A Lion Is in the Streets

A Lion Is in the Streets

James Cagney
Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: James Cagney
James Cagney
, Barbara Hale
Barbara Hale
, Anne Francis
Anne Francis
Raoul Walsh

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)



In 1945, James Cagney, through his independent production company, bought the rights to a lurid novel by Adria Locke Langley, concerning the rise of a Southern demagogue, loosely based on the political career of Huey Long. By the time the film finally went into production and was released in 1953, the film became an also-ran, trailing behind Robert Rossen's Oscar-winning production All the King's Men, which concerned the same subject. The film, directed by Raoul Walsh, never escapes from the towering shadows of the Rossen film, so it becomes, in the end, a matter of preference for the lead character -- whether one prefers the looming intimidation of Broderick Crawford or the brisk pugnacity of James Cagney. Cagney plays swamp peddler Hank Martin, who tries to ride into the governor's mansion in a backroad Southern state by making a crusade out of the plight of the poor and impoverished majority of the state. He begins his political assent by leading a sharecropper's revolt against the rip-offs the sharecroppers are receiving at the local cotton mill. But things become more intense and Hank Martin sows the seeds of his own destruction when he makes a deal with a local, crooked political boss in order to get ahead in his political career.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316127018
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:28:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Hank Martin
Barbara Hale Verity Wade
Anne Francis Flamingo
Warner Anderson Jules Bolduc
John McIntire Jeb Brown
Jeanne Cagney Jennie Brown
Lon Chaney Spurge
Frank McHugh Rector
Larry Keating Robert J. Castelberry
Onslow Stevens Guy Polli
James Millican Mr. Beach
Mickey Simpson Tim Beck
Sara Haden Lulu May
Ellen Corby Singing Woman
James Griffith Mayor's Clerk
Henry Kulky Polli's Butler
Sam McDaniel Moses, Bolduc's Butler
William "Bill" Phillips Deputy Lewis
Fay Roope Gov. Snowden
Roland Winters Prosecutor
Burt Mustin Smith
Irene Tedrow Sophy
Sarah Selby Townswoman

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
George J. Amy Editor
William Cagney Producer
Roscoe S. Cline Special Effects
Luther Davis Screenwriter
Wiard Ihnen Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
William Kissell Art Director
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Otis Malcolm Makeup
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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