City for Conquest
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City for Conquest
There are three key characters in Anatole Litvak's filmization of Aben Kandel's novel City for Conquest, as opposed to the six or more in the book -- but the real star, to a large extent, is New York City and its entire population. For purposes of the movie, however, the dramatic arc is linked to James Cagney, as honest, unpretentious truck driver Danny Kenny, whose life is involved with two other people -- his kid brother, Ed (Arthur Kennedy), a gifted musician trying to survive in the rough-and-tumble world of New York's Lower East Side, and Peggy Nash (Ann Sheridan), the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Picture carries plenty of dramatic punch."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The heartwrenching tearjerker love story surfaces at the end as a winner by a narrow decision."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Uunevenly paced, mounts slowly to a sizzling prizefight sequence, which comes somewhere about the middle, then sags off to a long-drawn, agonized finish."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Cagney's marvellous performance almost saves the mawkish ending."
‑ , Film4
"Litvak's careful poduction overcomes any flaws."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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