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TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (2010)

James Cagney , Humphrey Bogart  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UN2IAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,096 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money)" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1, side A: The Public Enemy
Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1931 with newsreel, comedy short The Eyes Have It, cartoon Smile Darn Ya Smile and theatrical trailers
Featurette Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public
Commentary by historian Robert Sklar
1954 rerelease foreword
Disc 1, side B: The Roaring Twenties
Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1939 with newsreel, musical short All Girl Revue, comedy short The Great Library Misery, cartoon Thugs with Dirty Mugs and theatrical trailers
Featurette The Roaring Twenties: The World Moves On
Commentary by historian Lincoln Hurst
Disc 2, side A: Little Caesar
Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1930 with newsreel, Spencer Tracy drama short The Hard Guy, cartoon Lady Play Your Mandolin! and theatrical trailers
Featurette Little Caesar: End of Rico, Beginning of the Antihero
Commentary by historian Richard B. Jewell
1954 re-release foreword
Disc 2, side B: Smart Money
Warner Night at the Movies 1931 with newsreel, musical shorts, George Jessel and His Russian Art Choir and The Smart Set-Up, cartoon Big Man from the North and theatrical trailers
Commentary by historians Alain Silver and James Ursini

Editorial Reviews

THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) A taut, realistic time capsule of the Prohibition Era, showcasing James Cagney's powerhouse breakthrough as a streetwise tough guy who rises high in the bootleg racket. THE ROARING TWENTIES (1939) Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino star in this soulful study of a gangster whose hard-boiled persona finds itself at war with his compassionate side – a side that will ultimately be his downfall. LITTLE CAESAR (1930) Loosely based on Al Capone! Edward G. Robinson rocketed to stardom as a pugnacious hoodlum who murderously rises to the top ranks of the underworld. SMART MONEY (1931) In their only screen teaming, Little Caesar's Edward G. Robinson leads the way and The Public Enemy's James Cagney rides shotgun in this brisk tale of barbers who go from cutting hair to cutting in on the gambling racket.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic films from Classic era July 15, 2011
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The 1930s was the decade of the gangster film - it began with Edward G Robinson's "Little Caesar" and Jimmy Cagney's "Public Enemy" and ended with Cagney and Bogart in "The Roaring Twenties" (1939). So the inclusion of these 3 films in one collection is memorable.

"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".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Movies Were Movies February 7, 2013
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No swearing. No blood. No guts. No special effects. No color. Yet still a great movie!! And with this package, you don't just get one great movie, you get FOUR! Cagney, Robinson, Bogart and Harlow are wonderful as are the story lines. Be interesting to try it out on your kids or grand kids to get their reaction. Even if they're bored out of their minds due to the lack of noise, blood and special effects, I am confident YOU will enjoy all four movies just as much as I did!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM Greatest Classic Film Collections-Gangsters May 29, 2013
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Classic Gangster movies with all the legendary actors, Cagney, Robinson and Bogart. Picture quality and sound were excellent on all movies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Looks March 16, 2014
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This product looks like a bootleg copy. There is no name on the CD that identifies one side from the other. I am amazed that Amazon would sell this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! December 30, 2013
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If you like movies not only because they're entertaining, but also because they're pieces of history, you must have this collection. You should not only see each movie, but also play it again listening the historian commentaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. September 22, 2013
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Pre-Code Hollywood, a must have DVD, no complaints, TCM out did themselves. Excellent quality, add this to your Hollywood collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars old movies January 15, 2014
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Love old movies this was a great suprise to find this movie. Love it. Will continue to shop here for the hard to find movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1 January 9, 2014
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Cagney is my fav especially his early gangster films and these are 4 of his best all on 1 dvd
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I Ain't Talkin' Grapefruit
"Little Caesar" and "The Public Enemy" absolutely mop the floor with any competition, as they are the dual kings of the gangster genre - just ask Martin Scorsese, who was scarred... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kels Koch
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movies, a real joy to see great actors ...
Great movies, a real joy to see great actors at their prime. The movies are truly classics and should be seen by all purists of gangster motion pictures
Published 6 days ago by William L. Witham Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very happy ,
Published 9 days ago by Frankie Borrero
5.0 out of 5 stars This collection offers a nice variety of some of the best 30s gangster...
This collection offers a nice variety of some of the best 30s gangster movies ever made. The two best films here ( in my opinion) are The Public Enemy and Little Ceasar because... Read more
Published 12 days ago by victrola
5.0 out of 5 stars The birthday boy loved it.
Gave as a requested gift. The birthday boy loved it.
Published 24 days ago by Lena M.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST !!!!
I brought a couple of the TCM movie mixes, and this is the best one. Smart Money with Edward G, The Roaring Twenties with Humphrey bogart, Public Enemy
Published 26 days ago by Sosa437
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 great movies!
My family and I loved these movies.
Published 28 days ago by Wine Country
3.0 out of 5 stars The sound quality is not that good. Love the old gangster movies and...
The sound quality is not that good. Love the old gangster movies and those fabulous actors.....
Published 29 days ago by Patricia Macioce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoy watching the old gangster films even more than current ones.
Published 2 months ago by PatE
5.0 out of 5 stars TURNER FILMS AND AMAZON--CLASS ACTS
Turner Classic Film Collections always seems to be a class act. Not only can you get a fine compendium of films to view but many times you get great additions in the way of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fred R. Smith
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