City for Conquest

1940 film by Anatole Litvak

City for Conquest is a 1940 boxing-drama movie that is produced by William Cagney, Anatole Litvak and Hal B. Wallis who was uncredited and was directed by Anatole Litvak and Jean Negulesco who was uncredited.

City of Conquest
Directed byAnatole Litvak
Jean Negulesco (uncredited)
Produced byWilliam Cagney
Anatole Litvak
Hal B. Wallis (uncredited)
Written byAben Kandel (novel)
John Wexley (screenplay)
StarringJames Cagney
Ann Sheridan
Arthur Kennedy
Frank Craven
Anthony Quinn
Elia Kazan
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyJeffrey Kimball
Edited byBrent White
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
September 21, 1940
Running time
104 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$13,250,000


The movie based on the novel City for Conquest by Aben Kandel and is about truck driver, Danny Kenny (James Cagney), who starts as a New York boxing contender. His girlfriend, Peggy is played by Ann Sheridan. Danny's brother, Eddie wants to become a professional musician and Danny decides to help him. Peggy falls in love with her dancing instructor and Danny proposes to her but she rejects him. Danny gets blinded in a fight with a boxer who put rosin dust on his gloves. Danny works as an operator for a newspaper stand and Peggy is sad when her dreams of a dancer are dashed. Eddie becomes a successful composer and dedicates his first major symphony at Carnegie Hall to Danny and Danny is listening to the concert on the radio from his newsstand.



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