A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
When a ronin requesting seppuku at a feudal lord's palace is told of the brutal suicide of another ronin who previously visited, he reveals how their pasts are intertwined - and in doing so challenges the clan's integrity.
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>
The car the gang uses for the train robbery at the beginning of the film is a 1947 Cadillac Fleetwood 75. Ma Jarrett, after buying strawberries, eludes the police in a 1941 Buick Special. See more »
Roughly five minutes into the movie during the train robbery, one of the robbers gets accidentally blasted in the face with steam from the locomotive. As three men pick up his body the area where the head belongs is suddenly a protruding section of metal that holds the mannequin's head in place. The body is clearly a mannequin without a head. 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]
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Alfred Hitchcock once said that you need three things in order to make a good movie : good script, good script and good script! This is a perfect example of that statement. It is as simple as that! This movie is made in 1949 and today,almost 55 years later, it still holds up and is up there with the best gangster dramas of all time. Many would disagree but frankly who cares? None of the modern gangster flicks would be the same without existence of this movie, thats for sure. The script is just great,the score is excellent and dialog is amazing!!! (try comparing it with the standards of today) Every third sentence coming out of Cody Jarretts mouth is endlessly quotable, this movie is Scarface of its time. Cagneys character in this movie is larger than life, one of the greatest gangster characters of all time... James Cagney - perhaps his greatest performance ever! I see that some fools criticize his performance,saying that it isn't great at all. My question to you is : How many movies from '40s have you seen? How wooden was the acting in those days? The answer - extremely. There were few great actors in those days, whose genius could hold up against the acting giants of today and one of them is surely James Cagney!
One of top 10-15 gangster movies of all time!
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