TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money)
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"Smarty Money", OTOH, is quite forgettable. As a historical film, we have Edward G Robinson, James Cagney, and Boris Karloff at the very starts of their careers ("Frankenstein" would be released about the same time as "Public Enemy"), all together in the same scene. Other than this, however, the film tends to be tedious.
Most of these films were based on real characters. "Little Caesar" was based on Al Capone and "The Roaring Twenties" was based on real life bootlegger Larry Fay, who was shot to death in 1932 by a doorman at his nightclub.
Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973) was making quite a name for himself in early gangster films like "The Hole in the Wall" (1929), "Night Ride" (1930) and the Lon Chaney re-make "Outside the Law" (1930), and on Broadway playing Nick Scarsi, a Capone-like gangster in a play entitled "The Racket". When "Little Caesar" was being cast, director Mervyn LeRoy was looking for someone that resembled Capone, so Robinson got the nod. Robinson would go on to play in 30 gangster films in a career that included 89 feature films (only Bogart exceeded him with 32 out of 79).
Jimmy Cagney (1899-1986) was one of the biggest stars of the 30s, was nominated for an Oscar for his work in "Angels with Dirty Faces" in 1938 and won for his 1942 portrayal of George M Cohan "Yankee Doodle Dandy".Read more ›
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Public Enemy and The Roaring Twenties are among the great James Cagney movies. A must see.Published 3 months ago by bach
Very nice selection with the best tough ( although shortage) guys the cinema ever producedPublished 3 months ago by Sonia Montenegro
Can only echo what one good commentator said: when Cagney's on screen, he's pretty much got your attention.Published 5 months ago by Patricia Troyer
Great collection! James Cagney is great in these films and for the price this DVD is a must for your collection.Published 5 months ago by Casanova23
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