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JAMES CAGNEY IN 'THE ST. LOUIS KID' WITH ALLEN JENKINS

James Cagney in St. Louis Kid Year: 1934 Rates: ****

Great early James Cagney romp has he and glass-jaw sidekick Allen Jenkins as truck drivers going from the city into the country to deliver milk... 

And, troubled by a troubling dame and a group of protesting union farmers, Cagney's Eddie Kennedy wins over the town, mostly from a jail cell... 

Initially sentenced from a fist-fight turned headbutt, in-between getting chewed out by his truck company boss, pressuring the duo to cross union lines where the only drama's injected, including violence...

And residing in that cell (playing checkers with his jailers) he's able to sneak out at night... 

Eventually romance diner-owning ingenue Patricia Ellis, who starts out a "slappin' dame" and then, after a few bickering run-ins, taking most of the picture to warm up (although two floozies that Jenkins spends the bail on, Dorothy Dare and Gertrude Short, are a lot more fun, seeming like gangster picture b-girls only comedic)... driving her to a local dance and almost breaking into what he's second best at, THE ST. LOUIS KID is a programmer providing the young Cagney another feisty role, epitomizing the early days of this resilient little Irishman who could, would, and always did.. whatever (and whoever) he set out for. 

James Cagney in THE ST. LOUIS KID
Allen Jenkins and James Cagney in THE ST. LOUIS KID
Patricia Ellis and James Cagney in THE ST. LOUIS KID
Gerturde Short and Dorothy Dare in THE ST. LOUIS KID
Allen Jenkins and James Cagney in THE ST. LOUIS KID
Allen Jenkins and James Cagney in THE ST. LOUIS KID
Allen Jenkins and James Cagney in THE ST. LOUIS KID

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