Picture Snatcher (1933)

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Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't ... See full summary »




  • James Cagney and Cora Sue Collins in Picture Snatcher (1933)
  • Patricia Ellis in Picture Snatcher (1933)
  • James Cagney and Alice White in Picture Snatcher (1933)
  • James Cagney and Patricia Ellis in Picture Snatcher (1933)
  • James Cagney in Picture Snatcher (1933)
  • James Cagney and Ralf Harolde in Picture Snatcher (1933)

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27 September 2005 | bkoganbing
| It May Not Be Illegal, but is it legitimate?
Paroled convict James Cagney is determined not to return to a life of crime and decides to go to straight. He wants to get into journalism, but the only place that will hire him is the Graphic Record, the National Enquirer of its day. And not as a reporter, but as a picture snatcher. Now we would call Cagney a papparazzi.

Still and all it's a job and Cagney is pretty resourceful at getting sensational pictures. He photographs an electric chair execution and his ruthlessness gets his girlfriend's father in some heat. But later on he redeems himself with his knowledge of the criminal underworld.

Considering at where papparazzi are in the social pecking order these days, the viewer of Picture Snatcher is left to wonder just how legitimate Cagney has gone. Joe Pesci almost sixty years after Picture Snatcher was done did a period piece called The Public Eye which explored the same concerns. I think the viewer would like both films and Picture Snatcher if they are Cagney fans.

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