Review ‘G’ Men


G Men stars noir bad ass James Cagney in the role of “Brick”.  A new lawyer and new recruit for the F.B.I., Brick must go through training to become a Special Agent.  This film was not liked by J. Edgar Hoover at first, because Brick was insubordinate in part of the film.  He finally approved the script and was very happy with its huge success.  G Men made over a million dollars at the box office, a huge return back in 1935.  This film also portrays two incidents that where true in F.B.I.’s early history and where both pivotal in the formation and popularity of them.  The first is the “Kansas City Massacre” where the F.B.I. were unable to have guns and one agent died along with 3 police and Frank “Jelly” Nash, who they were transporting.  The second indecent was the famous shot out at the lodge against John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson and their gang.  The lodge shooting was a big scene also in the more true telling of the story, Public Enemies in 2009.  The other interesting thing about this movie is that the good guys, the F.B.I. Agents could use Tommy guns and other automatic weapons while the gangsters used revolvers and lever-action rifles.  This was due to censorship at the time. This also starred Margaret Lindsay as the sister of Brick’s boss as well as Brick’s love interest.  Ann Dvorak plays the wife of one of the gangsters, but helps the G Men catch them.  Robert Armstrong plays his usual hard nose character and boss to Brick.  This is a fun film noir with some historic events portrayed, and lets face it, Cagney is great.  This was also re-released in 1948 with a new intro, here is the trailer for that with most of that new intro:

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