City for Conquest

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City for Conquest
City for Conquest poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anatole Litvak
Jean Negulesco (uncredited)
Produced by William Cagney
Anatole Litvak
Hal B. Wallis (uncredited)
Written by Aben Kandel (novel)
John Wexley (screenplay)
Starring James Cagney
Ann Sheridan
Arthur Kennedy
Frank Craven
Anthony Quinn
Elia Kazan
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Sol Polito
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • September 21, 1940 (1940-09-21)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

City for Conquest is a 1940 American drama film directed by Anatole Litvak, starring James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, and Arthur Kennedy.[1][2] The picture is based on the novel of the same name by Aben Kandel.

Plot[edit]

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 partly 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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

George Raft was meant to appear opposite Cagney but was unable due to scheduling reasons.[3]

The tramp who "hosts" the film is played by Frank Craven as a sort of parody of his role as The Stage Manager in Our Town, which he had filmed just prior to this picture.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Variety film review; September 11, 1940, page 14.
  2. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; September 28, 1940, page 154.
  3. ^ 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.

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