The Beast of the City (1932)

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Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.


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27 February 2008 | Michael_Elliott
Great Cast
Beast of the City, The (1932)

*** (out of 4)

MGM gangster film shown from the point of view of the police. Capt. Fitzpatrick (Walter Huston) is out to bring down gangster Sam Belmonte (Jean Hersholt) but is sold out by his brother (Wallace Ford) who has fallen for the gangster's girl (Jean Harlow). This film is certainly a lot different than the Warner gangster pictures as it doesn't glamorize the gangsters but instead puts the spotlight on the public for allowing gangs to rule the streets. Huston is his usual fiery self and both Ford and Harlow shine in their supporting roles. The subplot between Ford and Harlow is a bit weak but it leads to a highly powerful ending, which is among one of the best scenes from all the gangster films from this period.

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Trivia

This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Thursday 19 September 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Thursday 31 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), and by San Francisco 17 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); there is no reliable documentation that it was ever aired in New York City at this time, possibly because of sponsors resistance to the many pre-code aspects of its story.


Quotes

Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: How did you happen to notice me?
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: I don't know. You're not exactly a collar ad, but - say, what's your name?
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick.
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: Not Fightin' Fitz's brother?
Det. Ed Fitzpatrick: That's right.
Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont: Now I can understand - why you were so hard boiled at first.


Goofs

When Ed and Daisy are out at the club, the lamp on the table is initially to Ed's right. In the next shot, it's to his left. The position of the lamp on the table keeps changing in subsequent shots during the entire scene.


Crazy Credits

Opening card: Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant universal backing of the public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts, I am convinced that our police would stamp out the excessive crime, which had disgraced some of our great cities. ---- President Herbert Hoover


Soundtracks

Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Brahms' Lullaby)
(1868) (uncredited)
Written by
Johannes Brahms
Played as background music at the end

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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