Manny Farber singles out this 1932 programmer as Raoul Walsh's best film, and there's a fair chance that he's right. Spencer Tracy plays a New York cop and Joan Bennett is a waitress who serves as his sparring partner; they were never better or funnier, and their working-class urban milieu is served up with glee and much gusto—all aided and abetted by Arthur Kober's wisecracking script. The plot involves the two leads and a paralyzed vet, who blinks his eyes in Morse code, joining forces to foil a bank robbery; the movie is rich in period evocation, including a hilarious reference to Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude. A small picture, but in many ways an ecstatic one.
Director: Raoul Walsh
Writer: Philip Klein, Barry Conners, Arthur Kober, Frank Dolan, Philip Dunne, Charles Vidor and Alfred A. Cohn
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Marion Burns