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A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 23 September 1953 (USA)
A charismatic peddler from the bayous finds his true calling in politics. Is he a demagogue in the making?

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Luther Davis (screenplay), Adria Locke Langley (from the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Hank Martin
Barbara Hale ... Verity Wade
Anne Francis ... Flamingo McManamee
Warner Anderson ... Jules Bolduc
John McIntire ... Jeb Brown
Jeanne Cagney ... Jennie Brown
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Spurge McManamee (as Lon Chaney)
Frank McHugh ... Frank Rector
Larry Keating ... Robert L. Castleberry IV
Onslow Stevens ... Guy Polli
James Millican ... Samuel T. Beach
Mickey Simpson ... Tim Peck, Blacksmith
Sara Haden ... Lula May McManamee
Ellen Corby ... Singing Woman
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Storyline

Colorful bayou peddler Hank Martin marries pretty teacher Verity, who finds that the rural poor all love Hank. Gradually, she realizes that Hank's popularity is the fruit of his expert manipulation of everyone he knows. She's further taken aback when she meets sexy swamp girl Flamingo, who considered Hank hers and is murderously jealous. Now Hank starts crusading against a crooked cotton buyer, and swiftly rises toward political power. Is there no stopping him? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Jeb Brown- his heart was too big it made an easy target See more »


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Official Sites:

WB Shop / Warner Archive

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fera See more »

Filming Locations:

Everglades, Florida, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

[end card, over the Lincoln Memorial statue] "You can fool SOME of the people ALL the time - and ALL of the people SOME of the time - but you can't fool ALL of the people ALL THE TIME." See more »

Goofs

When Hank walks back into Polli's living room after standing out in the rain, he momentarily loses his footing on the tile floor, but manages to recover. It happens a second time as he is leaving. This may not qualify as a true goof, as the slips are genuine and thus could be considered "real," but it's unusual that they did not dry him off and go for another take. See more »

Quotes

Hank Martin: Brighten up, sweet-face, brighten up, 'cause you married a winner, not a loser!
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Alternate Versions

The version first released in Australia was black and white. See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Dem Golden Slippers
Written by James Allen Bland
Played when Hank is dancing with the children
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a real lion
17 March 2011 | by argamenor2012See all my reviews

I liked this movie, but would prefer in black&white of course. colours movies are not real like b/w. I have seen this movie in 1954 at the time was 30 years old, and always remember the glorious years of Hollywood movies in b/w. even now that I have 87 old, I still prefer B/W movies in the old times. The cast maybe is not the appropriate and the dialogues are not reach enough, but all this is eclipsed with the always fantastic performance of one my favourite actors James Cagney. Raoul Walsh also one of my favourites directors do his best, considering the imposition of the producer always regarding more for the money that for art. nevertheless I have enjoy again very much this OK movie.


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