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May 29, 2015
a bit of a propaganda film for the FBI (and a deserving one), but in hindsight, it can be heavy handed. Sill, Cagney is excellent.
½ January 28, 2015
Cagney really did have that star quality and he easily carries this exciting tale of FBI agents ('G' Men) trying to stop a ruthless bank-robbing gang. It's another variation on the "street kid turns cop" legend with Cagney being raised and having his education paid for by a notorious bootlegger who wants him to follow the straight and narrow (initially as a lawyer, but when his FBI friend gets bumped off...). Director Keighley keeps things rip-roaring, especially at the end when the G men are allowed to carry tommy guns and the whole place gets torn up. I'm sure this was a crowd pleaser in the 1930s and it's still a great romp.
December 26, 2014
A Ok. film nothing special.
October 27, 2014
I loved this 'birth of the FBI' film, with James Cagney as a law-school graduate who decides to join to avenge his killed ex-college roommate. He's outstanding, and supported by strong character actors like Robert Armstrong, Margaret Lindsay and Ann Dvorak. Exquisitely recommended.
October 18, 2014
this 1935 movie still packs a punch f.b.i. officers were called G Men James Cagney made this movie along with Margaret Lindsay and a very good supporting cast.
½ August 9, 2014
James Cagney is fabulous as a newly recruited agent in this homage to the FBI. What could have been a strictly formulaic crime movie is elevated by a really good script and wonderful performances from a well chosen cast.
February 2, 2014
G-Men is basic good guys vs. badguys, with James Cagney as a good guy this time. He's a small time lawyer who decides to join the G-Men after his friend is killed by the mafia. Cagney goes after the badguys, and he gets them in this formulaic crime action movie.
March 14, 2013
"G-Men" is directed by William Keighley and stars James Cagney as Brick Davis, an attorney whose college friend Eddie (Regis Toomey) is murdered by a mobster (Barton MacLane) while working for the Department of Justice. Brick quits lawyering and joins the FBI. When the fact that he was close friends with a mobster (who put him through law school) turns up, Brick is able to supply a lot of information to the bureau.

The action in this film is non-stop, with car chases, kidnappings, lots of shooting, and scenes at a lodge, reminiscent of a well-known real-life happening in Wisconsin.

Cagney is excellent as usual, and Barton MacLane gives a strong performance as the enemy. Lloyd Nolan, as a fellow recruit, makes his film debut.
February 12, 2013
One of James Cagney's finest hours on the silver screen!
½ August 19, 2012
"g-men" starts off strong and ends even stronger, but the middle feels like it drags and drags. i'm not exactly sure what went wrong but it doesn't feel like it was written by the same person who wrote the beginning and end.
August 14, 2012
Fine James Cagney crime drama. Cagney is one of the original G-Men, though he was raised by a crime kingpin (echoed later in "The Departed" and "Infernal Affairs"). Loads of gunplay for a classic film. An exciting and engaging film. And if you're wondering why the gangsters only use revolvers and lever-action rifles, production codes at the time forbade showing criminals on screen using Thompson Sub-Machine Guns and the like for fear it would corrupt youths.
August 14, 2012
WB's way of making gangster pics after getting flack and censors.
July 16, 2012
Good, but not great, cops vs gangsters movie, starring James Cagney. Good action, but reasonably predictable and one-dimensional. Comes across as heavy-handed and essentially an FBI propaganda film.

Still, pretty entertaining, and Cagney has some great lines.
Super Reviewer
March 21, 2012
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.
February 8, 2012
While being very much of its time, G Men is still an entertaining film for a James Cagney buff. Allegedly, this movie was made because J. Edgar Hoover openly complained about Hollywood romanticizing criminals and demanded a flick that promoted his agency. This may not be true, but the implication makes the film's plot seem markedly different.
December 9, 2011
Cagney on the other side
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Super Reviewer
December 7, 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.
December 7, 2011
James Cagney lights up the screen in G-Men! Cagney once again portraying a tough guy, this time on the right side of the law. A lawyer turned FBI agent who begins cracking down on the gangsters (roles which he is known for). Cagney as always is excellent, very inspired by J. Edgar Hoover. G Men features some good performances from the cast as well as some great gangster vs G Men shootouts. I particularly like the scenes when Cagney arrests them, it shows his determination. I also enjoyed the ending.
August 27, 2011
In the 1930s Warner Bros. mad a reputation of making some of the best crime films around, especially those that focused on gangsters. This 1935 classic directed by the highly talented noirish director William Keighley and starring the legendary James Cagney continued to improve that reputation Warner Bros. had built up to that point. But unlike previous gangster films like Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, & Scarface, it does not glorify the violent life of gangsters. Instead it focuses on the other side of the law. Despite Jimmy Cagney being on the other side of the law, he brings the same ol‚(TM) cocky screen persona that made him an instant star in The Public Enemy. Based on Gregory Miller‚(TM)s book ‚Public Enemy No. 1,‚? G-Men tells the story of the beginnings of the FBI where government agents were finally able to carry arms in order to defend themselves against these murderous hoodlums. It focuses on James ‚Brick‚? Davis (Cagney), a young lawyer whose education was funded by softhearted mob boss McKay (William Harrigan) currently preparing to give up the crime life for good. However when Davis‚(TM) best friend, detective Eddie Buchanan (Regis Toomey), is murdered in a shooting, he decides to take his late best friends advice in becoming a G-Man. Although Davis is looked at as being a very honest fellow, he is looked upon with suspicion by his peers because of his past associations. He proves his worth when his former love interest, Jean (Ann Dvorak), now the wife of mobster Brad Collins (Barton MacLane), accidentally tips him off to his hideaway. Jean sacrifices her own life to help Davis out in catching Collins and rescuing his new love interest, nurse Kay McCord (Margaret Lindsay), from him.

Cagney brings the same cockiness from his earlier gangster films to his young, former lawyer and newly turned government agent who refuses to take anything from his superiors. Like Warner Bros. earlier gangster pictures, they fill the movie with plenty of ammunition along with the bits of police procedural. One could even argue it as their most violent films of the era, one that wouldn‚(TM)t really get exceeded until later with Bonnie & Clyde. The script ‚" personally approved by founder J. Edgar Hoover himself ‚" is excellent throughout and is less predictable than many others of the same genre. Jimmy Cagney is in top form as he usually was throughout his entire career, but the supporting cast is excellent as well. Ann Dvorak and Margaret Lindsay don‚(TM)t receive as much screen time as the others but both of them shine in their few moments, particularly Ann Dvorak as Cagney‚(TM)s former love interest. But the best of all is Robert Armstrong as Jeff McCord, Cagney‚(TM)s superior. G-Men is pretty much a propaganda film to recruit new FBI agents but plays as a highly entertaining thrill ride that shows what goes on in trying to get the ‚bad guys‚?. It doesn‚(TM)t glorify the violence of the gangster lifestyle but instead shows a realistic view of the ‚right‚? side of the law. G-Men is a highly recommended film brought to us by one of the era‚(TM)s better filmmakers and one of Hollywood‚(TM)s most heralded studios. Perhaps the only thing that could have made the film any better was replacing the actor who played the main gangster with a star like George Raft or Humphrey Bogart but otherwise it‚(TM)s very much worth watching. 8/10
June 17, 2011
Time for a switch...

After playing a Gangster for the better part of four years, Cagney was allowed a curveball in 'G-Men'. Though not without a little prodding to the Warners, Jimmy turned the tables and finally portrayed the law, in one of the better F.B.I. films to this day. Breaking from his standard typecast, Cagney gets to show a little more range in a restrained lawman looking to use the law as his vehicle of payback. A great turn in a well paced and scripted film.

For Cagney fans or just old school movie lovers, bring the popcorn.
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