- Actors: James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart
- Directors: Raoul Walsh
- Format: Black & White, PAL, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Run Time: 102 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CJVJ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This classic Warner Bros gangster movie matches up James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart for the third and final time. Three servicemen return from WWI to Prohibition-era New York, and end up running a bootlegging operation. Eddie Bartlett (Cagney) is ostensibly in charge of the business, with George Hally (Humphrey Bogart) his second-in-command, and Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey Lynn) his 'legal' advisor. However, Hally's ambition gets the better of him and he sets out to double-cross his erstwhile friends, in a power struggle that spans the decade.
Top Customer Reviews
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 between 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 last line is one of the great curtain calls...and if you don't feel your eyes moisten, you are made of stone.
Without giving anything away, it is about an important subject, made to combine the documentary style with the dramatic. The combination is seamless and flawless in every way including the acting, directing, writing, photography, and sound. The old songs from the twenties and thirties serve as the musical score. It would be impossible to make a film of this quality today no matter who would try to make it.
The DVD transfer is excellent because it is from the studio that made it, instead of some company you never heard of. The commentary is very interesting as well. This was the last great gangster film ever made.
As I said above, this film is for the intelligent film viewer, which means those who can appreciate a film made by artists who have talent as opposed to what you have now - which are not artists and only interested in money.
Cagney and Bogart who can ask for more.
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However with the introduction of the Volstead Act it is not long before two out the three friends are bootlegging booze and soon join forces and begin to run booze through the speakeasies of New York and across prohibition America, creating their own empire.
Inevitably this leads to not only trouble from the law, but also enticing a feeding frenzy of mobster sharks, who're also trying to monopolize New York's underground liquor racket. But the friends are tough and manage to see off all competition, that is until the biggest threat to the friends' empire comes in the unlikely form of a young female singer..
This is a great gangster film, that's up there with the best. Cagney plays the lead anti~hero, with Bogart as his sadistic partner. The feel and look of this are pretty much before it's time and The Roaring Twenties still has a lot of style even today. The support cast (especially George) do a fine job, even though you could argue that the dialogue makes it easy for them, written as well as it is!
Ultimately it's a rise and fall story, with the friends becoming enemies and a few other twists along the way, until the conclusion, which should satisfy most gangster film fans. With fans of Bullet in the Head (1990) ( Die xue jie tou ) ( Bloodshed in the Streets ) sure to see similarities.
After all, personally I think this is probably right up there with Cagney's best stuff..
The dvd version I saw was the TCM 'prohibition gangster collection'. The print was very clear.