In the role of a talented newsman/dipsomaniac Cagney gives one of his most startling bravura performances. His inability to resist booze causes Cagney to lose his job and also the love of a girl who wants to marry him. He goes on a spectacular bender and, with legs turned to jelly,
Cagney collapses into the gutter, almost getting run over by a truck. He is later thrown into a drunk tank to undergo the horrors of withdrawal and to share the nightmares of those around him. With grim resolve, Cagney vows never to drink again and joins an AA-type group. He regains his job and
rises to the position of city editor but is always "one drink away" from destruction. He lives...