The Info List - G Men

G Men
G Men
is a 1935 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
crime film starring James Cagney, Ann Dvorak, and Margaret Lindsay, and presenting Lloyd Nolan's film debut. According to Variety, the movie was one of the top-grossing films of 1935.[2] The supporting cast features Robert Armstrong and Barton MacLane. G Men
G Men
was made as part of a deliberate attempt by the Warners to counteract what many conservative political and business leaders claimed was a disturbing trend of glorifying criminals in the early 1930s gangster film genre.[citation needed] Although the gangster films were typically presented as moral indictments of organized crime where the criminal protagonist inevitably died, they nevertheless depicted a life of freedom, power and luxury enjoyed by gangsters in the midst of a real-life economic crisis. Foremost of these films were Little Caesar, the original Scarface, and perhaps the most memorable, The Public Enemy, in which Cagney portrayed street tough Tom Powers, the role that catapulted him to stardom. What was deemed most objectionable about these films was that law enforcement was typically portrayed as either impotent in the face of crime, or, as with Public Enemy, akin to a derelict and largely absentee father shirking his duty. Based on this interpretation, G Men
G Men
supplanted the criminal protagonist with the heroic federal police officer. Most prints of this film include a brief prologue added at the beginning for the 1949 re-release (on the FBI's 25th anniversary). This scene depicts a senior agent (played by David Brian) introducing a screening of the film to a group of FBI recruits so that they may learn about the Bureau's history.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Reception 4 References

4.1 Notes 4.2 Bibliography

5 External links


Newspaper ad for G Men
G Men
making a connection between the film and real-life G Men
G Men
in the FBI, who were tracking kidnappers in the Pacific Northwest.

One year after graduation, New York City
New York City
lawyer James "Brick" Davis (James Cagney) has no clients because he refuses to compromise with his ideals and integrity. His friend Eddie Buchanan (Regis Toomey) tries to recruit him as a federal agent or "G Man" (government man), but Davis is unsure. However, when Buchanan is killed while trying to arrest a gangster, Davis changes his mind, determined to bring the killer to justice. He bids farewell to his mentor, "Mac" MacKay (William Harrigan), a mob boss who financed his education to keep Davis on the right side of the law. He bids farewell to Jean Morgan (Ann Dvorak), the star of MacKay's nightclub who has feelings for Davis. Davis travels to Washington, D.C. to begin his training. A mutual dislike forms immediately between him and his instructor, Jeff McCord (Robert Armstrong) which eventually subsides as time passes, but not before McCord openly mocks and derides Davis' attempts at training -something the Tom Powers Cagney would have never stood for. The scenes give Cagney's Davis a maturity seldom seen before in his roles, while portraying Armstrong as a bully and excessively childish. In addition, Davis is attracted to McCord's sister Kay (Margaret Lindsay) which strengthens his determination to remain passive despite McCord's efforts to rile him. Meanwhile, MacKay retires and buys a resort lodge out in the woods of Wisconsin. His men, free of his restraint, embark on a crime spree. Hamstrung by existing laws (federal agents have to get local warrants and are not even allowed to carry guns), the head of the G-Men pleads for new laws to empower his beleaguered men. They are enacted with great speed. Davis identifies one of the perpetrators, Danny Leggett (Edward Pawley), by his superstition of always wearing a gardenia. Not having completed his training, he can only give agent Hugh Farrell (Lloyd Nolan) tips on Leggett's habits. Farrell tracks down and arrests his quarry, but he and some of his men are gunned down, and Leggett escapes. McCord is put in charge of the manhunt and given his choice of five agents. He picks Davis, a decision that later pays dividends when Jean is brought in for questioning, Davis learns she is now married to Collins (Barton MacLane), one of the crooks. She inadvertently lets slip that the gang is hiding out at MacKay's lodge (against MacKay's will). In the ensuing wild shootout, Davis kills MacKay, who was being used as a human shield. Before he dies, MacKay forgives his distraught friend. Davis then tries to resign from the department but McCord talks him out of it by reminding him that McKay's death wasn't his fault and asks him to stay on. Only Collins gets away. McCord and Davis go to Jean's apartment to warn her. Jean is not there, but Collins is, and shoots at them. Davis pushes McCord out of the way and takes a bullet meant for him. Collins gets away. Davis ends up in the hospital (where Kay is a nurse) for his shoulder wound. Collins kidnaps Kay to use as a hostage. Jean finds out where he is hiding and telephones Davis, only to be shot by her husband. Davis bolts from his hospital bed, has some final words for the dying Jean, sneaks inside the garage and rescues Kay. Collins is shot to death by McCord as he tries to drive away. Kay escorts the still-bandaged Davis back to the hospital, vowing to "handle your case personally." Cast[edit]

James Cagney
James Cagney
in G Men

James Cagney
James Cagney
as James "Brick" Davis Margaret Lindsay
Margaret Lindsay
as Miss Kay McCord Ann Dvorak
Ann Dvorak
as Jean Morgan Collins Robert Armstrong as Jeffrey "Jeff" McCord Barton MacLane
Barton MacLane
as Brad Collins Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
as Hugh Farrell William Harrigan as "Mac" MacKay Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
as Gerard Edward Pawley as Danny Leggett Addison Richards
Addison Richards
as Gregory (essentially the film's Hoover) Noel Madison
Noel Madison
as Durfee Harold Huber
Harold Huber
as Venke (hoodlum in garage) Monte Blue
Monte Blue
as Fingerprint Expert Regis Toomey as Edward "Eddie" Buchanan Raymond Hatton
Raymond Hatton
as Gangster Who Delivers Warning To McCord Edwin Maxwell as Joseph Kratz Ward Bond
Ward Bond
as Gunman at Train Station

Reception[edit] In 2008, the American Film Institute
American Film Institute
nominated this film for its Top 10 Gangster Films list.[3] References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ "The Film Business in the United States and Britain during the 1930s" by John Sedgwick and Michael Pokorny, The Economic History ReviewNew Series, Vol. 58, No. 1 (Feb., 2005), pp.79-112 ^ Canning, Gregory A. (1999). ""The Moral Importance of Entertainment": Hollywood, Censorship, and Depression America, 1933-1941" (PDF). p. 135. Retrieved 2007-05-05.  ^ " AFI's 10 Top 10 Nominees" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2016-08-19. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)


Potter, Clair Bond (1998). War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men, and the Politics of Mass Culture. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2487-3.  Powers, Richard Gid (1983). G-Men: Hoover's FBI in American Popular Culture. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN 0-8093-1096-1. 

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Films directed by William Keighley

The Match King
The Match King
(1932) Ladies They Talk About
Ladies They Talk About
(1933) Easy to Love (1934) Journal of a Crime
Journal of a Crime
(1934) Big Hearted Herbert (1934) Kansas City Princess (1934) Dr. Monica (1934) Babbitt (1934) The Right to Live (1935) G Men
G Men
(1935) Mary Jane's Pa (1935) Special
Agent (1935) Stars Over Broadway (1935) The Singing Kid
The Singing Kid
(1936) Bullets or Ballots
Bullets or Ballots
(1936) The Green Pastures (1936) God's Country and the Woman
God's Country and the Woman
(1937) The Prince and the Pauper (1937) Varsity Show (1937) The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood
(1938) Valley of the Giants (1938) Secrets of an Actress (1938) Brother Rat
Brother Rat
(1938) Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939) Each Dawn I Die
Each Dawn I Die
(1939) The Fighting 69th
The Fighting 69th
(1940) Torrid Zone
Torrid Zone
(1940) No Time for Comedy
No Time for Comedy
(1940) Four Mothers
Four Mothers
(1941) The Bride Came C.O.D.
The Bride Came C.O.D.
(1941) The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) George Washington Slept Here
George Washington Slept Here
(1942) Target for Today
Target for Today
(1944) Honeymoon (1947) The Street with No Name
The Street with No Name
(1948) Rocky Mountain (1950) Close to My Heart
Close to My Heart
(1951) The Master of Ballantrae (1953)

v t e

Darryl F. Zanuck


Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
(1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(1927) The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
(1927) Tenderloin (1928) The Show of Shows
The Show of Shows
(1929) Three Faces East (1930) The Doorway to Hell
The Doorway to Hell
(1931) Little Caesar (1931) Illicit (1931) The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy
(1931) The Man Who Played God (1932) The Rich Are Always with Us
The Rich Are Always with Us
(1932) Doctor X (1932) Life Begins (1932) The Cabin in the Cotton
The Cabin in the Cotton
(1932) Three on a Match
Three on a Match
(1932) 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
20,000 Years in Sing Sing
(1932) Parachute Jumper
Parachute Jumper
(1933) 42nd Street (1933) The Working Man' (1933) Ex-Lady
(1933) The Bowery (1933) Blood Money (1933) Moulin Rouge (1934) Looking for Trouble
Looking for Trouble
(1934) Born to Be Bad (1934) Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) The Mighty Barnum (1934) Folies Bergère de Paris (1935) Les Misérables (1935) Cardinal Richelieu (1935) Call of the Wild (1935) Metropolitan (1935) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(1935) The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935) Professional Soldier (1935) The Prisoner of Shark Island
The Prisoner of Shark Island
(1936) It Had to Happen (1936) A Message to Garcia (1936) Under Two Flags (1936) The Road to Glory
The Road to Glory
(1936) Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) Sing, Baby, Sing (1936) Pigskin Parade
Pigskin Parade
(1936) Seventh Heaven (1937) Slave Ship (1937) Wee Willie Winkie (1937) Wake Up and Live (1937) Thin Ice (1937) Lancer Spy
Lancer Spy
(1937) In Old Chicago
In Old Chicago
(1937) Happy Landing (1938) International Settlement (1938) Kentucky Moonshine Always Goodbye
Always Goodbye
(1938) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938) Just Around the Corner (1938) Little Miss Broadway
Little Miss Broadway
(1938) My Lucky Star (1938) Submarine Patrol
Submarine Patrol
(1938) Jesse James (1939) Tail Spin
Tail Spin
(1939) Wife, Husband and Friend
Wife, Husband and Friend
(1939) The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
(1939) Rose of Washington Square
Rose of Washington Square
(1939) Stanley and Livingstone
Stanley and Livingstone
(1939) The Rains Came
The Rains Came
(1939) Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) Swanee River (1939) The Little Princess (1939) The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Little Old New York
Little Old New York
(1940) The Man I Married (1940) The Return of Frank James (1940) Brigham Young (1940) Down Argentine Way
Down Argentine Way
(1940) The Mark of Zorro (1940) Hudson's Bay (1941) Tobacco Road (1941) The Great American Broadcast
The Great American Broadcast
(1941) Blood and Sand (1941) A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
(1941) How Green Was My Valley (1942) Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) Sex Hygiene
Sex Hygiene
(Short) (1942) To the Shores of Tripoli
To the Shores of Tripoli
(1942) This Above All (1942) Thunder Birds (1942) The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
(1944) Wilson (1944) Winged Victory (1944) The Razor's Edge (1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Fury at Furnace Creek
Fury at Furnace Creek
(1948) The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit
(1948) Pinky (1949) Twelve O'Clock High
Twelve O'Clock High
(1949) No Way Out (1950) All About Eve
All About Eve
(1950) David and Bathsheba (1951) People Will Talk
People Will Talk
(1951) Viva Zapata!
Viva Zapata!
(1952) The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) The Egyptian (1954) The View from Pompey's Head
The View from Pompey's Head
(1955) The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) Island in the Sun (1957) The Sun Also Rises (1957) The Roots of Heaven (1958) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror
(1960) Sanctuary (1961) The Big Gamble (1961) The Longest Day (1962) The Chapman Report
The Chapman Report
(1962) The Visit (1964)


as Mark Canfield

The Desired Woman (1927) (story) Maybe It's Love
Maybe It's Love
(1930) Baby Face (1933) (story) Crack in the Mirror
Crack in the Mirror

as Melville Crossman

Tenderloin (story) (1928) State Street Sadie
State Street Sadie
(story) (1928) Thanks a Million
Thanks a Million
(story) (1935) A Yank in the R.A.F.
A Yank in the R.A.F.
(story) (1941) Thunder Birds (original story) (1942) China Girl (story) (1942) The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart
(story) (1944)

as Gregory Rogers

Find Your Man ( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1924) The Lighthouse by the Sea
The Lighthouse by the Sea
( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1924) Three Weeks in Paris (story, screenplay as Darryl Zanuck) (1925) The Midnight Taxi
The Midnight Taxi
(story) (1928)

as self

A Broadway Butterfly (1925) Red Hot Tires
Red Hot Tires
(1925) Hogan's Alley (1925) The Caveman
The Caveman
(scenario) (1926) The Little Irish Girl (adaptation) (1926) The Social Highwayman (1926) Footloose Widows
Footloose Widows
(1926) Across the Pacific (adaptation) (1926) The Better 'Ole (screenplay) (1926) Tracked by the Police
Tracked by the Police
( Rin Tin Tin
Rin Tin Tin
story) (1927) Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
(1927) The First Auto
The First Auto
(story) (1927) Good Time Charley
Good Time Charley
(story) (1927) Noah's Ark (story) (1928) My Man (story) (1928) Hardboiled Rose
Hardboiled Rose
(story) (1929) Madonna of Avenue A
Madonna of Avenue A
(story) (1929) Say It with Songs
Say It with Songs
(story) (1929) The Life of the Party (1930) Little Caesar (story – uncredited) (1931) The Dark Horse (story) (1932) Lady Killer (story – uncredited) (1933) Folies Bergère de Paris (contributing writer – uncredited) (1935) G Men
G Men
(story) (1935) This Is My Affair
This Is My Affair
(story – uncredited) (1937) Alexander's Ragtime Band (contributing writer – uncredited) (1938) The Great Profile (story – uncredited) (1940) Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Ten Gentlemen from West Point


Virginia Fox
Virginia Fox
(wife) Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
(son) Dean Zanuc