City for Conquest

City for Conquest (1940)

A story with all the fire and fury of its two great stars!

  • Genre: Music, Drama, Crime
  • Release Date: 1940-09-21
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 31 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Directors: Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco.
star 6.8/10
From 31 Ratings


The heartbreaking but hopeful tale of Danny Kenny and Peggy Nash, two sweethearts who meet and struggle through their impoverished lives in New York City. When Peggy, hoping for something better in life for both of them, breaks off her engagement to Danny, he sets out to be a championship boxer, while she becomes a dancer paired with a sleazy partner. Will tragedy reunite the former lovers?

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  • James Cagney

    as Danny Kenny
  • Ann Sheridan

    as Peggy Nash
  • Frank Craven

    as 'Old Timer'
  • Donald Crisp

    as Scotty MacPherson
  • Frank McHugh

    as 'Mutt'
  • Arthur Kennedy

    as Eddie Kenny
  • George Tobias

    as 'Pinky'
  • Jerome Cowan

    as 'Dutch'
  • Elia Kazan

    as 'Googi'
  • Anthony Quinn

    as Murray Burns
  • Lee Patrick

    as Gladys
  • Blanche Yurka

    as Mrs. Nash
  • George Lloyd

    as 'Goldie'
  • Joyce Compton

    as Lilly
  • Thurston Hall

    as Max Leonard
  • Ben Welden

    as Cobb
  • John Arledge

    as Salesman
  • Edward Keane

    as Gaul
  • Selmer Jackson

    as Doctor
  • Joseph Crehan

    as Doctor
  • Murray Alper

    as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Walter Bacon

    as Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
  • Harris Berger

    as Ticket Taker (uncredited)
  • Ward Bond

    as First Policeman (uncredited)
  • Wade Boteler

    as New York Policeman (uncredited)
  • James Carlisle

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Steve Carruthers

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Hugh Chapman

    as Boy (uncredited)
  • James Conaty

    as Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
  • Oliver Cross

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Dudley Dickerson

    as Doorman (uncredited)
  • John Dilson

    as Mr. Cahn - Man Buying Newspaper (uncredited)
  • James Dime

    as Gym Rat (uncredited)
  • Warren Douglas

    as Elevator Operator (uncredited)
  • Jay Eaton

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Frank Faylen

    as Band Conductor and Emcee (uncredited)
  • Pat Flaherty

    as Dance Floor Guard (uncredited)
  • George Ford

    as Dance Contestant (uncredited)
  • Edward Gargan

    as Joe - Foreman (uncredited)
  • Joe Gilbert

    as Concert Spectator (uncredited)
  • Malvern Gilmartin

    as Boy (uncredited)
  • David Gorcey

    as Ticket Taker (uncredited)
  • Joe Gray

    as Cannonball Wales (uncredited)
  • Harrison Greene

    as Dance Judge (uncredited)
  • Kit Guard

    as Mickey Miller (uncredited)
  • Robert Haines

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Margaret Hayes

    as Sally - Irene's Friend (uncredited)
  • Sam Hayes

    as Sam Hayes - Radio Announcer (uncredited)
  • Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian

    as Gym Trainer (uncredited)
  • Arthur Housman

    as Radio Listener (uncredited)
  • George Humbert

    as Organ Grinder's Shill (uncredited)
  • John Indrisano

    as Referee in Wales Fight (uncredited)
  • Danny Jackson

    as Boy (uncredited)
  • Thomas E. Jackson

    as Pep - Sportswriter (uncredited)
  • Lois James

    as Chorus girl (uncredited)
  • Payne B. Johnson

    as Boy (uncredited)
  • Colin Kenny

    as Al's Pal (uncredited)
  • Victor Kilian

    as Bill Poster (uncredited)
  • Joseph La Cava

    as Dance Contestant (uncredited)
  • Mike Lally

    as Fight Ringsider / Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Charles Lane

    as Al - Dance Team Manager (uncredited)
  • Paula Lane

    as Girl (uncredited)
  • Ethelreda Leopold

    as Irene - Dressing Room Blonde (uncredited)
  • Carl M. Leviness

    as Champion Fight Spectator (uncredited)
  • Michael Mark

    as Tonbstone Painter (uncredited)
  • William Marshall

    as Man in Peggy's Dressing Room (uncredited)
  • Eric Mayne

    as Concert Spectator (uncredited)
  • Pat McKee

    as Danny's Trainer (uncredited)
  • Sidney Miller

    as Band Conductor and Emcee (uncredited)
  • Hans Moebus

    as Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
  • Bert Moorhouse

    as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • Jack Mower

    as Man Next to MacPherson at Fight (uncredited)
  • William Newell

    as Max's Lyricist (uncredited)
  • William H. O'Brien

    as Waiter (uncredited)
  • George O'Hanlon

    as Newsboy (uncredited)
  • Garry Owen

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Paul Panzer

    as Dance Contest Observer (uncredited)
  • Sally Payne

    as Singer (uncredited)
  • Jack Perry

    as Wales' Handler (uncredited)
  • Lee Phelps

    as Ring Announcer (uncredited)
  • William Phillips

    as Sailor - Sparring Partner (uncredited)
  • Bernice Pilot

    as Della - Peggy's Maid (uncredited)
  • Alexander Pollard

    as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Fred Rapport

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Jackie Salling

    as Boy (uncredited)
  • Scott Seaton

    as Concert Spectator (uncredited)
  • John Sheehan

    as Man Yelling at Ringside (uncredited)
  • Charles Sherlock

    as Dance Judge (uncredited)
  • Buster Slaven

    as Sidney - Pupil (uncredited)
  • Stephen Soldi

    as Organ Grinder (uncredited)
  • Bob Steele

    as Kid Callahan (uncredited)
  • Larry Steers

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Charles Sullivan

    as Dance Floor Guard #2 (uncredited)
  • Elliott Sullivan

    as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Frank Sully

    as Radio Listener (uncredited)
  • Dale Van Sickel

    as Championship Fight Spectator (uncredited)
  • Billy Wayne

    as Happy - Googi's Henchman (uncredited)
  • Dick Wessel

    as Cab Driver by Fire (uncredited)
  • Leo White

    as Dance Contest Observer (uncredited)
  • Frank Wilcox

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Charles C. Wilson

    as Bill - Man Behind MacPherson at Fight (uncredited)
  • Tom Wilson

    as Man on Fire Escape (uncredited)
  • Robert Winkler

    as Mush (uncredited)
  • George Boyce

    as Dance Contestant (uncredited)
Editing William Holmes Editor
Production Anatole Litvak Producer
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Camera James Wong Howe Director of Photography
Writing John Wexley Screenplay
Production William Cagney Producer
Directing Anatole Litvak Director
Production Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Directing Jean Negulesco Director
Camera Sol Polito Director of Photography
Writing Aben Kandel Novel
Crew Robert Vreeland Choreographer
Costume & Make-Up Perc Westmore Makeup Artist
Production Jack L. Warner Production Manager
Art Robert M. Haas Art Direction
Crew Everett Alton Brown Sound Recordist
Crew Harvey Parry Stunts
Crew Quentin Breese Stunts
Costume & Make-Up Howard Shoup Costume Design
Crew Byron Haskin Special Effects
Crew Rex Wimpy Special Effects