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Brick Davis (James Cagney) is a New York City lawyer who is supported by a local mobster, "Mac" MacKay (William Harrigan). Despite this crooked backing, Davis is doing his best to build an honest law practice. When Davis' buddy, a federal agent or "G-man," is killed by gangsters, Davis decides to go to Washington and take up the badge himself in order to bring a career criminal to justice. Relying on a tip-off from his former flame, Jean (Ann Dvorak), Davis tracks down the criminal.

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  • Dec 07, 2011
    One of actor's James Cagney and director William Keighley's best film. The film's attempt to counteract what many conservative political and business leaders claimed was a disturbing trend of glorifying criminals in the early 1930s gangster film genre. So in a way "G Men" (Government Man) is almost a watershed for the gangster pictures as was "Wizard Of Oz" was to the musicals. I admired the tough flat out dialogue and Cagney's performance as the government man breaking all the rules into bringing justice. There is romance too but it is not important but the violence is well directed and moves by fast and earned it's code by the MPAA and I admired the relationship between Cagney and Armstrong. After watching "G Men" it's what I call a first rate picture.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2011
    You could easily write this off as being a piece of propaganda/an FBI recruitment film, which is basically is. But it's also just a straight forward, traditional, albeit formulaic ansd predictable crime caper following the exploits of federal agents, or G Men as they strive to bring the major criminals across the country to justice. It's an enjoyable film, sure, but I wouldn't really call it all that great or distinguished. It's not bad, but I don't think it's all that special either. It does feature James Cagney playing a good guy for once, which is cool, but as I said, this is a very typical genre film. The performances are decent though, especially Cagney, and there's a decent amount of humor and some faily decent action, too. All in all, an unremarkable film, but still slightly better than average. I don't fully recommend it, but I'm not saying avoid it either.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2008
    The film is dated but entertaining. Jimmy's on the right side of the law this time and as nimble as ever and the fantastic Ann Dvorak is wonderful in the smaller of the two women's roles. However Margaret Lindsay is terrible and arch as the female lead.
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  • Feb 01, 2008
    this is my second time to watch this film. The first time was like 15 years ago. This is just a great little story about early history of the FBI. Cagney as a cop is just as charming as Cagney as a Gangster. But when you really think about it when wasn't Cagney charming.
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