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 character of "The Reader" is called "Herbert" by Cody in a scene in their cell and by his lawyer during a conversation in the visitors room. Yet when Evans is listening to the police radio broadcast giving the names of the convicts who escaped with Jarrett in the prison break, The Reader's name is given as "Michael Curtin". See more
[Fallon is hiding the tracking device under the phony fuel truck
What are you doin'? We're on our way.
You gotta have a chain bouncin' the ground - get rid of electricity.
That's only when you got gasoline or chemicals sloppin' around inside.
You wanna have some traffic cop think you got a load of somethin' else?
That's usin' your head, kid. All right, snap it up.
[Jarrett walks off
Five O'Clock Whistle
Music by Josef Myrow
, Kim Gannon
& Gene Irwin
Played on a radio See more