Public Enemy Movie Review 1931

Information and Film Reviews for Public Enemy the Movie

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Cagney's acting career was launched by this story of two Irish boys growing up in a Chicago shantytown to become hoodlums during the prohibition era. Tom (Cagney) and Matt (Woods) work their way up the criminal ladder, hooking up with molls Kitty (Clarke) and Mamie (Blondell) on their rise to the top. Harlow's a tough blonde who knows how to handle Cagney when he gets tired of Clarke. Considered the most realistic "gangster" film, Wellman's movie is also the most grimly brutal due to its release prior to Hollywood censorship. The scene where Cagney smashes a grapefruit in Clarke's face was credited with starting a trend in abusing film heroines.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 85 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Crime Drama, Gangs, War Between the Sexes, Great Death Scenes
Harvey Thew, John Bright, Kubec Glasmon
James Cagney, Edward (Eddie) Woods, Leslie Fenton, Joan Blondell, Mae Clarke, Jean Harlow, Donald Cook, Beryl Mercer
Devereaux Jennings
William A. Wellman


Natl. Film Reg. 1998.

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