A Lion Is in the Streets

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Time Out says

The title alludes to one assassinated overreacher, Julius Caesar; this oddball Cagney family production concerns another, Huey Long - or, as the script has it, Hank Martin. A somewhat compromised treatment of the life and political crimes of 'The Kingfish' (director Walsh advised abandonment rather than capitulation to Long family threats of legal action), this covers much the same ground as Robert Rossen's earlier feature, All the King's Men, and Robert Collins' later telemovie, The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish. In decidedly more idiosyncratic style, however, with Cagney's aggressive energy suggesting the particular populist allure of the Southern shyster/demagogue.
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Release details

UK release:

1953

Duration:

88 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Cast:

Lon Chaney Jr, Jeanne Cagney, John McIntire, Warner Anderson, Anne Francis, Barbara Hale, James Cagney, Frank McHugh

Music:

Franz Waxman

Production Designer:

Wiard Ihnen

Editor:

George Amy

Cinematography:

Harry Stradling

Screenwriter:

Luther Davis

Producer:

William Cagney

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