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The Irish in Film
A Complete List of Irish Films

 Title  Great Guy   (aka   Pluck of the Irish)
Set in New York City during the depression, this film shows a man determined that people get their fair share. James Cagney, Hollywood's perennial tough guy, plays, Johnnie Cave, a retired boxer who enforces codes for the Dept. of Weights and Measures, usually with his fists. He has a 'chip on his shoulder' that is: something to prove. His just off the boat sidekick from the old country regales us with endless tales of giants and wee people. Together they battle a crooked alderman, Marty Cavanaugh, who acts more like a gangster than a city official. It's the old Irish cop vs. Irish gangster routine with a nice twist. And Cagney is the good (great) guy. Though told with humor, underneath lies a story of institutional corruption and what to do about it. Throw in a few Irish cops and we have a fine public service enouncement. Link to reviews Click picture
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 Year  1936      Type   Action    Rating   NR
 Director  John G. Blystone  Writer  Henry McCarty
 Cast  James Cagney, Mae Clarke, James Burke, Edward Brophy, Henry Kolker,
  Bernadene Hayes

 

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