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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic films from Classic era
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,...
Published on July 15, 2011 by Dr. James Gardner

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tcm greatest film collection:Gangsters-Prohibition Era--Public Enemy/Roaring 20s Etc
Let me start out by saying the movie I most wanted was roaring 20's and some of the others had a reputation for being good.--- ---I'm sure I saw these all of these other movies many years ago but apparently they weren't memorable.-- Anyway I decided to take a chance on the lot as I bought it here on amazon for about $10.---So after watching all of them anew recently my...
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic films from Classic era, July 15, 2011
This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
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". While he is best known for his gangster roles, the majority of Cagney's screen appearances were not as a gangster - he played an insurance salesman ("The Millionaire", 1931), an engineer ("Other Men's Women", 1931), a boxer ("Winner Take All", 1932), an auto racer ("The Crowd Roars", 1932), a Broadway producer ("Footlight Parade", 1933), etc. Indeed, Cagney often appeared in comedies (e.g., "Here Comes the Navy", "Hard to Handle", "Jimmy the Gent"), although it was his gangster films that earned him the rally big bucks.

Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) was an aging 37 year old who had failed to distinguish himself in more than a dozen films over a period of 8 years. Then he made a name for himself on Broadway playing a John Dillinger like criminal in "The Petrified Forest". Leslie Howard insisted Bogart get the part in the film, and he was a success, but continued to play second fiddle to Warner's biggest star (e.g., "The Oklahoma Kid", "Angels with Dirty Faces", "Dead End"), Jimmy Cagney. "The Roaring Twenties" was the last film in which Cagney and Bogart both appeared. Then in 1941 Bogart starred in "High Sierra" and "The Maltese Falcon" and from that point onward, Bogart became a big name star, eventually surpassing Cagney in 1943 on the tail of his performance in "Casablanca".

So here's a chance to see "the big 3" in their classic films that literally bookend the classic gangster period. Forget about "Smart Money" and just enjoy these 3 great films.
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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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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
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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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!, December 30, 2013
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic., September 22, 2013
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars old movies, January 15, 2014
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1, January 9, 2014
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
Cagney is my fav especially his early gangster films and these are 4 of his best all on 1 dvd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up!!, November 16, 2013
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
Love these movies. Fun to watch and I make it a once a month to watch these because there is always something new that I missed from the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prohibition gangster days, September 15, 2013
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
Gangster films when they were the top draw in theaters. Three of these are renovated or is the word restored? One isn't and has a lot of scratches from the original print. The best of the lot is SMART MONEY. The dialog has improved in this film and it has many funny lines I never expected to hear. I had never heard of this title. I was pleasantly surprised. They aired on TCM and are now available through Amazon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great memories from the past., September 8, 2013
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Randy A. Leake (HOBBS, NEW MEXICO, US) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: TCM Greatest Classic Film Collection: Gangsters - Prohibition Era (The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties / Little Caesar / Smart Money) (DVD)
This was a time when the great actors of their time performed roles that were unlike anything we have today.
They were unique, talented, involved, artist, who lived their characters.
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