|Me and My Gal
|Barry Conners (story)
Philip Klein (story)
Arthur Kober (screenplay)
|Arthur C. Miller
Me and My Gal is a 1932 American pre-Code crime romantic comedy-drama film starring Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett, directed by Raoul Walsh, and released by the Fox Film Corporation. The film tells the story of jaunty young policeman Danny Dolan (Tracy), who falls in love with waterfront cafe waitress Helen Riley (Bennett). It is admired as a pre-Code classic today. According to TCM, it did well with critics and audiences, featuring fine performances from its two stars, “displaying the superb chemistry” that can be seen in their other pictures together.
A remake, Pier 13, was released in 1940.
In this wisecracking comedy, Danny Dolan (Spencer Tracy) is a cop whose beat is the New York waterfront. Danny has a soft spot for Helen Riley (Joan Bennett), a sharp-tongued waitress at a cheap diner, while her scatter-brained sister Kate (Marion Burns) is in love with Duke (George Walsh), a sleazy low-level mobster. While Duke makes a play for Kate, both Helen and Dan know that he's bad news, and Danny wants to put Duke behind bars before he can break Kate's heart.
Bennett and Tracy made She Wanted a Millionaire that same year, with their billing reversed (Bennett billed over Tracy), and also played a married couple two decades later in Father of the Bride and Father's Little Dividend.
Me and My Gal was directed by Raoul Walsh, one of the greatest directors of the studio system, having directed Regeneration (1915), The Big Trail (1930), White Heat (1949). He was also the brother of George Walsh, who plays the villain.
It was remade as a B film in 1940 by Fox as Pier 13, directed by Eugene Forde.
A copy is held in the U.S. Library of Congress collection.