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After being released from prison, former gangster Danny Kean (James Cagney) decides to reform, getting a job as a newspaper photographer. He falls for Patricia (Patricia Ellis), but she is the daughter of Lt. Nolan (Robert Emmett O'Connor), a policeman who knows Kean's shady past. When Kean covertly photographs an execution, Nolan gets into trouble, which pits both father and daughter against Kean. He must then use his street smarts to find a big story in order to redeem himself in their eyes.

Cast & Crew

James Cagney
Danny Kean
Patricia Ellis
Patricia "Pat" Nolan
Ralph Bellamy
J.R. "Al" McLean
Ralf Harolde
Jerry the Mug
Robert Emmett O'Connor
Lieutenant Casey Nolan
Renee Whitney
Connie Rowland
Jill Dennett
Speakeasy Girl
Billy West
Reporter Stacy
George Daly
Machine Gunner
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Critic Reviews for Picture Snatcher

All Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (1)

  • Loud, trivial, illogical comedy thrown together as an excuse for James Cagney to exhibit a series of tricks for the edification of taxi drivers, professional wrestlers, and college boys.

    June 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A rip-roaring, crackerjack, sort-of gangster picture in the best pre-code Warner Brothers tradition that has been long overlooked in favor of Cagney's more famous roles.

    June 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Like the best of these studio quickies, this one provides audiences with a little of everything, and the entertainment value is enormous.

    April 5, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Picture Snatcher

  • Apr 11, 2013
    it's all about cagney. this is what he does best
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2011
    Showing that sensationalist journalism is nothing new this breezy little number puts Cagney front and center as a con going straight even if it isn't in the most savory profession. The big difference is that Cagney is shown to have a conscience something that most of the bottom feeding slugs that invade peoples privacy today surely lack.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2010
    I really liked this movie, it combines the gangster movies with the reporter movies, and adds some romance too. It's a great combination with a great cast, with Cagney as the main character. This is an exciting, fun, romantic, and sometimes humorous movie, and I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2010
    Picture Snatcher seems to follow a trend with James Cagney movies in the 30s. He always plays an ex-con who manages to excel in whatever profession after going legit. The movie's got a fun cast, the dialogue's full of spunk and the story hints at plenty of darkness. Picture Snatcher is also a quick watch with plenty of fun moments even if its not required viewing.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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