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Warner Brothers Illegal The Big Steal Film Noir Double Feature starring Edward G Robinson Robert Mitchum Jane Greer – Save 9% Today!

Illegal  The Big Steal Film Noir Double Feature starring Edward G Robinson Robert Mitchum Jane Greer

Why Buy A Illegal The Big Steal Film Noir Double Feature starring Edward G Robinson Robert Mitchum Jane Greer?
D.A. Edward G. Robinson turns to defending lowlifes in a snappy remake of The Mouthpiece. On the lam, down Mexico way: Out of the Pasts Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer reteam, Don Siegel directs in The Big Steal.

Format: DVD MOVIE
Genre: DRAMA
Rating: NR
Age: 085391150268
UPC: 085391150268
Manufacturer No: 115026

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  • D.A. Edward G. Robinson turns to defending lowlifes in a snappy remake of The Mouthpiece. On the lam, down Mexico way: Out of the Pasts Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer reteam, Don Siegel directs in The Big Steal. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: NR Age: 085391150268 UPC: 085391150268 Manufacturer No: 115026

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Good Double-Feature, Especially ‘The Big Steal’
You get your money’s worth on this film-noir double feautre. Let’s start with the more entertaining of the two films:

THE BIG STEAL – As a team, Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer are pretty well-known, at least to classic film fans, for their pairing in “Out Of The Past,” but I thought they were a lot more fun to watch in this particular film noir, which I waited a long time to see on a nice DVD transfer.

This movie is almost one long chase scene, with people in three vehicles all on the move….with a neat twist at the end. There is the typical 1940s budding romance in which the two parties do nothing with insult each other until the end. Sometimes that gets really old but in here it isn’t, maybe because Greer has so many good lines.

It’s also fun to see the old cars racing around hairpin curves, although the special effects are really dated. The fight scenes didn’t look too realistic, either. Hey, I didn’t say it was technically a great movie…..just a fun one to watch. Equally entertaining were two of the other people in on the chases: William Bendix and Patric Knowles.

ILLEGAL – This movie may not look like a film noir, but there are some great film noir-type lines here, like the one I used in the subject head. I heard at least a dozen that I almost laughed out loud at because they were so good and/or clever. This is a not a “B” film with its dialog and terrific cast.

I agree it’s not one that is terribly exciting, either, but it has more than its share of good points. One good starting point is the star: Edward G. Robinson. It’s tough to knock a film with him in the lead. It’s a little talky but there are some dramatic, surprising moments, too, with Robinson’s “Victor Scott,” doing some things you have to see to believe.

Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe and Albert Dekker are all good in key roles, but I found it more interesting at times to see familiar faces in the supporting characters. Actors such as Ellen Corby (“Miss Hinkel”), DeForest Kelley (“Edward Clary”), Edward Platt (“Ralph Ford”), Jayne Mansfield (“Angel O’Hara”), Henry Kulky (“Taylor), Jan Merlin (“Andrew Garth”) and a few others, were all fascinating. I liked Corby, in particular. You may not know all their names, but you know their faces. Kelley starred for years on “Star Trek” and Platt was the boss in “Get Smart.” In Mansfield’s case, you know more than just her face!

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Where To Buy Warner Brothers Warner Bros Pictures Tough Guys Collection Bullets or Ballots City for Conquest Each Dawn I Die G Men San Quentin A Slight Case of Murder starring James Cagney Ann Sheridan Edward G Robinson Jane Bryan George Raft At The Lowest Price?

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Why Buy A Warner Bros Pictures Tough Guys Collection Bullets or Ballots City for Conquest Each Dawn I Die G Men San Quentin A Slight Case of Murder starring James Cagney Ann Sheridan Edward G Robinson Jane Bryan George Raft?
Say Warner Bros. in the 30s and youre talking, first and foremost, about the tough, gritty, urban, street-smart movies that help define that American decade for us. Which means youre talking about James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and Humphrey Bogart: unpretty but charismatic guys with lived-in faces, and bodies that always seemed cocked, ready to spring. When one of them entered a room, he owned it, no matter how many people were there already. Their most celebrated habitat was the gangster picture. The genre didnt originate with them, but they, more than anybody else, defined it, gave it a face and a silhouette and a heartbeat.

The films in this set were produced half a decade and more after Little Caesar and The Public Enemy made stars of Robinson and Cagney, respectively, and after repeal had begun to lend Prohibition the patina of nostalgia. The studios gangster franchise was evolving, and so were the careers of its top stars. When it came to toughness, the boys could still dish it out, and take it, too. But increasingly they were doing it on the other side of the law-and-order divide.

Cagney was first to reform. In 1935s G Men he plays a lawyer put through college by the avuncular neighborhood crimelord. After a law-school pal turned F.B.I. agent is murdered, Cagney abandons his (resolutely legit) one-man practice and joins the Bureau. The film memorializes several big moments in F.B.I. legend, but whats grabbiest is the personal drama growing out of Cagneys lingering underworld friendships. William Keighley directs the murders and shootouts with jolting ferocity, Barton MacLane and Edward Pawley supply flavorful villainy, and there are times when Sol Politos cinematography literally glows (all these films have been restored, but G Men looks especially terrific). One gripe: The movie should have been presented without the F.B.I.-classroom intro tacked on for 1949 reissue (which belongs under Special Features).

In Each Dawn I Die (also Keighley, 1939), Cagney teams with George Raft making his Warners debut. Its mostly a prison picture, with muckraking reporter Cagney behind bars after being framed by crooked politicos. Career felon Raft has little sympathy for him till Cagney proves to be a stand-up guy, whereupon the two bond in mutual loathing of sadistic guards, rat-fink convicts, and the endlessly malleable system. The movie boasts one indelible scene (involving a movie screening for the cons), some evocative prison workhouse detailing, and a fine Cagney performance as always. But its undone by a script cluttered with melodrama and contrivance.

Bullets or Ballots (Keighley yet again, 1936) is much more satisfying. Again we get two icons for the price of one, with Robinson as a tough but square-shooting police detective and Bogart as the ambitious number-two man to a big-time racketeer. Bogarts effectively the co-star, albeit fourth-billed behind Robinson, Joan Blondell, and Barton MacLane. But its Eddie G.s movie, and he walks the line beautifully as an honest cop who, unjustly jettisoned from the force, signs on with the mobster hes long pursued. Despite a rhetorical reference to ballots as the publics means of combatting crime, its bullets that get the job done. Bullets and fists: the movie makes clear that Robinson has beaten confessions out of people plenty of times, just as it has no illusions about the empty symbolism of crime commissions and grand juries.

The only other Bogart vehicle in the set is San Quentin (Lloyd Bacon, 1937), a scrap-work effort below the standards of everybody involved. Bogarts a small-time crook whose arrest at a nightclub occasions a meet-cute for his big sister Ann Sheridan and Army training officer Pat OBrien–whos on his way to become yard captain at the penitentiary where Bogart will be interred! OBrien tries to reform the lad, but with corrupt/sadistic guard Barton MacLane on one side and sociopathic con Joe Sawyer on the other, Bogart never has a chance. Neither does the viewer.

Lloyd Bacon, normally one of Warners zippiest directors, is back on his game with A Slight Case of Murder (1938), a delicious gangster comedy. Robinson plays beer baron Remy Marco, who craves respectability as a legitimate businessman once beer is legal again. Problem is, nobody has ever had the heart to tell him his product tastes like varnish, and soon the bank is out to foreclose on his brewery. At which point Remy learns that his summer home upstate is full of fresh gangland corpses…. Based on a play by Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay, the picture gives a trio of glorious goons–Allen Jenkins, Edward Brophy, and Harold Huber–a rare chance to shine as Marcos house staff.

City for Conquest (1940) ought to be the showpiece here. Its the longest and most ambitious entry, with prestige-picture scale and production values (including Polito and James Wong Howe as cameramen) and a cast including Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Arthur Kennedy, Frank McHugh, Donald Crisp, Anthony Quinn, Jerome Cowan, and–in his first of only two film performances–future directorial giant Elia Kazan. Working-stiff Cagney loves his gifted musician brother (Kennedy) and childhood sweetheart (Sheridan), a dancer with her own aspirations for the limelight; he becomes a boxer in order to pay for the brothers musical education. Triumph and tragedy ensue. The films avowed aim, and Kennedys, is to create an urban symphony of New York and the many little people striving against all odds to rise; theres even a one-man Greek chorus–Frank Craven, the Stage Manager of the recent Our Town–to hammer the theme periodically. But over the previous decade Warners honest, hard-charging, small-scale movies had collectively achieved that symphony, without the pompous flourishes Anatole Litvaks direction brings to the project. Heres hoping DVD showcases more of them. –Richard T. Jameson

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  • Packin A Punch.and Packin Heat! On the heels of the success of the Warner Bros. Gangster Collection, the Warner Bros. Tough Guys Collection delivers six all new to DVD Classics featuring Hollywoods greatest Academy-Award winning Tough guys – James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Edward G. Robinson. Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION Rating: NR Age: 012569679528 UPC:&nbs

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Tough guys abound in a wide variety of films
This is a great and worthy companion to the Warner Gangsters Collection. However, this collection of films is much more varied than what you found in the Warner Gangsters bunch of films. It’s not so much that we have a pre/post code comparison here of how Warner handled tough guys and gangsters in their films – there were only two precode gangster films in the Gangsters collection. Instead, we have WB’s top three tough guys of the 30′s – James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and Humphrey Bogart – taking the lead in a variety of roles and films that often aren’t about guys that are gangster tough, or even cop tough for that matter.

Edward G. Robinson stars in “Bullets or Ballots” and “A Slight Case of Murder”. In the first film, he is the hard-working cop turned out to pasture by a past associate the minute that associate gets a promotion. Now, suddenly past offers for employment by underworld figures in return for big bucks look pretty good. Will Robinson’s character turn against the system and department he has worked for his whole career? In “A Slight Case of Murder” Robinson ably shows his hand at dark comedy as a gangster who is made legitimate by the end of prohibition. Now he can sell his beer legitimately. The only problem is, nobody has the heart to tell him that his beer is awful.

James Cagney, Warners’ number one gangster picture star of the 30′s, shows up in three films. In “G Men” he is a lawyer who decides to go to work for the F.B.I. His education was bought and paid for by a local mobster, and thus his new associates are suspicious of him although Cagney’s legal career has been on the up-and-up. This is an action-packed film with Cagney as a new G-Man who eventually has his loyalties to his old friends somewhat tested. “Each Dawn I Die” has Cagney as a crusading journalist set up on a manslaughter charge and wrongly sent to prison by the corrupt officials he was trying to expose. Month after month passes as he is sure he will be vindicated and released – but nothing happens. Only his convict friend – played by George Raft – who escapes while Cagney is inside, can find the witness that can free him. But will Raft’s character bother to keep his promises once he is out? Cagney gives a top-notch performance of a straight guy turned bitter and hopeless as he realizes he may never get out of prison. Cagney’s final film in the set “City for Conquest” is a very good film that has little or nothing to do with tough guys and a lot to do with tough breaks and melodrama, all of which Cagney’s character gets. He and Ann Sheridan are sweethearts in a tenement district. Ann seeks escape from poverty with her dancing skills, Cagney with his boxing. Unfortunately, Cagney’s character runs across a corrupt boxer who rubs a corrosive material into his gloves to temporarily blind Cagney so he can win the match. It works a little too well as Cagney’s blindness is more than temporary. This film is a real tear-jerker that is a favorite of mine.

Finally, Humphrey Bogart headlines a very short “San Quentin” at only 70 or so minutes in length. Bogart is a tough-as-nails convict who believes that his special treatment by Pat O’Brien – captain of the yard at San Quentin – may be because he is exchanging Bogart’s treatment for his sister’s romantic favors, to put it politely. However, Bogart’s character has misunderstood the entire situation. The two knew each other and began falling for one another before Bogart’s character even went to jail. He decides to escape and give O’Brien the 38-calibre reward he thinks he deserves for dishonoring his sister. Will he come to his senses in time?

Bogart shows up as a supporting player in “Bullets or Ballots” in this set and as a supporting player in several films in the Warner Gangsters Collection. It’s hard to believe that Humphrey DeForest Bogart – now recognized as the greatest actor of the 20th century – had to spend a decade slumming at Warner Bros. in supporting roles before his talent was finally recognized for what it was in 1941′s “High Sierra”. The rest, of course, is history.

In summary, this really is a great set of films supplemented by Warner’s Night at the Movies treatment, commentaries on the films by film historians, and various featurettes on the gangster genre. Highly recommended.

Warner Bros. Pictures Tough Guy’s Collection
If you remember Million Dollar Movie or the Late Show (New York & N.J.) You will love this box set, Picture quality and sound are excellent. This is a “MUST HAVE” in any collection. …

BEWARE OF DUPLICATION OF TITLES!!!
Beware – titles in this box-set originally issued in 2006 are identical to the more recently issued WARNER GANGSTERS COLLECTION VOLUME 2.
Major disappointment as family members purchased both sets as Christmas presents for me this year.
Other than that the titles are just dandy – preference depends on which box art you find more appealing.

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Joan Blondell A Life between Takes Hollywood Legends by Matthew Kennedy – Save 34% Today!

Joan Blondell A Life between Takes Hollywood Legends by Matthew Kennedy

Why Buy A Joan Blondell A Life between Takes Hollywood Legends by Matthew Kennedy?
Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes is the first major biography of the effervescent, scene-stealing actress (1906-1979) who conquered motion pictures, vaudeville, Broadway, summer stock, television, and radio.

Born the child of itinerant vaudevillians, she was on stage by age three. With her casual sex appeal, distinctive cello voice, megawatt smile, luminous saucer eyes, and flawless timing, she came into widespread fame in Warner Bros. musicals and comedies of the 1930s, including Blonde Crazy, Gold Diggers of 1933, and Footlight Parade.

Frequent co-star to James Cagney, Clark Gable, Edward G. Robinson, and Humphrey Bogart, friend to Judy Garland, Barbara Stanwyck, and Bette Davis, and wife of Dick Powell and Mike Todd, Joan Blondell was a true Hollywood insider. By the time of her death, she had made nearly 100 films in a career that spanned over fifty years.

Privately, she was unerringly loving and generous, while her life was touched by financial, medical, and emotional upheavals. Meticulously researched, expertly weaving the public and private, and featuring numerous interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes traces the changing face of Twentieth Century American entertainment through the career of this extraordinary actress.

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Biographing Blondell
A long-overdue treatment of a wonderful star, lovingly rendered and meticulously researched. It’s about time this lady gets the attention she so richly deserves.

One of the good ones.
This is one of the good celeb bios. When you’re through, you feel you know something about Blondell. When I was young, Joan Blondell was a houseohold word. Everybody knew who she was, even though she wasn’t as big a star as Davis, Crawford et. al. Yet she was a touchstone of sorts — she’s a regular Joan Blondell, or she’s the Joan Blondell type. Those were quips I remember hearing. It was always a treat to see her in a movie or on TV, and she had a way of cropping up where you least expected to see her. And when she did, everybody knew who she was and everybody loved her. There wasn’t a phony bone in her body and that came across in everything she did and said. I remember reading an interview with her in the Sunday New York Times back when she was doing the Moon Marigolds (or whatever it was), the part she didn’t like. But she handled it like a pro and in the article, the writer stated that Joan Blondell was one of the few celebrities she had ever interviewed who was not a disappointment in real life. That says it all, really. For all of her misfortunes, she never lost track of who she was, and it never made her bitter or self-pitying. In this day of nonsense publicity and mud-slinging and back-biting, it is refreshing to read about someone who handled fame as well as Joan Blondell. This book gives you the details and let’s you see the woman she was.

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Where To Buy The Flowered Thundermug by Alfred Bester At The Lowest Price?

The Flowered Thundermug by Alfred Bester

Why Buy A The Flowered Thundermug by Alfred Bester?
Alfred Bester skewers the 20th Century in this piercing science fictional look back at our age from a remote future. Join the Artsy-Crafty Kid, Jane Tarzan, Edward G. Robinson, and other characters on an adventure beyond our wildest reality!

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Can’t beat this Bester bargain
What if in some distant future all they knew about us was from old Hollywood films, and just bits and pieces of them at that? What if those people then decided to build their society around those fragments?
Take that basic premise, throw in a crime spree, a few Hollywood stars, Bester’s masterful writing and slightly quirky sense of humor and what you have is a quick(Under 50 pages) fun read.
While I wouldn’t put this in the same class as The Stars My Destination and The Demolished Man it is a must for any fan of his work and although I would have prefered this to be released in a collection of his works, the fact it is reasonably well priced, eases any discontentment I may feel on that matter.

Bester at his best…
Alfred Bester was a master at the short story with a twist type of tale. Most of his stories feature likable but bizarre characters and psychological twists. The story featured in this small tome (48 pages) is a good example of his work. It looks like Bester neglected to copyright this story and that’s why someone chose it to be packaged on its own in a well produced paperback? Anyway, this story can be found in one or two of Bester’s anthologies. It’s worth reading, but whether it’s worth paying 5 bucks for on its own is up to each customer.

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Warner Brothers Warner Gangsters Collection, Vol. 1 (The Public Enemy / White Heat / Angels with Dirty Faces / Little Caesar / The Petrified Forest / The Roaring Twenties) starring Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Leslie Howard, Jean Harlow – Save 60% Today!

Warner Gangsters Collection, Vol. 1 (The Public Enemy / White Heat / Angels with Dirty Faces / Little Caesar / The Petrified Forest / The Roaring Twenties) starring Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Leslie Howard, Jean Harlow

Why Buy A Warner Gangsters Collection, Vol. 1 (The Public Enemy / White Heat / Angels with Dirty Faces / Little Caesar / The Petrified Forest / The Roaring Twenties) starring Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Leslie Howard, Jean Harlow?
For a knock-out combination of timeless entertainment and vintage studio history, you cant do much better than The Warner Brothers Gangsters Collection. In the 1930s and 40s, Paramount specialized in glossy comedies, MGM popularized lavish musicals, Universal produced signature horror classics, and Fox scored hits with sophisticated dramas. But it was Warner Bros. that generated controversy–if not always box-office profits–with so-called social problem films, and that meant gangsters. When viewed in their pre- and post-Prohibition context and in chronological order (Little Caesar and The Public Enemy, 1931; The Petrified Forest, 1936; Angels With Dirty Faces, 1938; The Roaring Twenties, 1939; White Heat, 1949), these six films definitively capture Warners domination of the mobster genre, and to varying degrees, they all qualify as classics.

With its stilted visuals and pulpy plot, Little Caesar remains stuck in the stiff, early-sound era, but its still a prototypical powerhouse, with Edward G. Robinsons titular Rico setting the stage for all screen gangsters to follow. The Public Enemy made James Cagney a star (who can forget him smashing a grapefruit into Mae Clarkes face?), and Humphrey Bogart repeats his Broadway success in The Petrified Forest, a stagy adaptation of Robert Sherwoods play, still enjoyable for Bogeys ever-threatening malevolence. Then its a Cagney triple-threat in Angels (with Pat OBrien), racketeering in The Roaring Twenties (with Bogart), and especially the jailbird classic White Heat, with a fiery finale and an exit line (Made it Ma! Top o the world!) that epitomized Cagneys iconic, tough-guy image. In many ways Cagney was Warner Bros., and this Gangsters Collection pays enduring tribute to him and the important films that forged the studios rugged reputation. –Jeff Shannon

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The Crooks come home to Roost!
Warners has put six of its’ best gangster flicks into this first volume of “Gangsters”,and many still pack a mean wallop.
“The Public Enemy”(4 stars),referred still mistakenly by many today as just “Public Enemy”,stars James Cagney as Tom Powers,his two girlfriends Mae Clarke as Kitty and Jean Harlow as Gwen,Ed Woods as his buddy Matt Doyle,his girlfriend Joan Blondell as Mamie,and others.The movie involves the story of Tom and Matt as two boys growing up on the mean streets of the big city and their first brushes as young kids with petty criminals and crime.As they grow up we see their graduation into the big time and their climb to success during prohibition as two of its’ biggest hustlers in the illegal distribution of homemade booze.Of course crime doesn’t pay and Tom gets his,in the end.Skillfully directed by William Wellman(Wings),this was Cagneys’ breakthrough part and put him solidly on the path to major stardom in short order.Originally Woods had the Cagney role but they were reversed due to Cagney’s powerful presence.This version has two minutes of restored footage re-inserted into it.It is definitely pre-code(/34)and is violent,with(still)quite shocking overt sexual moments and has the famous grapefruit in the kisser scene.
“Little Ceasar”(4 1/2 stars)released in August of /31,was Edward G.Robinson’s breakthrough role also.Robsinson gives a rivetting performance as Enricco Bondello who as a petty thief longs to be the number one man and one day starts on the path to become so.It is a slow climb up the ladder as he steps on many toes,displaces bosses and makes many enemies.When you’re at the top there is only one way to go and down and out Bondello goes in a hail of bullets;the only fitting end.Director Mervyn LeRoy(Wizard of Oz,Mister Roberts)nicely directs this taut gangster flick and Robinson gives an Oscar-caliber performance.It is absolute lunacy that Robsinson was never nominated for an Oscar in his entire career.He received an honourary one in /73 but died before getting it.
“Petrified Forest”(4 stars),released in Feb/36,stars wonderful British Actor Leslie Howard as Alan Squier who is hitchiking westward through Arizona when his journey brings him to a small cafe.Bette Davis as Gabrielle works as a waitress for her father,who dreams and longs to go to her mothers’ homeland of France.The two strike up a quick bond,much to the chagrin of her boyfriend Dick Foran(Boze).Enter Duke Mantee(Humphrey Bogart)as an arch criminal on the run trying to get to Mexico,who decides to use the cafe as a temporary lay over.In the end the law gets its’ man and Gabrielle gets her wish,with the help of Alan;in spirit.The film was originally a successful play starring Howard and Bogart.Howard retained the rights to the property and when Warners wanted Edward G. Robinson in the Mantee role he stubbornly balked and in the end won the day for Bogie.The mise en scene for the most part revolves around the cafe and a wonderful tension and atmosphere prevails the entire film.This was Bogies’ breaktrough film who literally dominates every scene he is in.
“Angels with Dirty Faces”(3 1/2 stars),released in Nov/38,stars James Cagney as Rocky Sullivan and Pat O’Brien as his buddy Jerry Connelly.We again see the rise of two friends during lean times as petty thieves.As Rocky continues on the path of crime doing major jail time over the years,his friend Jerry pursues a different course and becomes a priest in their old neighbourhood.Rocky returns to his old haunt and is looked up to by a local gang of youths(The Dead End Kids with Huntz Hall,Leo Gorcy,Gabriel Dell,et al).In the end Rocky gets caught and is sentenced to death in the chair.Jerry asks Rocky to act a coward in his final moments to turn the lives around of the admiring local kids.He does so and the final scene shows Jerry leading the boys off to Church.The film has top acting throughout and is well directed by Michael Curtiz(Casablanca).I have always had a major problem with this films ending.I just cannot see any justification in the script for anything that would remotely suggest in Rocky’s personality, that he’d turn yellow at the end just for the kids sake.See what you think.
“The Roaring Twenties”(4 stars),released in Oct/39,stars James Cagney as Eddie Bartlett,an out of work WW1 vet.Unable to get his old job back or ANY employment he eventually turns a burgeoning cab business into hauling bootleg booze.He hires his WW1 buddy Jeff(Lloyd Hart)as his lawyer.Along the way he meets up with another WW1 pal George( Humphrey Bogart),who comes into business as a partner.George gets other ideas along the way and double deals Eddie.Priscilla Lane stars as Jeannie,the girl who can never return Eddies’love and Gladys George as Panama Smith,who loves Eddie but again never in turns receives the love she wants from him.In the end,Eddie goes out in a blaze of glory.The movie almost runs like a documentary and is a telling comment on the times and how such behaviour amongst other wise good people could have developed.Skillfully directed by Raoul Walsh(Sadie Thompson) the movie really packs a powerful punch in its’ portrayals and Gladys George is an especial stand out.
Finally “White Heat”(4 stars),released in Sept/49,stars James Cagney as Cody Jarrett.He leads a rag tag bunch of criminals who loyalties are suspect to say the least.Cody is married to Verna(Virginia Mayo)who doesn’t love him and is coddled by his dominant mother(Margaret Wycherly).The gang opens the film by pulling a train heist and spends the rest of the movie fleeing from the law.The law is persistant and when they threaten to capture Cody he gives himself in in another state on a lesser(time)indictment.While in the pen a plant by the name of Eddie(Edmond O’Brien) befriends Cody.Suspicious at first Cody finally comes to trust him.In the end Cody is surrounded on top of a gas storage tank,now completely out of his mind, with his mother dead and the truth about Eddie now revealed.Raoul Walsh again directs this gangster flick and Cagney plays a wide range of character personality quirks to a tee.His last gangster flick had been ten years before and it was “The Roaring 20s”.
Technically, although many of these films do show their age,they have been transferred very well by Warners.All the DVDs contain the same general line up of extras which include things like the trailers,snippets of vintage newsreels,featurettes,commentaries and of course those wonderful vintage cartoons.
All in all this is a collection worth owning.It helps,but you do not have to be a gangster fan to enjoy the offerings here.The acting is all first rate and historically speaking they are important for it shows three of Hollywood’s biggest names,Cagney,Bogart and Robinson in their breakthrough roles.A fine collection on anybody’s shelf.

Asteal of a deal
This is the collection i have been looking forward to. It contians the classic elements of good and evil clearly envisioned by the writers,directors and actors. They are career starters for Cagney, Robinson and Bogart. It is easy to see why they went on to great careers. A must for all to have in a DVD collection

a must own dvd set
I got it and i love it and for the pirce you cant beat it go get it before they go away again and you have to buy them single
great packaging and all in great condition

One of the Most Well Rounded Films Sets Out There
Let me start off by saying that when I purchased this item it was on sale, at a price around 30 dollars.

The set contains all six DVDs in their own case. The cases are regular size, not the miniature ones that sets sometimes come in.

Most collections like this usually contain one or two filler films, that are not all that good but complete the set. This one does not. There is not a bad film in the bunch, which makes the collection. Possibly the worst film in the collection is The Petrified Forrest, however because it was the role that helped make Humphrey Bogart it is a treasure for his fans.

James Cagney is in four of these films (all but Cesar and Forrest) and I had never seen him in any before these. He is really good. Bogart is is three of the films, although in a small supporting role (Angels, Forrest, Twenties). Finally these 6 films are arguably 6 of the 7 best gangster films of the era. (If you purchase the original Scarface Scarface (Universal Cinema Classics) you will have the best of the 30′s gangster film). Those are the three most compelling reasons to purchase this set, Cagney, Bogie and the fact they are all highly regarded classics.

Once again for the price of 30 dollars you get 6 films. At that price with the quality of the films you can’t pass it up.

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