James Cagney (Danny Kean)Ralph Bellamy (McLean)Patricia Ellis (Patricia Nolan)Alice White (Allison)Ralf Harolde (Jerry)Robert Emmett O'Connor (Police Lt. Casey Nolan)Robert Barrat (Grover)G. Pat Collins (Hennessy - Fireman)Arthur Vinton (John - Sing Sing Head Keeper)Tom Wilson (Leo)Maurice Black (Speakeasy Proprietor)Stanley Blystone (Prison Guard)Don Brodie (Hood)James P. Burtis (Reporter)Hobart Cavanaugh (James Peters - Drunken Reporter)George Chandler (Reporter)Cora Sue Collins (Jerry's Little Girl)Gino Corrado (Barber)
Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't like that relation at first, but McLean, Kean's boss, convinces him of Kean's good nature. But Kean uses his relation to Patricia to make a photo of an execution. Due to this, Nolan loses his stripes and Kean isn't allowed to see Patricia any longer. But when one of his former friends kills two policemen, Kean sees his chance....