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Product Details

  • Actors: James Cagney, Mae Clark
  • Directors: John G. Blystone
  • Format: Black & White, Collector's Edition, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1937
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F3V7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

The DVD isn't in great shape, though as this is a budget release one would suspect that this might be the case.
Andrew McCaffrey
I know...it sounds uninteresting and boring, but if you go ahead and push "watch now" I think you'll like this film as much as I did.
Pete
Johnny continues to uncover corruption at ever-increasing levels of government, resisting ever more lucrative bribes of money and cushy jobs.
Mrs.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McCaffrey VINE VOICE on March 10, 2002
Format: DVD
(Please note that the DVD edition I am reviewing is the bare-bones Laserlight release that features the film and precious little else.)
GREAT GUY is a fun film. It's not especially complicated or insightful; it won't give you a new perception into the depths of the human experience. But for a film that barely lasts for over an hour, it's an entertaining chunk of action that's well worth viewing.
Since the running time of this film is only an hour and six minutes (the back of the DVD package incorrectly lists this as 75 minutes) one won't be surprised to find that this isn't a terribly demanding movie. But it's certainly engaging, and it's quite enjoyable to watch James Cagney as an official in the Office of Weights and Measures going around thumping people who don't perform up to their required specifications. The jokes all work and the action sequences are executed well.
The DVD isn't in great shape, though as this is a budget release one would suspect that this might be the case. The picture is a bit scratchy and there are numerous jumps and slight cuts in the action. The sound quality has similar flaws; several popping noises and other numerous audible distractions abound during the running of this DVD.
This is a fun film that's recommended to fans of James Cagney. It's a pleasant way to while away an hour of a Saturday afternoon if you find yourself with some time to kill. The Laserlight DVD itself contains a few flaws, so you may want to try to find a better version of the film.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on September 19, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Jimmy Cagney didn't always play fast-talking, two-fisted bad guys in the 1930s. In THE GREAT GUY Cagney plays a fast-talking, two-fisted good guy who, due to a suspicious accident to the Boss, finds himself temporarily in charge of the Bureau of Weight and Measures for what appears to be New York City. Although the Boss warns him to `keep your head on your shoulders and your fists in your pocket' (love the dialogue in this one) Cagney is too much the crusader to heed such reasonable advice. When not running down short-shifting green grocers and heavy-thumbed butchers Cagney sets his sights on a juicy, and dangerous, nest of corrupt politicos.

Cagney is engaged to pretty young Mae Clarke, who rather conveniently is secretary to a city leader, a benign philanthropist by day and, Cagney hunches, a graft raking extortionist by night. The easily digested plot hinges on how Clarke responds to Cagney's accusations against her employer. Although Cagney doesn't push a grapefruit in Clarke's face this time around, they do engage in a series of pre-nuptial lovers' spats that add a nice bit of texture to an otherwise pleasantly unambitious movie. THE GREAT GUY is the type of movie that invites us to ask, while practically insisting we not worry about, such things as - Will Cagney compromise his integrity, by easing up on the grafting philanthropist, to save his relationship with the winsome Clarke? Will Clarke ever realize what a truly great guy this pugnacious, temporary manager of the Bureau of Weights and Measures really is?

There's something winning about a movie that entertains without breaking much of a sweat. Even Cagney, who could be a live wire when working with important Grade-A material, is relatively subdued. The good cast and bouncy action - especially Cagney - trim THE GREAT GUY with enough interesting bits of business to make palatable - downright tasty, as a matter of fact - a plot that is overly familiar and predictable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James L. Neibaur on October 16, 2007
Format: DVD
I bought this particular DVD release of this movie due to the reviews indicating it was a nice clean print, something I have just never found on this title. Unfortunately after purchase I discovered it was the same old grainy dupe with muffled sound that one can find from any low rent public domain distributor. I would really like a nice print of Great Guy and simply cannot find one. I guess none exist at this time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By abelincoln on October 27, 2007
Format: DVD
The movie is a good one to watch, however the quality of this film is very poor. The movie is so faded and scratchy it distracts from the story. The audio is so poor, I had watch it at least twice to catch the dialogue. I dont recommend that you buy this. I would search out a better copy. The only good thing about this movie, is that it was cheap to buy, but now I know why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat on November 22, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If there's one thing Cagney knows how to do well, even when he's sober, it's throw a good punch. In "Great Guy" he plays chief pro-temp of the Bureau of Weights and Measures and tries to root-out the thugs who cheat people out of money by fixing their scales. He gets kicked around quite a bit but gives as good as he gets. In one scene he's completely tossed upside down in the air and slammed against the wall. It's hilarious but stunning at the same time. Throughout the film he's bribed, beaten and even framed--in a scene remarkably similar to his framing in "Each Dawn I Die." Even a little romance is thrown in for good measure with Mae Clarke whom he "grapefruited" in Public Enemy. I can't see this film being remotely interesting with any other actor than James Cagney. It's actors like him that bring such magnetism to the screen and make even the ordinary extraordinary. This film has a lot of laughs and knocking people about and the ending sequence has some of the best fight-staging I've ever seen. The actors are completely invested in it, I'm sure they didn't walk away from it without some bruising.
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