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One of the great pre-codes. Sex and corruption permeate the whole movie, with an energy unusal for 1931. None of the usual early-talkie staginess. Cagney and Blondell are great together, the acting is realistic, and the ending is genuinely touching and believable. Wish they'd release a Cagney pre-code DVD collection with all his starring features pre-1934: They are all highly entertaining;. This one is among the best.

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TCM played "Women in Love" or "Sinner's Holiday" the other day, which I guess was Cagney's first film? Anyway, his fast-talking personna was already in place. He and Joan Blondell totally stole the movie out from under the "stars" Evelyn Knapp and Grant Withers. Perfect trashy pre-code, with loose women, boot-leggers, a murder and cops that almost seem to be the bad guys.

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