Great Guy (1937)
Directed by John G. Blystone
Cast: James Cagney, Mae Clarke and James Burke
Film / Crime / Drama / Mystery
The story opens with Joel Green, chief deputy of the Bureau of Weights and Measures, injured in a car crash, now in a hospital. Knowing the accident was a set up, Green calls for his friend, Johnny Cave, a former prizefighter working with the department of Weights and Measures, and assigns him in his place to acquire enough evidence on the corrupt district leader Marty Cavanaugh. With the assistance of fellow Irishman Pat Haley, Johnny learns the tricks of the trade of the chiselers at the Paradise Market. They defraud shoppers in many ways, eights on chickens, false bottoms in baskets, and cheating drivers of their gallons of gas. Refusing to accept bribes even from the city Mayor, Johnny later has his work cut out for him. He is abducted by thugs who frame him on a drunk and driving charge unless he gives up his investigation to expose the gang leader responsible for corruption.
Actors: James Cagney