- Jimmy the Gent (film)
name = Jimmy the Gent
caption = Original advertisement
producer = Robert Lord
Hal B. Wallis Jack L. Warner
Laird Doyle (story)
James Cagney Bette Davis Allen Jenkins Alan Dinehart
music = Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
cinematography =Ira H. Morgan
editing = Thomas Richards
March 17 1934
runtime = 67 minutes
language = English
country = USA
amg_id = 1:97192
imdb_id = 0025330
"Jimmy the Gent" is a 1934 American comedy-
drama filmdirected by Michael Curtizand starring James Cagneyand Bette Davis. The screenplayby Bertram Millhauserwas based on "The Heir Chaser" by Ray Nazarroand Laird Doyle.
Prior to its release, the film was titled "Blondes and Bonds" and then "Heir Chaser". [ [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/title.jsp?stid=242 "Jimmy the Gent" at Turner Classic Movies] ] It was the first pairing of Cagney and Davis, who would reunite for "
The Bride Came C.O.D." seven years later.
The farcical plot of the
Warner Bros.release focuses on the unscrupulous Jimmy Corrigan (Cagney), who runs an agency that searches for heirs of those who have died without leaving a will and often provides phony claimants in order to collect his fee. When his former girlfriend Joan Martin (Davis), who left him to due his lack of ethics, accepts a position at the allegedly legitimate firm owned by Charles Wallingham ( Alan Dinehart), Corrigan investigates Wallingham's background and discovers his rival is even more duplicitous than he is. He exposes him for the phony he is and promises to go straight if Joan will come back to him.
James Cagneyas Jimmy Corrigan
Bette Davisas Joan Martin
Allen Jenkinsas Lou
Alan Dinehartas Charles Wallingham
Alice Whiteas Mabel
Arthur Hohlas Monty Barton
Hobart Cavanaughas Fake Worthingham
Mayo Methotas Gladys Farrell
In his review in the "
New York Times", Mordaunt Hall described the film as "a brisk, slangy piece of work in which Mr. Cagney is as much of a pepper-pot as ever . . . [he] tackles the barbed argot of his lines with speed and force . . . Bette Davis is attractive and capable as Joan." [ [http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9806EFDE173CE733A25755C2A9659C946594D6CF "New York Times" review] ]
"Variety" said, "Jimmy the Gent" . . . [is] expert, thorough-going, typically Cagney . . . and good for plenty of laughs." [ [http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117792152.html?categoryid=31&cs=1 "Variety" review] ]
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