City for Conquest 1940

City for Conquest

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Truck driver Danny Kenny (James Cagney) gets into boxing to help his talented younger brother, Eddie (Arthur Kennedy), pay for music school. But when Danny's relationship with his girlfriend, Peggy Nash (Ann Sheridan), disintegrates, boxing becomes his life. After Danny's blows knock down opponent after opponent, he gets a shot at competing for the welterweight championship. But when a corrupt fight ends with Danny's vision getting damaged, his entire future is put into question.

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  • Jul 02, 2011
    Good film with James Cagney in the lead. A boxer who is a good man just trying to earn a living as a boxer(but retires due to partial blindness), has a close girlfriend who betrays the Cagney character and then goes back to him for forgiveness, Cagney's character--a brother who is musically talented, and the corruption of American boxing. The film drags when Cagney's character's brother plays that long orchestra concert and then makes that long speech dedicating the music to the Cagney character. That deserves to be elsewhere and it drags the picture since it is not needed. It is not needed because, in a way one of the least few characters is now focused and should be focused more on Cagney. The ending is typical Hollywood stuff but that's what audiences at that partucular time would expect, since it's a studio picture produced by Warner Bros...
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    I love these old boxer movies, Cagney is perfect for this part too. I loved this movie it's really dramatic and exciting. I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2009
    Ann Sheridan is on a quest for fame and fortune. Jimmy Cagney is on a quest for Ann Sheridan. A terrific little rags to riches to rags story replete with music and boxing and a dancing Anthony Quinn.
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  • Nov 13, 2007
    One for the sentimentalists -- like me : ) Almost an unhappy ending, but they manage to pull it out. One of Cagney's "softer" roles, demonstrating his versatility. Sheridan is okay as the love almost lost, but her energy level struggles to keep up with Cagney's. A wonderful supporting job by many, and especially so for Elia Kazan as Googie Zucco. Perhaps best of all is the remarkable soundtrack that is powerfully reminiscent of Gershwin.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer

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