Lady Killer (1933)

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Movie Info

In this film, Jimmy Cagney stars as a movie theater usher. This job lasts just long enough for Jimmy to be swindled in a "badger game" orchestrated by hard-boiled Mae Clarke. Cagney joins the mob and soon is calling the shots. However, Cagney draws the line at murder.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Markson, Lillie Hayward
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2008
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Dan Quigley

as Lois Underwood

as Myra Gale

as Ramick

as Mrs. Wilbur Marley

as Brannigan

as Kendall

as Spade Maddock

as George Thompson

as The Escort

as Oriental

as Los Angeles Police C...

as Jeffries, theater ma...

as Usher Sargeant Seymo...

as Movie fan

as Man with Purse

as J.B. Roland

as Dr. Crane

as Ambulance Attendant

as Casino Cashier

as Man in casino

as Hand-out

as Dan's Lawyer

as Los Angeles Cop

as Western director

as Letter-handler

as Director

as Property Man

as Hood

as Fat Woman with Dog

as Dan's Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for Lady Killer

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A fully satisfying, if totally manic, joyride.

Full Review… | April 5, 2008
DVDTalk.com

Cagney is his usual cocky screen self in Lady Killer, a movie that starts light and gets even lighter as it goes along.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Movie Metropolis

A crisp James Cagney comedy vehicle.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Lady Killer

A very funny pre-code movie with a great performance from Cagney. If you're a fan of his, don't miss this movie.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

Lady Killer is either a comedy that wants to be a gangster picture or a gangster picture that wants to be a comedy. It never really executes the combination of the two smoothly and the best you really get is a mess with a handful of amusing moments--one of which features monkeys trashing a party. James Cagney definitely has fun with the comedic side of the role while taking breaks playing his trademarked tough guy persona by giving Mae Clarke and arguably deserved tough time. The rest of the cast kind of falls to the wayside but even if you're not impressed, all you lost out on is an hour and 15 minutes of your life.

mjgildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

james cagney teams up with his "public enemy" costar mae clarke, the wretched woman who gets slapped with a grapefruit by cagney, in the gangster slapstick"lady killer". conventionally, hollywood favors to categorize women into the dichotomy. since clarke is the bandit moll who doublecrosses cagney, magret lindsay would be the mighty dame with heart of gold to accompany cagney thru the odds.

cagney plays a regular sap who encounters the bandit moll mae clarke who literally makes a living by deceiving men into her apartment's gambling racket. then cagney robs the joint as his own to make big dough, but ill-fatedly the gang gets caught by police due to misfire. consequentially cagney elopes with clarke to california, but their escape still leads to jail. and clarke cheats his five grands instead of bailing him out. later cagney gets spotted by film studio due to his vagabond rough looks, so he becomes a hollywood starlet who romances margaret lindsay (cagney's costar in "g men", the typecasting of flat good girl)...somehow his former gang schemes to trap him into the new racket...so how shall cagney untangle the mess and comes off clean?

chauvinism seems unavoidable in the genre of gangsterism, particularly when it meets the magnitude of jimmy cagney who brazenly bares his misogynistic contempt thru domestic violence which was embraced with wholehearted welcome by the audience in the 30s. here cagney's character even drags mae clarke's hair then tosses her outside the door. clarke has been provided with more chances to demonstrate her sex appeal in this one but tragically she still falls as the prey of masculine abuse just like "public enemey" to form a demeaning but titillating effect to the audience.

the production of "lady killer" seems crude as the vehicle for cagney, it's like the studio predicts that audience would go for any crap made of the public enemy persona, so this time they manufacture another version of cagney going legitimate as the conformed actor with a laughable mustache which apparently attempts to parody the mgm male stars. it contains every idiosyncratic cliche (or vice?) of the 1930s cinema, such as sexism, slumming, racketeering, hoodlum into nouveau riche...etc. it would probably takes a fan of cagney or an ardent admirer for the 30s like myself to appreciate "lady killer".

dietmountaindew
Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

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