Public Enemy/Little Caesar*

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Public Enemy/Little Caesar*

  • 1931 ----- b & w ----- 84 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by William A. Wellman, screenplay by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, Harvey Thew based on the original story "Beer and Blood" by John Bright; with James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, Beryl Mercer, Donald Cook, Mae Clarke, Mia Marvin) This film of a Prohibition gangster's rise and fall put James Cagney on the map and deservedly so. It feature Jean Harlow at her most seductive and, perhaps, in one of its most famous scenes Cagney smashes a grapefruit in Mae Clarke's face. Director William Wellman drew on real events to add power and believability to the story--including an unforgettable, final, bone-chilling image.
  • 1930 ----- b & w ----- 79 min
  • (Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, screenplay by Robert N. Lee, Robert Lord based on the novel by W. R. Burnett; with Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr., Ralph Ince, Sidney Blackmer) No film exemplifies the Thirties gangster movie more than this one, the film that made Edward G. Robinson a star. Rico Bandello, an explosive and ambitious small town thug and his cohort Joe Massara head for the big city looking for power and quick riches. He ruthlessly pushes his way to the top of the mob. Yet, at the peak of his success he becomes paranoid and careless, creating the perfect opportunity for his rivals and the law to take him down as violently as he had ascended to power. (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
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