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Lion Is in the Streets [VHS]


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  • Actors: James Cagney, Barbara Hale, Anne Francis, Warner Anderson, John McIntire
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Writers: Adria Locke Langley, Luther Davis
  • Producers: William Cagney
  • Format: Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302390370
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the South, peddler marries school teacher and then starts on a whirlwind rise politically, using hysteria among cotton pickers and small-town folk as his device. His rise is halted when his crooked goings-on are exposed. Based on the novel by Adria Locke Langley.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on August 31, 2011
Format: DVD
"A Lion is in the Streets" is a 1953 Technicolor film adaptation of the popular 1945 novel of the same name by Adria Locke Langley. That book was a fictional account of the life of Huey Long, the populist Louisiana politician whose story was told in an academy award winning performance by Broderick Crawford in 1949 in "All the King's Men". But this film was adapted so many times that it bears little resemblance to the life of Huey Long and really shouldn't be compared to "All the King's Men" which was a fairly accurate account of Long's life.

This was Jimmy Cagney's 49th film. Cagney (1899-1986) was one of the biggest stars of the 30s, nominated for an Oscar for "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938) and won for "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942). While he is best known for his gangster roles (e.g., "Public Enemy", "Roaring Twenties" "White Heat" ), the majority of Cagney's screen appearances were not as a gangster - he played an insurance salesman ("The Millionaire", 1931), an engineer ("Other Men's Women", 1931), a boxer ("Winner Take All", 1932), an auto racer ("The Crowd Roars", 1932), a Broadway producer ("Footlight Parade", 1933), etc. Indeed, Cagney often appeared in comedies (e.g., "Here Comes the Navy", "Hard to Handle", "Jimmy the Gent"), although it was his gangster films that earned the really big bucks.

"Lion in the Streets" was made after Cagney left Warner Bros. and set up his own production company with his brother, but their films ("Johnny Come Lately", "Blood on the Sun", "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye") were not successful and this was their last independent production.

Barbara Hale (1922) plays Cagney's wife. She is best known for her long running role as Della Street on the "Perry Mason" TV series (1957-66) for which she won an Emmy in 1957.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
James Cagney shines as a charming but corrupt rural politician trying to deceive the voters. Barbara Hale is great as his sweet wife who is clueless about how dishonest her husband really is. It isn't Cagney's best film, but it is entertaining, and the performances are excellent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Mangravite on December 17, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This Raoul Walsh-James Cagney collaboration has languished in the long shadows of Robert Rossen's "All the King's Men." Like the Rossen film it was based upon a novel by a Southern writer who was "inspired" by the career of Huey Long.
Cagney gives an energetic performance as the peddler-turned-politician, but the film suffers from sense of being rushed along. Cagney gets from Point A to Point B in no time at all and his victories seem a little too pat. (In this regard the film is quite similar to Cagney's earlier gangster noir "Kiss Tommorrow Goodbye," except that his character in that film moves from triumph to triumph like a latter day Tamburlane because he is clearly the baddest and most dangerous man in town. When Cagney's attorney asks him his real name, Cagney jovially responds, "If you knew it, you would die." And we believe him.)
But back to "A Lion Is in the Streets;" just when we are settling in to see how Cagney will react to his rejection by the state's voters, the film is over, and the climax seems mandated more by its running time than by any natural course of events.
Still, the film is worth watching to see Cagney go through his paces, and Anne Francis is excellent, though sadly under-utilized, as his up-from-the-swamplands mistress. In certain ways, her story would have been the more interesting one.)
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By Michael Benfer on May 4, 2009
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Strange to watch an entire cast try to keep up a 'corn-pone' dialect throughout an entire film. Cagney seems stilted in this role but pulls it off. Classic film which always sells for pennies. Service was quick and efficient.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederick L. Marfell on July 2, 2010
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Fast service on quality Cagney dvd which reminded me of Huey Long. Worth seeing !
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