI trainer who advises his students not to laugh at the old-fashioned costumes and slang in the 1935 film; seen today, it is Brian's superfluous opening comments that seem hopelessly dated, while the film itself is as exciting and entertaining as ever.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Former screen hoodlum James Cagney may be on the side of law and order in G-Men but he is really the same old cocky Jimmy, still refusing to take guff from anyone and still with that certain bounce in his step. And Warner Bros. certainly doesn't skimp on ammunition and falling bodies this time around either. In fact, G-Men has one of the noisiest slam-bangs of a shootout this side of Bonnie and Clyde, and with plenty of gun-molls getting in on the action to boot. Sirens are blaring and cop cruisers careen into buildings with abandon as Jimmy becomes one of J. Edgar Hoover's boys and once again leaves poor downtrodden Ann Dvorak to pick up the pieces, so to speak. Ann is eventually gunned down in cold blood by nasty gangster Barton MacLane, leaving Cagney free to take up with the more upscale Margaret Lindsay. In other words, not much has changed from the good old Pre-Code days of wanton crime and that is just as it should be.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2000
UPC:
0012569510838
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent

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Performance Credits
James Cagney James "Brick" Davis
Margaret Lindsay Kay McCord
Lloyd Nolan Hugh Farrell
Ann Dvorak Jean Morgan
Donald Smith Jeff McCord
Barton MacLane Brad Collins
William Harrigan McKay
Russell Hopton Gerard
Edward Pawley Danny Leggett
Noel Madison Durfee
Monte Blue Analyst
Regis Toomey Eddie Buchanan
Harold Huber Venke
Addison Richards Bruce Gregory
Raymond Hatton The Man
Marie Astaire Gerard's Moll
Brooks Benedict Man
Stanley Blystone Actor
Ward Bond Machine Gunners
Glen Cavender Headwaiter
George Daly Actor
Joseph DeStefani J.E. Glattner
Florence Dudley Durfee's Moll
Eddie Dunn Police Broadcaster
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Intern
Pat Flaherty Cop
James Flavin Agent
Jonathan Hale Congressman
Henry Hall Police Driver
Al Hill Hood
Perry Ivins Doctor at Store
Edward Keane Bank Cashier
Marc Lawrence Hood at Lodge
James T. Mack Agent
Frank Marlowe Hood Shot at Lodge
Edwin Maxwell Joseph Kratz
Martha Merrill Nurse
Bruce Mitchell Sergeant
Gene Morgan Lounger
Adrian Morris Accomplice
Wheeler Oakman Henchman at Lodge
Lee Phelps McCord's Aide
Frank Shannon Chief
Charles Sherlock Short Man
Gertrude Short Collins' Moll
Mary Treen Secretary
Monte Vandergrift Deputy Sheriff
Emmett Vogan Bill the Ballistics Expert
Huey White Gangster
Tom Wilson Prison Guard

Technical Credits
William Keighley Director
Bobby Connolly Choreography
Louis Edelman Producer
Sammy Fain Songwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
John Hughes Art Director
Irving Kahal Songwriter
Jack Killifer Editor
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer

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