The Roaring Twenties
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Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney star in thisstory of three friends who return from World War I to the United Statesin the era of jazz, speakeasies and bootleggers--The Roaring Twenties!George Hally (Bogart), Eddie Bartlett (Cagney) and Lloyd Hart (JeffeyLynn) become rich and powerful working both sides of the law in thedecade after the War. But the stock market crash and a woman, JeanSherman (Priscilla Lane), loved by both Hally and Hart, spell a violentend to their lives of crime.Based on the story "The World Moves On" by columnist Mark Hellinger.]]>
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THE ROARING TWENTIES, from the story "The World Moves On" by popular Broadway columnist Mark Hellinger, was `a memory' of the era Warners mined so successfully, and profitably, in the thirties. It stars Cagney as Eddie Bartlett, a more-or-less good guy who fought in World War I only to return to a country that didn't quite know what to do with all of her returning soldiers. Bartlett's two army buddies figure prominently in his eventual rise and fall - the slimy George Hally (Humphrey Bogart) and golden boy Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey Lynn). Bartlett's first touch of the Big Bottom occurs early on after his return. The job he'd thought was waiting for him when he got home is filled by someone else, and soon enough he sees and grabs at the opportunities presented by Prohibition. Bartlett's ascent begins when he begins to manufacture his own bathtub gin. Along the way Barlett enlists the services of old foxhole buddies Hally (right-hand gunsel) and Hart (legal advisor). Bartlett goes into the speakeasy business with Panama Smith (Gladys George) and falls hard for pretty young Jean Sherman (Priscilla Lane). Of course it's lonely at the top, and with treacherous associates like Hally and rivals like Nick Brown (Paul Kelly), precarious as well.
Cagney may have been sick of playing gangsters by 1939, but it's hard to tell that from his performance.Read more ›
The finale is pure magic, as Cagney dies in the arms of Gladys George, on the steps of a large church (one of the most ubiquitous standing sets on the Warner Lot - Bette Davis runs up those steps at the start of Deception (1946) and it stood in as a Court House in a dozen films). Bogart makes a great ratfaced crook and his verbal sparring with Cagney is a delight.
The DVD is all one could ever wish for - a sparkling restoration with terrific sound and a host of extras to delight the most discerning of buffs. My only quibble - for some weird reason, my copy lost synchronisation bewween sound & picture for about 15 minutes (Reel 2?). However, I have seen other copies and it was fine.
Bravo Warners! This great film is now immortally preserved and its stature can only grow with each passing decade.
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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One more film with Cagney, about Bathtub Gin. Again the bad guy. Pistols, booze and girl singers. Rent it, you'll love it.Published 6 days ago by John A.
A good look at life in the 1920's during prohibition. Of course, Cagney is great as the bad guy that you still love.Published 7 days ago by Maxmom15
Great movie, about the noble experiment (prohibition) area. Great writing, a classic, no one should miss.Published 16 days ago by John L. Apodaca
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