City Streets

City Streets

Gary Cooper
Director: Rouben Mamoulian Cast: Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
, Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney
, Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
Rouben Mamoulian


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Never one to hide his talent under a bushel basket, director Rouben Mamoulien proudly proclaimed that, while there were ten killings in his 1931 gangster drama City Streets, the audience never sees any of them. This was not the only innovation in this fascinating early talkie, in which straight-arrow movie hero Gary Cooper is cast as a racketeer known only as The Kid. He has chosen a life of crime out of love for Nan (Sylvia Sidney), the daughter of mob henchman Pop Cooley (Guy Kibbee). Eventually railroaded into prison by her crooked cohorts, Nan implores The Kid to give up the rackets, but he refuses. Things go downhill very rapidly after that, culminating with The Kid and Nan being taken "for a ride" by rival thugs. Cast in a role originally intended for Clara Bow, Sylvia Sidney does a magnificent job and was soon typecast as a downtrodden Depression victim, born with two strikes against her. Conversely, Gary Cooper never again played anything quite like "The Kid."

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2016
UPC: 0025192384356
Original Release: 1931
Source: Universal
Time: 1:23:00
Sales rank: 37,000

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper The Kid
Sylvia Sidney Nan Cooley
Paul Lukas Big Fella Maskal
Guy Kibbee Pop Cooley
Stanley Fields Blackie
Betty Sinclair Pansy
William "Stage" Boyd McCoy
Bob Kortman Servant
Barbara Leonard Girl
W.J. O'Brien Actor
Nick Thompson Actor
Terry Carroll Esther March
Norman Foster Extra on Midway
Wynne Gibson Agnes
Bert Hanlon Baldy
Matty Kemp Man Stabbed With Fork
Ethan Laidlaw Killer at Prison
Kate Lawson Bit part
Edward J. Le Saint Shooting Gallery Patron
Bill O'Brien Waiter
Hal Price Shooting Gallery Patron
George Regas Machine Gunner
Willard Robertson Detective
Leo Willis Henchman
Allan Cavan Cop
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Dancer
Robert E. Homans Inspector

Technical Credits
Rouben Mamoulian Director
Sidney B. Cutner Score Composer
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Oliver H.P. Garrett Screenwriter
Jack A. Goodrich Sound/Sound Designer
Viola Lawrence Editor
Max Marcin Screenwriter
William Shea Editor
E. Lloyd Sheldon Producer

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