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Picture Snatcher

Released Apr 26, 1933 1h 16m Drama List
Reviews 64% Audience Score 100+ Ratings After being released from prison, former gangster Danny Kean (James Cagney) decides to reform, getting a job as a newspaper photographer. He falls for Patricia (Patricia Ellis), but she is the daughter of Lt. Nolan (Robert Emmett O'Connor), a policeman who knows Kean's shady past. When Kean covertly photographs an execution, Nolan gets into trouble, which pits both father and daughter against Kean. He must then use his street smarts to find a big story in order to redeem himself in their eyes. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Pare Lorentz Vanity Fair Loud, trivial, illogical comedy thrown together as an excuse for James Cagney to exhibit a series of tricks for the edification of taxi drivers, professional wrestlers, and college boys. Jun 14, 2019 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row A rip-roaring, crackerjack, sort-of gangster picture in the best pre-code Warner Brothers tradition that has been long overlooked in favor of Cagney's more famous roles. Rated: 3/4 Jun 3, 2019 Full Review David Cornelius DVDTalk.com Like the best of these studio quickies, this one provides audiences with a little of everything, and the entertainment value is enormous. Rated: 4.5/5 Apr 5, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member good pre-code actioner Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member As an ex-gangster trying to go straight in the newspaper biz, Cagney delivers another bold performance -- which is the main recommendation for 'Picture Snatcher'. Aside from its tabloid journalism hook, this is a pretty paint-by-numbers crime pic. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member it's all about cagney. this is what he does best Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Cagney steals the show yet again with a fantastic performance. Unfortunately, the film's plot was poorly designed (like many movies of the era): the plot doesn't know exactly where to go, so it goes too many places. If nothing else, entertaining. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member A great energetic performance from James Cagney as an ex-con gangster who decides to go 'legit' by becoming a tabloid paper photographer. With his wits and connections, he is able to get in and around the places that other papers would never dare. At a fast paced 76 minute runtime, it's pretty amazing what they got crammed into the plot, but that's what they did best back in those days. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I watched this film for the first time yesterday. It's a film that I think all of you guys will enjoy. James Cagney is a sure delight in this role...Njoy!!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After being released from prison, former gangster Danny Kean (James Cagney) decides to reform, getting a job as a newspaper photographer. He falls for Patricia (Patricia Ellis), but she is the daughter of Lt. Nolan (Robert Emmett O'Connor), a policeman who knows Kean's shady past. When Kean covertly photographs an execution, Nolan gets into trouble, which pits both father and daughter against Kean. He must then use his street smarts to find a big story in order to redeem himself in their eyes.
Director
Lloyd Bacon
Producer
Raymond Griffith
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 26, 1933, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 1, 2012
Runtime
1h 16m
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