Shake Hands With the Devil

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Sean Lenihan (James Cagney) is a medical professor at the University of Dublin and a secret commander in the Irish underground. Kerry O'Shea (Don Murray) is the student and World War I veteran whose father was a companion of Lehihan's before being killed in the struggle for Irish independence in 1921. The two combine forces as academia takes a back seat to brutal terrorism. Based on a novel by Rearden Conner.


James Cagney
as Sean Lenihan
Don Murray
as Kerry O'Shea
Glynis Johns
as Kitty Brady
Dana Wynter
as Jennifer Curtis
Sybil Thorndike
as Lady Fitzhugh
Michael Redgrave
as The General
Cyril Cusack
as Chris Noonan
Marianne Benet
as Mary Madigan
John Breslin
as McGrath
Harry Brogan
as Cassidy
Robert Brown
as Sergeant
Lewis Casson
as The Judge
John Cairney
as Mike O'Callaghan
Eileen Crowe
as Mrs. Madigan
Donal Donnelly
as Willie Cafferty
Wilfred Downing
as Tommy Connor
Eithne Dunne
as Eileen O'Leary
Richard Harris
as Terence O'Brien
William Hartnell
as Sgt. Jenkins
John Le Mesurier
as British General
Niall MacGinnis
as Michael O'Leary
Ray McAnally
as Paddy Nolan
Clive Morton
as Sir Arnold Fielding
Noel Purcell
as Liam O'Sullivan
Christopher Rhodes
as Col. Smithson
Ronald Walsh
as Sergeant
Alan White
as Capt. Fleming
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Audience Reviews for Shake Hands With the Devil

  • Mar 17, 2012
    Great acting by Cagney complimented with solid work from everyone else makes this compelling viewing. Besides showing how impassioned furor can go too far and twist good men's souls this is a tense study of a group of freedom fighters. Good use of locations and atmospheric filming add to the tone of this and make it well worth catching. One of Cagney's last films before his twenty year retirement.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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