The Beast of the City

The Beast of the City is a 1932 American pre-Code gangster film featuring cops as vigilantes and known for its singularly vicious ending.wikipedia
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W. R. Burnett

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Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.
In The Beast of the City (1932), the police take the law into their own hands when the criminals walk free due to legal incompetence, foreshadowing Dirty Harry by almost 40 years.

John Lee Mahin

John Mahin
Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.
They assigned him to a gangster film, Beast of the City (1932) which starred Jean Harlow.

Wallace Ford

Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.

Dorothy Peterson

Dorothy Peterson as Mary Fitzpatrick
The Beast of the City (1932) - Mary Fitzpatrick

Jean Harlow

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Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.
Paul Bern then arranged to borrow her for The Beast of the City (1932), co-starring Walter Huston.

Walter Huston

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Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.

Ben Hecht

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Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.
The Beast of the City (1932) (uncredited)

Mickey Rooney

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Mickey Rooney, in an uncredited appearance, played the son of Captain Jim Fitzpatrick in his first MGM feature.
Rooney got bit parts in films such as The Beast of the City (1932) and The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933), which allowed him to work alongside stars such as Joel McCrea, Colleen Moore, Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Wayne and Jean Harlow.

Charles Brabin

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Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.
The Beast of the City (1932)

John Miljan

John Miljan as District Attorney
The Beast of the City (1932) as District Attorney

Tully Marshall

Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.
The Beast of the City (1932) - Michaels

Pre-Code Hollywood

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The Beast of the City is a 1932 American pre-Code gangster film featuring cops as vigilantes and known for its singularly vicious ending.

Jean Hersholt

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Written by W.R. Burnett, Ben Hecht (uncredited), and John Lee Mahin, and directed by Charles Brabin, the film stars Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt, and Tully Marshall.

Louis B. Mayer

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The Beast of the City originated in consultations between MGM head of production Louis B. Mayer and President Herbert Hoover, who was concerned that the public needed to have greater respect for police officers and other law-enforcement officials.

Herbert Hoover

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The Beast of the City originated in consultations between MGM head of production Louis B. Mayer and President Herbert Hoover, who was concerned that the public needed to have greater respect for police officers and other law-enforcement officials.

Principal photography

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The film was produced under the working title "City Sentinels"; principal photography took place from 4 November to December 1931 at MGM's studios in Culver City.

Culver City, California

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The film was produced under the working title "City Sentinels"; principal photography took place from 4 November to December 1931 at MGM's studios in Culver City.