This early-day gangster film is wonderfully stylistic, but far removed from reality. Gary Cooper is a westerner newly arrived in the big city, where he becomes a carnival sharpshooter and impresses Sylvia Sidney, step-daughter of a mobster, Guy Kibbee. She encourages him to join a gang
of bootleggers headed by Paul Lukas, but he refuses, saying he will make his money for their planned wedding by legitimate means. Lukas, meanwhile, eyes Kibbee's gun moll, Wynne Gibson, then has Kibbee killed to get the girl, involving Sidney in the murder. When Sidney refuses to tell police what
she knows, she is sent to prison. Now Cooper decides to join the mob to make enough mone...