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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!

Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the film, Cagney's character is offered afternoon tea in an uncomfortable social setting which shows off his lack of social graces. While sipping his tea with a bisquit, his stomach growls and gurgles gurrgles as comedic relief. The same scenario was played out in "The African Queen", when Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) has tea with Rose Water (Katherine Hepburn). See more »

Goofs

Two of the newspapers' front pages in the montage at the beginning of the film have the same headline and story of Jesse Owens choosing Ohio State University out of 28 colleges that recruited him out of high school in Cleveland. See more »

Quotes

Charles Wallingham: Please say, yes. Please. We could spend a quiet weekend together.
Miss Joan Martin: I'm afraid.
Charles Wallingham: Of what, dear?
Miss Joan Martin: That I won't make you happy.
Charles Wallingham: Oh, dearest.
Miss Joan Martin: I promise you, I'll try awfully hard.
Charles Wallingham: Sweet little idiot.
Miss Joan Martin: To make you a good wife.
Charles Wallingham: Was that your phone?
Miss Joan Martin: I didn't hear anything.
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Connections

Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) 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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Jimmy the Gent is a classic. (Why can't it be purchased?!?)
10 February 2006 | by dcliff_78See all my reviews

I have seen this unforgettable movie but once - on television - and have been trying to find a copy to buy ever since.

Such a splendid cast, with James Cagney as (cocky) 'Jimmy' Corrigan, Bette Davis as (classy) Miss Joan Martin, Allen Jenkins as (tough guy) Lou, Alan Dinehart as (smarmy) Charles Wallingham, and Alice White as (lovely) Miss Mabel

What delightful dialog. For instance, ordered to show a little class by Jimmy in his attempt to impress Miss Martin, a lady receptionist answered his phone by asking, "To whom do you wish to speak?" and then promptly blowing it with, "He ain't in."

James Cagney's menacing but humorous persona verily glowed in this movie. The mold was broken when Jimmy Cagney departed.


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