The St. Louis Kid (1934) - Rotten Tomatoes

The St. Louis Kid (1934)





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James Cagney manages to retain his pre-Code cockiness within post-Code limitations in the likeable St. Louis Kid. Cagney and Allen Jenkins, Eddie Kennedy, and Buck Willetts play long-distance truck drivers who get entangled in a battle between a crooked trucking firm and striking milk farmers (a plot thread based on actual events). When one of the dairymen is killed by a hired goon, Eddie is accused of the crime. He breaks out of jail to track down the real killer then has to rescue his girlfriend Ann (Patricia Ellis), who's been kidnapped by henchmen of the truck company. It takes a bit of clever brainwork between Eddie and Buck, but our hero manages to flummox the bad guys and rescue the girl. James Cagney's sheer star power is such that the audience is willing to forgive the fact that, in the early passages of the film, his character is nothing more or less than a "scab." St. Louis Kid is the picture in which Cagney, tired of playing characters who settle differences with their fists, hit upon the novel idea of incapacitating his screen rivals by butting his forehead against theirs, knocking them cold without laying a hand on them!


James Cagney
as Eddie Kennedy
Robert H. Barrat
as Farmer Benson
Allen Jenkins
as Buck 'Bucky' Willets
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Richardson
Spencer Charters
as Merseldopp
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Judge Jones
Gertrude Short
as Babe Smith
Guy Usher
as Sergeant
Mary Russell
as Office Girl
Alice Marr
as Secretary
Victoria Vinton
as Secretary
Lee Phelps
as Farmer
Louise Seidel
as Girl in Car
Mary Treen
as Giddy Girl
Milton Kibbee
as Paymaster
Wilfred Lucas
as Policeman
Douglas Cosgrove
as Prosecutor
Grover Liggon
as Attendant
Frank Bull
as Broadcast Officer
Wade Boteler
as Sergeant
Frank Fanning
as Policeman
James P. Burtis
as Detective
Eddie Fetherston
as Man Asking Ann to Dance
Joan Barclay
as Girl at Dance
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Critic Reviews for The St. Louis Kid

All Critics (2)

[James] Cagney's acting as usual is lively, perfectly timed, and as interesting to watch as good tap-dancing. But someone should write him a new story.

October 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Snappy but only so-so James Cagney vehicle, whereby he plays a semi-tough hot-headed trucker.

July 11, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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