Gang leader Cody Jarrett (James Cagney) lives for his mother, planning heists between horrible headaches. During a train robbery that goes wrong, Cody shoots an investigator. Realizing Cody will never be stopped if he knows he's being pursued, authorities plant undercover agent Hank (Edmond O'Brien) in Cody's cell. When his mother dies, a distraught Cody breaks out of jail, bringing Hank along to join his gang. With Hank in communication with the police, Cody plans a payroll heist.
James Cagney is one of the most talented actors to ever grace the screen. He delivers a raw performance as gang leader Cody Jarrett. Life is hard when you make the wrong choices but after awhile you become cocky seeing that you can literally get away with murder. It's a rough life that can be silenced if you make one mistake. A classic Cagney gangster movie.
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