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The Early Warners' Talkies

Saturday, September 29, 1979
3:45 p.m.
7:55 p.m.
Jimmy the Gent
Michael Curtiz (USA,1934)

Admission: $1.00

Like so many of the best Warners’ programmers, Jimmy the Gent is a bouncy comedy with a racket to expose: this time we find Jimmy Cagney engaged in the “business” of locating missing heirs to intestate legacies. Davis works for him, but leaves him for a reputable competitor (i.e. a crook with political connections) when he won’t reform his shady practices. In this early pairing, Davis and Cagney make ideal leads for a love comedy told in slangy dialogue and topical images.

• Directed by Michael Curtiz. Screenplay by Bertram Millhauser. Photographed by Ira Morgan. With James Cagney, Bette Davis, Allen Jenkins. (1934, 67 mins, Print from UA 16)