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5.0 out of 5 stars Cagney and Bogie as bootleggers, June 8, 2003
This review is from: The Roaring Twenties [VHS] (VHS Tape)
One of my all-time favorite gangster movies. The Roaring 20's features James Cagney at his best as a returning WWI vet who has lost his job , turns to bootlegging and muscles his way to the top. Cagney is at his wisecracking tough guy peak in this and he is given a run for his money by Humphrey Bogart as his WWI buddy turned partner turned rival.
The movie traces these characters through the tumultuous speakeasy days. Cagney's character falls for a young singer who is in love with a young straightshooting attorney. Eddie(Cagney) has one loyal admirer in Panama Smith an aging speakeasy manager who is played flawlessly by Gladys George. She delivers the most memorable line in the movie "Get a Victrola- Jughead".
The story culminates with Eddie being ruined financially and having a showdown with Bogart's character that results in the death scene to end all death scenes. Cagney's staggeriing down the street and collapsing on the church steps after being shot has been often imitated but never duplicated.
A great movie and a piece of film history that stands up to repeated viewings.
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Initial post: Jan 30, 2010 11:18:26 AM PST
Agree with everything you said except that line as the best in the move. IMHO the best line of the movie was its last. "He was a somebody once" or something to that effect. Great movie!

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 8:46:20 AM PDT
I think the best line is the last line of the movie,"He use to be a big shot"!
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