“Mind if I ask you some questions?”
Police Captain Jim Fitzpatrick (Walter Huston) is determined to nab crime boss Sam Belmonte (Jean Hersholt), but finds his loyalties tested when his detective brother (Wallace Ford) betrays the force for a beautiful moll (Jean Harlow).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Jean Harlow Films
- Mickey Rooney Films
- Walter Huston Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary points out, this “tribute to the honest cop” — a “super early crime drama” — is “sharply written”, “forcefully directed”, “briskly paced”, and contains a truly “startling finale”. It’s an excellent example of pre-Hays-Code filmmaking, with Harlow and Ford sitting on a (full-sized!) bed together, and much of Harlow’s dialogue highly suggestive. While the ending is melodramatic and rather unrealistic, it neatly wraps up what is essentially a morality tale in noir clothing.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Jean Harlow’s sexy, strong performance as wise-cracking Daisy
- Exciting action sequences
- Mickey Rooney in an early role as Fitzpatrick’s son, “Mickey”
- Edward Brophy’s over-the-top courtroom performance
- Smart dialogue
Yes. This early crime drama deserves wider recognition.