Synopsis by Mark Deming
In this crime drama, Flicker Hayes (James Cagney) is a safecracker who has just been released following a stretch in prison; after his last job, his partners Dan Curley (Bradley Page) and Red Deering (Ralf Harolde) set him up, and now Hayes is determined to get revenge. Fooling them into believing that there's no hard feelings, Hayes sets up another robbery with Curley and Deering, but after it goes off without a hitch, Hayes turns the tables on his so-called friends and squeals on them to the cops, keeping all the money for himself. Hayes makes tracks for San Francisco, unaware that Curley has escaped from the police and is hot on his trail. Once he settles in San Francisco, Hayes meets Rose Lawrence (Joan Blondell), a former streetwalker who has reformed and settled down with fisherman Nick Gardella (Victor Jory). Even though she's married, Hayes falls head over heels for Rose, and she finds that she's quite attracted to him as well. Rose is torn between Hayes and Gardella, but Hayes' decision about the relationship is made for him when Curley and his goons arrive in San Francisco, and Hayes has to flee for his own safety. He Was Her Man was the last of seven pictures James Cagney and Joan Blondell would make together.
police, assassination, bank-robbery, capture, death, double-cross, employment, escape, escaped-convict, execution, fishing, frame-up, girl, jilted, killing, loot, on-the-run, partner, prison, prostitute/prostitution, pursuit, release, revenge, robbery, safecracker