Me and My Gal | Chicago Reader

Me and My Gal

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.

Credits

Director:

  • Raoul Walsh

Cast:

  • Spencer Tracy
  • Joan Bennett
  • Marion Burns

Writers:

  • Philip Klein
  • Barry Conners
  • Arthur Kober
  • Frank Dolan
  • Philip Dunne
  • Charles Vidor
  • Alfred A. Cohn

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