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  • Actors: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
  • Directors: Alfred E. Green, Mervyn LeRoy, Raoul Walsh, William A. Wellman
  • Writers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Earl Baldwin, Francis Edward Faragoh, Frank Donoghue
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Turner Classic Movie
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UN2IAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeremiah harbottle on 4 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
for those who wish to discover why "warner bros." were one of the top hollywood studios during the golden era of hollywood, then fans should look no further than these four classics from the 1930s.
from a personal point of view, i would rate "the public enemy" and "the roaring twenties" as being the best ones in this dvd set but "little caesar" and "smart money" are also worthy of your attention.
each production crackles with tension, excitement and entertainment. the acting, directing, dialogue and the stories keep you nailed to your seat as the likes of james cagney and edward g. robinson fight their way to the top of the underworld, only for their success to come crashing round their ears as they struggle to regain their empires. i have rarely seen two more evil and sadistic villains in gangster films than little rico(robinson) or tom powers(cagney). both performances were star-making back in the early 1930s and they deserve to be. i still consider the grapefruit scene from "the public enemy" to contain quite an impact and i can understand how 1931's audiences were shocked by it. cagney's tom powers is one of those hoodlums who's destined to be thoroughly evil and vicious from the beginning. he shows no mercy when he's either shooting someone or threatening and carrying out violence. a splendid performance from james cagney.
"smart money" shows a slightly different side to the underworld as edward g. robinson builds up an empire based more on gambling than any other rackets. his character is also a lot more likeable and therefore, i spared a bit more sympathy for him at the film's conclusion. in the one and only on-screen teaming of the two actors, it's a shame that cagney and robinson didn't appear in more films together. they have good on-screen in "smart money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By edmonds on 8 Jun. 2014
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This is a really good deal - four films, including extras. The films are good quality and well-restored. The acting is first rate, and the extras add to the understanding of the background to each film. Plot-wise, the only sub standard one is Smart Money; all the rest are deservedly top notch.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Classic films from Classic era 15 July 2011
By Dr. James Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
When Movies Were Movies 7 Feb. 2013
By Jim Altfeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I love it! 30 Dec. 2013
By rogelio rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TCM Greatest Classic Film Collections-Gangsters 29 May 2013
By Timothy L Kellner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Classic Gangster movies with all the legendary actors, Cagney, Robinson and Bogart. Picture quality and sound were excellent on all movies.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic. 23 Sept. 2013
By Jacinta Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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