Al Jolson bought the rights to the play Penny Arcade,and sold them to Warner's with the stipulation that Cagney and Joan Blondell be hired for
the film. Cagney tested for the lead , but then re-created his role from the play, as did Blondell.The production was filmed in just three weeks
"The romance of a carnival barker and the daughter of a penny arcade proprietress is well told in Marie Baumer's play. Grant Withers and Lucille Laverne are well cast, but the most impressive acting is done by James Cagney in the role of Harry Delano. His fretful tenseness during the closing scenes is conveyed with sincerity"
The NY Times