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4.0 out of 5 stars generally very good "warners" selection., 12 Oct 2011
jeremiah harbottle (Littlebourne, Kent.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Warner Gangsters Collection 4 [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
this latest selection in the "warner bros gangsters collection" is more of a showcase for edward g. robinson as these films prove that he was far more capable an actor that just playing gangsters. his role of dr. clitterhouse ranks as one of his finest and it's great to see robinson pitted against humphrey bogart once again. "the amazing dr. clitterhouse" film is easily the most effective in this dvd set.
regarding the other 3 films, "invisible stripes" is rather a routine affair with not much going for it. it has a workmanlike feel to it, with the dialogue, direction and acting all being competent but nothing more. it is however, a rare chance to see george raft in a leading role, considering how he squandered his chances of moving his career up a notch and that his very co-star in this film, humphrey bogart would end up accepting film roles that raft turned down. even so, given george raft's rather limited acting ability(putting it mildly), i'm hardly surprised that his career went into decline the way it did. no way is he as good a talent as cagney, bogart or robinson.
"larceny inc." is a largely unremarkable film that was made after the glory days of warner bros gangsters films were over. there isn't a lot to keep one watching and even edward g. robinson can't save this. "the little giant" is slightly better as it has decent production values at least and there are one or two laughs to be found somewhere, even if there aren't too many!
the feature-length documentary in this dvd set is fascinating as it covers all of the major gangsters films that were produced by hollywood during the genre's heyday of the 1930s.
i hope that more of these classic warner bros films finally surface on dvd as a lot of them are long overdue for release.
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