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Public Enemy, The (1931) Movie Information

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Action, Crime





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William A. Wellman


James Cagney
Jean Harlow
Edward Woods
Joan Blondell
Donald Cook
Leslie Fenton





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Two friends grow up doing jobs for gangsters, and so they become gangsters themselves. -- sapien

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dukeakasmudge 09/25/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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1 of Cagneys best

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The ending was excellent. In fact, the entire movie was excellent.

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Gabe 11/26/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A good Warner Brothers gangster flick from the early thirties. James Cagney makes this one a little better than others, but it's not great by any means.

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01/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Public Enemy" by Yojimbo

James Cagney's breaking role sees him as one of the original "hoodlums", tracing his steps from young tearaway to enforcer during the prohibition years. Pretty much the template for every gangster film to come after, The Public Enemy was a groundbreaker that inevitably had its hands tied by the strict moralistic code that straight jacketed the industry at the time, which in retrospect can be seen to have been rather counterproductive. Without seeing the consequences of his violent crimes on-screen, the cocky and charismatic Cagney is actually quite an appealing character compared to his moralistic but seemingly self righteous and pompous brother. Particularly in the face of such a ridiculous law as prohibition. It has some very memorable scenes, especially the infamous "grapefruit" scene ...

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