City for Conquest
|City for Conquest|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Anatole Litvak
Jean Negulesco (uncredited)
|Produced by||William Cagney
Hal B. Wallis (uncredited)
|Written by||Aben Kandel (novel)
John Wexley (screenplay)
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Cinematography||James Wong Howe
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
City for Conquest is a 1940 American Film Noir drama film directed by Anatole Litvak and starring James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, and Arthur Kennedy. The picture is based on the novel of the same name by Aben Kandel. The supporting cast features Anthony Quinn, Elia Kazan, Donald Crisp, Frank McHugh, Frank Craven and Lee Patrick.
Cagney plays a truck driver named Danny Kenny, who starts as a New York boxing contender. Ann Sheridan plays his girlfriend, Peggy. Being successful as a boxer, Danny decides to financially help his brother Eddie (Arthur Kennedy) to become a professional musician. Peggy on the other hand, loses her heart to Murray Burns (Anthony Quinn), a professional dancer, and she turns down Danny's proposal in order to go for a dancing career. Embittered by Peggy's refusal, Danny continues to work as a boxer and eventually gets blinded by his opponent during a fight, who has placed some rosin dust onto his gloves. Now blind, Danny works as a newspaper stand operator, while Peggy is seized with remorse after her career as a dancer had not come true. The movie ends with Eddie being a successful composer who dedicates his first major symphony at Carnegie Hall to his brother, who is listening to the concert on the radio from his newsstand.
- James Cagney as Danny Kenny
- Ann Sheridan as Peggy 'Peg' Nash
- Arthur Kennedy as Eddie Kenny
- Frank Craven as Old Timer
- Anthony Quinn as Murray Burns
- Elia Kazan as Googi Zucco
- Donald Crisp as Scotty MacPherson
- Frank McHugh as Mutt
- George Tobias as Pinky
- Jerome Cowan as Dutch
- Lee Patrick as Gladys
- Blanche Yurka as Mrs. Nash
- George Lloyd as Goldie
- Joyce Compton as Lilly
- Thurston Hall as Max Leonard
- Ben Welden as Cobb
- John Arledge as Salesman
- Ed Keane as Gaul
- Selmer Jackson as Doctor 1
- Joseph Crehan as Doctor 2
- Ward Bond as First Policeman (uncredited)
City for Conquest was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on July 18th, 2006 as a Region 1 fullscreen DVD and also on October 12th, 2010 as a part of the 'TCM Greatest Gangster Films Collection: James Cagney' with City for Conquest on the first disc of a four-disc set.
- Variety film review; September 11, 1940, page 14.
- Harrison's Reports film review; September 28, 1940, page 154.
- Timely 'I Wanted Wings' Set for Early Shooting: Retrenchment Urge On Quinn Tested for 'City' Dual Ouspenskaya Duty Bancroft in 'Daltons' 'Deerslayer' Hastened Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 27 May 1940: A10.
- City for Conquest at the Internet Movie Database
- City for Conquest at the TCM Movie Database
- City for Conquest on YouTube, "fair use" compilation (definition) from film scenes