Recently released from a prison term he was forced to serve after being set up by his partners, Page and Harolde, safecracker Cagney is determined to pay them back. Pretending that there are no hard feelings, he again teams up with the dishonorable thieves on another job. The robbery is
a success, and when Cagney gets his hands on the money, he squeals to the police on Page and Harolde. Page escapes but Harolde is captured and executed. Cagney flees to San Francisco, but, unknown to him, Page is hot on his trail. In San Francisco Cagney meets Blondell, a reformed prostitute who
is engaged to Jory, a fisherman. Cagney follows the girl to Jory's fishing village and tries to woo her. His romantic overtures are successful and Blondell falls for him, but before anything can develop between them, he leaves her and is confronted by goons loyal to Page. While trying to escape,
Cagney inadvertently involves Blondell, and the assassins want her dead as well. Cagney convinces the killers that Blondell knows nothing, and they allow her to live. Cagney however, is taken away by the hoods and presumably murdered, leaving Blondell to renew her relationship with fisherman Jory.
HE WAS HER MAN is a disappointing Cagney vehicle hampered by a basically weak and unimaginative script, unaided by helmsman Bacon's direction. Cagney, as usual, struggles mightily to bring more to his role than existed on paper, but even his enthusiastic effort fails to bring this film out of the
doldrums. This was the seventh, and last, teaming of Cagney and Blondell. The popular partnership began in 1929 when both were unknowns working on Broadway in the musical "Penny Arcade" which was turned into a film entitled SINNER'S HOLIDAY in 1930. Luckily they were asked to recreate their stage
roles for the movies, a medium that would soon propel them to stardom.
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