Jimmy the Gent


Jimmy the Gent (1934)




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James Cagney runs a shady missing-heir tracing service, occasionally providing phony heirs in order to collect his fee. He suffers a tinge of jealousy when he takes a gander at the offices of a legitimate tracing firm, where his former girlfriend (Bette Davis) has taken a job. Jimmy soon learns that the reputable organization's boss (Alan Dinehart) is more crooked than Jimmy ever was, but he can't convince the girl of this fact. Using his own street smarts, Cagney exposes the "honest" heir tracer and agrees to go straight if his girl will come back to him. At the time Jimmy the Gent was filmed, James Cagney was getting tired of the formula pictures being handed him; rather than go on suspension, he expressed his displeasure by shaving his hair almost down to the bone, which is why he appears in this film with an uncharacteristic buzz-cut.

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James Cagney
as 'Jimmy' Corrigan
Bette Davis
as Miss Joan Martin
Arthur Hohl
as Monty Barton
Alan Dinehart
as James J. Wallingham
Phillip Reed
as Ronnie Gatson
Philip Reed
as Ronnie Gatson
Hobart Cavanaugh
as The Imposter
Mayo Methot
as Gladys Farrell
Ralf Harolde
as Hendrickson
Nora Lane
as Posy Barton
Robert Warwick
as Civil Judge
Monica Bannister
as Tea Assistant
Jay Eaton
as Young Man
Don Douglas
as Man Drinking Tea
Dennis O'Keefe
as Chester Coote
Leonard Mudie
as Man in Flower Shop
Harry Holman
as Justice of the Peace
Camille Rovelle
as File Clerk
Billy West
as Halley
Milton Kibbee
as Ambulance Driver
Eula Guy
as Nurse
Lorena Layson
as Brunette
Harold Entwistle
as Rev. Amiel Bottsford
Lester Dorr
as Chalmers
Pat Wing
as Secretary
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Jimmy is incredibly charismatic in this making the rather preposterous story work. This was early in Bette's career and while flashes of her spark shine through she looks frightful in a rigid Jean Harlow hairdo and pencil thin brows.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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it's fun but cagney is almost a parody of himself here

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Michael Curtiz does fantastic things while working within a visually restrictive story. This whole film is filled with a sense of immediacy, and the energy that it exudes is outstanding. The dialogue is witty, snappy and often very funny, and it is the predominant force that moves the picture along. Memorable performances from an excellent cast, with stand-outs from the great James Cagney and the equally great Bette Davis.

Mike T.
Mike T.

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