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

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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.

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • 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 (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UN2IAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,307 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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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 they focus mainly on the gangster's need to rise to the top no matter what the consequences while still showing us glimpses of their soft under belly. Little Caesar is unable to shoot his friend Joe Massero even after he has tipped off the cops that he killed the crime commissioner. Tom Powers loves his mother and hides the truth about where he's getting all his
money while competing for her love and affection with his older and disciplined brother who is the only person not intimidated by Tom's involvement with the underworld. The endings to both films show that crime does't pay as the main character receives his " come uppance",
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Has The Public Enemy ever looked this good? If so, I haven't seen it. This is brilliant. Little Caesar, too. 2 of the best early crime/gangster/noir flicks every filmed. The others are added extras. You can't beat these TCM packages. The transfers are stellar.
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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 matched-era short subjects, cartoons, newsreels, trailers and commentaries. I enjoyed all of the films in this package. The films are of very fine quality all around: acting, directing, screenwriting, production. Some may consider them 'dated' as to their depictions of lifestyles but when you select older movies you should know that going in. All in all, this is an entertaining and enjoyable group of pictures. The product was delivered promptly and in great condition. I would recommend the purchase of this product to any fan of this genre.
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This collection is awesome! My favorite era of gangsters! As a jersey shore native, born and raised, this era of prohibition has alot of interest to me because of the historical significance. Fantastic!!
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