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City for Conquest (1940)

Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.

Directors:

Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco (uncredited)

Writers:

John Wexley (screen play), Aben Kandel (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Danny Kenny
Ann Sheridan ... Peggy Nash
Frank Craven ... Old Timer
Donald Crisp ... Scotty MacPherson
Frank McHugh ... 'Mutt'
Arthur Kennedy ... Eddie Kenny
George Tobias ... 'Pinky'
Jerome Cowan ... 'Dutch'
Elia Kazan ... 'Googi'
Anthony Quinn ... Murray Burns
Lee Patrick ... Gladys
Blanche Yurka ... Mrs. Nash
George Lloyd ... 'Goldie'
Joyce Compton ... Lilly
Thurston Hall ... Max Leonard
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Storyline

Cagney is Danny Kenny, a truck driver who enters "the fight game" and Sheridan plays his girlfriend, Peggy. Danny realizes success in the ring and uses his income to pay for his brother Eddie's music composition career, while Peggy goes on to become a professional dancer. When Peggy turns down Danny's marriage proposal for her dancing career, Danny, who wanted to quit the fight game, continues on & is blinded by rosin dust purposely placed on the boxing gloves of his opponent during a fight. His former manager finances a newsstand for the now semi-blind Danny. The movie ends with brother Eddie becoming a successful composer and dedicates a symphony at Carnegie Hall to his brother who listens to the concert on the radio from his newsstand. Peggy, now down on her luck, but in the audience at Carnegie, rushes to Danny at his newsstand where they reunite. The movie is based on a novel of the same name. Written by Bacardi

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A story with all the fire and fury of its two great stars!

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Drama | Music | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciudad de conquista See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner Library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

'Frank Craven''s role as the tramp who guides us through the story echoes his performance as the narrating Stage Manager in "Our Town", which he had just filmed prior to this picture. He also created the role on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

Obvious matte paintings of motionless spectators are used to simulate the back rows and upper tier of the boxing arena. See more »

Quotes

Danny Kenny: [Startled, after getting bussd on the cheek from Eddie] Say, what am I... a French general getting a medal or somethin'?
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Alternate Versions

In a part similar to his Stage Manager in "Our Town", Frank Craven appears as "Old Timer", the "host" of "City for Conquest" in a sort of Greek chorus style. As the producers of the film were of the opinion that the character's narration was unnecessary, and slowed the movie down, Craven's scenes were cut prior to the film's original release in 1940. Totaling five or so minutes of screen time, this cut material was not seen until it was restored in a 2006 DVD release. Older prints not containing this material run approximately 98 minutes; the restored print runs 104 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Powder My Back
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by the chorus girls at the Follies Burlesque
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Beautiful WB production of the 40´s
30 December 2002 | by marionaitoSee all my reviews

Beautiful WB production of the 40´s really surprised me because of its dynamic pace, excellent cinematography and wonderful performances. What could had been only a tearful melodrama is instead a very good film with a powerful script and many alluring characters. Except Cagney, who never was a great actor for me, although he gave notable performances in Yankee Doodle Dandy and White heat, and tries hard in this picture, Sheridan is much better than usual and the rest of the cast of WB supporting players is really excellent. Kennedy was always a great presence, although he never was a star, but he could easily classify among the best American character actors of all time. A very young Anthony Quinn does a good job as a dancer-seducer, and Elia Kazan in a magnificent early role as an actor gives me the impression of having serve as a model for the young Robert De Niro of Mean Streets. Also the terrific fighting scenes, though keeping the time distance, seem a true inspiration of what Scorsese reach in Raging Bull.An underrated film which deserves further recognition.


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