The St. Louis Kid

The St. Louis Kid

Director: Ray Enright Cast: James Cagney, Patricia Ellis, Allen Jenkins

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Overview

James Cagney manages to retain his pre-Code cockiness within post-Code limitations in the likeable St. Louis Kid. Cagney and Allen Jenkins, Eddie Kennedy, and Buck Willetts play long-distance truck drivers who get entangled in a battle between a crooked trucking firm and striking milk farmers (a plot thread based on actual events). When one of the dairymen is killed by a hired goon, Eddie is accused of the crime. He breaks out of jail to track down the real killer then has to rescue his girlfriend Ann (Patricia Ellis), who's been kidnapped by henchmen of the truck company. It takes a bit of clever brainwork between Eddie and Buck, but our hero manages to flummox the bad guys and rescue the girl. James Cagney's sheer star power is such that the audience is willing to forgive the fact that, in the early passages of the film, his character is nothing more or less than a "scab." St. Louis Kid is the picture in which Cagney, tired of playing characters who settle differences with their fists, hit upon the novel idea of incapacitating his screen rivals by butting his forehead against theirs, knocking them cold without laying a hand on them!

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
UPC: 0888574087081
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:07:00
Sales rank: 12,563

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Eddie Kennedy
Patricia Ellis Ann Reid
Allen Jenkins Buck Willetts
Robert H. Barrat Farmer Benson
Hobart Cavanaugh Richardson
Spencer Charters Merseldopp
Addison Richards Brown
Dorothy Dare Gracie
Arthur Aylesworth Judge Jones
Charles Wilson Harris
Harry Woods Louie
Gertrude Short The Girlfriend
Eddie Shubert Pete
Joan Barclay Actor
Edna Bennett Flora
Wade Boteler Sergeant
James P. Burtis Detective
Jack Cheatham Deputie
Clay Clement Man
Douglas Cosgrove Prosecutor
William B. Davidson Joe Hunter
Frank Fanning Actor
Eddie Fetherstone Actor
Nan Grey First Girl
Virginia Grey Second Girl
Ben Hendricks Motor Cop
Russell Hicks Gorman
Milt Kibbee Paymaster
Wilfred Lucas Policeman
Stanley Mack Driver
Alice Marr Secretary
Martha Merrill Third Girl
Charles B. Middleton Sheriff
Bruce Mitchell Cop
Lee Phelps Farmer
Rosalie Roy Girl
Mary Russell Office Girl
Cliff Saum Cop
Louise Seidel Girl in Car
Mary Treen Giddy Girl
Harry Tyler Mike
Guy Usher Sergeant
Monte Vandergrift Actor
Victoria Vinton Secretary
Tom Wilson Cook
Grover Liggon Attendant
Frank Bull Broadcast Officer

Technical Credits
Ray Enright Director
Sam Bischoff Producer
Warren B. Duff Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Clarence Kolster Editor
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Jack Okey Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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