Review: ‘Lady Killer’

This James Cagney picture has the treat-'em-rough star drag his girl friend by the hair across the room, pitch her, emphatically through the door, climaxing with an enthusiastic sample of booting. Whole picture goes on a rampage with the you-be-damned personality that Cagney has so assiduously developed.

This James Cagney picture has the treat-’em-rough star drag his girl friend by the hair across the room, pitch her, emphatically through the door, climaxing with an enthusiastic sample of booting. Whole picture goes on a rampage with the you-be-damned personality that Cagney has so assiduously developed.

Story [The Finger Man by Rosalind Keating Shaffer] has other objectionable elements. Cagney plays an underworld crook who by accident crashes a Hollywood studio and earns his way to picture fame.

Crook angle is handled with a cheerful style of humor and there is a certain spirit about the Cagney character, played in his energetic way that carries its own persuasive charm. Comedy is first rate.

Mae Clarke does extremely well as the gang girl with Margaret Lindsay in attractive contrast in the straight role of a real picture actress.

Lady Killer

Production

Warner. Director Roy Del Ruth; Producer Henry Blanke; Screenplay Ben Markson, Lillie Hayward; Camera Tony Gaudio; Editor George Amy; Art Director Robert Haas

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 67 MIN.

With

James Cagney Mae Clarke Leslie Fenton Margaret Lindsay Henry O'Neill Willard Robertson
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