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What does it say about the Depression that films from this era so often had scenarios where one could get rich quick, and in some highly improbable way? Maybe itâ(TM)s like the lotto fantasy of todayâ(TM)s world of wealth disparity, and the more we see these types of schemes, the bigger underlying problem we have. Anyway. In this one, the premise is a pair of rival companies of â~genealogistsâ(TM) who take advantage of cases where a rich person dies suddenly and without a will, finding their heirs for a cut or producing phony ones. Rich people die without wills all the time right?
James Cagney plays the leader of one of the firms, and Alan Dinehart the other. Bette Davis is Dinehartâ(TM)s main assistant, having worked for Cagney before and leaving him for a lack of ethics. He protests, saying that all businessmen are crooked, and that âthere's only two kinds of guys in business - those who get caught and those who don't!â? Itâ(TM)s a cynical view, but perhaps justified, especially in times when unchecked capitalism and corporate greed lets us down. Regardless, the two are an interesting contrast; Cagney is coarse and slaps his assistant (Allen Jenkins) around, whereas Dinehart is refined and serves proper English tea in the office. The premise is silly, but the way Cagney plays his con is clever. It involves a character played by Alice White and I was happy to see her, but itâ(TM)s unfortunate she was so ditzy. Bette Davis is sharp and engaging though, and more than makes up for this, and at the end of the day, there is more than enough charm in seeing her and Cagney in this minor film of theirs to make it interesting.
Jimmy the Gent is a decent film. It is about an unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects the ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart. James Cagney and Bette Davis give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Michael Curtiz did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the humor and drama.
Loved the snappy dialogue and all the 30's slang! Cagney and Davis were a delight. (And I didn't expect to like it.)
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.
it's fun but cagney is almost a parody of himself here
Cagney brings his usual electricity to the story of Jimmy Corrigan, the head of a sketchy heir-tracing firm - who'll manufacture a relative to get the inheritance if a real one can't be found. Jimmy's losing his gal Joan (a lovely Bette Davis) to a more polished rival (Alan Dinehart), so it takes all his cunning to wriggle though the rules and get her back. Great dialogue in Bertram Millhauser's script, snappy direction from Cutiz, and fun supporting performances from Allen Jenkins, Alice White and Arthur Hohl.
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.
Anything with James Cagney, Bette Davis and directed by Michael Curtiz could not possible be bad, and it isn't. Although not a major movie in 1934, it is fast paced and fun. The cast does well. Bette Davis has never made anything that was not good. It's a very entertaining movie. James Cagney runs a missing heir chasing business, often producing fake heirs so he can get paid. Bette Davis works for a legitimate rival company and happens to be Cagney's ex-girlfriend.The sparks fly when Cagney starts investigating the company Davis works for. Cagney's buzz cut was his way of protesting the studio type casting him in formula films.
This is a really wonderful, underseen film. Cagney gives a really good performance, and he and Davis are a perfect match.
This was really funny and not as well known. Cagney was so young! Loved it!