A routine crime melodrama that is spruced up by Cagney's electric portrayal of a gangster-turned-newspaper-photographer. Upon his release from Sing Sing, he hooks up with a sleazy New York City tabloid and uses his criminal know-how to get a scoop. Before long he's fallen in love with
Ellis, whose father, O'Connor, is the police lieutenant who sent Cagney to prison. Cagney quickly becomes hot property as a cameraman, securing a photo of a frenzied fireman standing in front of his burning house while his wife and her lover lie dead inside. Because of the unscrupulous nature of
his job, Cagney is accused by Ellis of being a "picture snatcher"--no better than the crim...