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Directed by Roy Del Ruth • 1931 • United States
Starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Noel Francis
James Cagney and Joan Blondell match wits in one of the finest of their delightfully risqué early-1930s pairings. He’s a conniving bellhop and she’s a saucy chambermaid who join forces to fleece a jewelry salesman, then take their con to the Big Apple. Pre-Code workhorse Roy Del Ruth directs with plenty of zip and innuendo, while Cagney fires off one of his most oft-imitated lines: “That dirty, double-crossin’ rat!”