Cody Jarrett is the sadistic leader of a ruthless gang of thieves. Afflicted by terrible headaches and fiercely devoted to his 'Ma,' Cody is a volatile, violent, and eccentric leader. Cody's top henchman wants to lead the gang and attempts to have an 'accident' happen to Cody, while he is running the gang from in jail. But Cody is saved by an undercover cop, who thereby befriends him and infiltrates the gang. Finally, the stage is set for Cody's ultimate betrayal and downfall, during a big heist at a chemical plant. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Searing the screen like the death-blast of a sub-machine gun ! ! !
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Did You Know?
If the surprise expressed by James Cagney
's fellow inmates during "the telephone game" scene in the prison dining room appears real, it's because it is. Director Raoul Walsh
didn't tell the rest of the cast what was about to happen, so Cagney's outburst caught them by surprise. In fact, Walsh himself didn't know what Cagney had planned; the scene as written wasn't working, and Cagney had an idea. He told Walsh to put the two biggest extras playing cons in the mess-hall next to him on the bench (he used their shoulders to boost himself onto the table) and to keep the cameras rolling no matter what. See more
The police, planning to travel from Los Angeles to a state prison in Illinois, would probably have planned to fly to Chicago and not Springfield. The envelope sent to Vic / Hank only says "state penitentiary, Ill.," but they probably would have been in Joliet or Pontiac, both in NE IL. See more
Made it, Ma! Top of the world!
Referenced in The Wild
Five O'Clock Whistle
Music by Josef Myrow
, Kim Gannon
& Gene Irwin
Played on a radio See more