- PICTURE SNATCHER
1:15 5:55 10:35
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(Lloyd Bacon) Inspired by the famous Daily News front page of a woman frying in the electric chair, this “fast, snappy, tough” picture (Herald-Tribune) stars Jimmy Cagney as an ex-con-candid-cameraman. Approx. 77 min. 35mm.
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“The unfailing James Cagney lends his vigorous presence. This player of belligerent roles is in his element here and often his actions appear so spontaneous that they look to be thought up on the spur of the moment.”
– The New York Times
(Mervyn LeRoy) Hustling PR man Cagney enters on the run from disgruntled dance marathoners and the pace doesn’t let up through a fusillade of getrich- quick schemes. Approx. 78 min. 35mm.
“This breezy comedy is a real product of the Depression, with Cagney blustering away as the scheming promotions man ducking and diving his way from marathon dance contests, to pushing new wonder diets and making America grapefruit-conscious (an allusion perhaps to the star’s notorious fruit-in-the-face scene from The Public Enemy.”
– Time Out (London)
(Roy Del Ruth) Cagney goes from movie palace usher to con artist to movie star, but can’t seem to shake those gangster buddies. But, while eschewing grapefruits, he still gives Mae Clarke the roughhouse treatment. Approx. 76 min. 35mm.
“Cagney in comedy: a talent often forgotten when one thinks of this most energetically violent of actors… The whole film is witty and fast, hurtled along by Cagney’s stylish delivery, and offers a few sharply satirical swipes at Hollywood en route.”
– Geoff Andrew, Time Out (London)