Directed by Raoul Walsh • 1932 • United States
Starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Marion Burns
Snappy dialogue, Raoul Walsh’s dynamic direction, and spirited performances from Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett make this offbeat comic treat one of the small glories of the pre-Code era. New York City cop Danny Dolan (Tracy) patrols the waterfront while falling in love with wisecracking waitress Helen Riley (Joan Bennett). Things get complicated when Danny’s investigation into a small-time gangster threatens to ensnare Helen’s sister—can he manage to both bring in his man and win over his girl?