The next best thing to being pursued by G Men yourself is a trip to see James Cagney and his merry men in at the Fenway. This reporter stumbled out of the theatre feeling definitely bear-chased.
How James Cagney is going to play Puck in the forthcoming Mid-Summer Night's Dream one can imagine, but as a "G Man" he is right in his element. The film appears to be an accurate account, generally speaking, of the development of the Department of Justice since the new anti-racket federal laws have changed its members from gang-fodder into G Men.
We follow Mr. Cagney's doings from the time he goes down to Washington as a rookie among the federal boys, through a series of hair-raising vicissitudes entailed in the wiping out of some 14 public enemies, until we see him as the noblest G Man of them all, marrying the lovely creature who has been tending his wounds.
Margaret Lindsay as this nurse in question is fairly inadequate, but Robert Armstrong as her brother and Cagney's hard-boiled superior turns in an exceptionally fine performance.
G Man crackles along at a high level of reality and suspense, and is a first-rate "calling all cars" film.
A cinematic running mate called "$10 Raise," supplies the perfect antidote for all this. Edward Everett Horton is a meticulous office-clerk who needs this precise advancement in his wordly fortunes in order to marry Karen Morley.
How he gets the raise and marries the girl is scarcely a new idea in movie plots, but Mr. Horton's flair for the querulous, and his well known vacillation and fuss-budgetry make it seem very amusing in a mild sort of way.
A Paramount News shows the first releases from the current British Jubilee festivities.