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Little Caesar (1931) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Darryl F. Zanuck.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by W.R. Burnett published in 1924.

Little Caesar was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2000.

Academy Awards 1930/31 --- Ceremony Number 4 (source: AMPAS)

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Best WritingFrancis Faragoh, Robert N. LeeNominated
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Little Caesar (1931)

By Raquel Stecher on Feb 18, 2013 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

image source Little Caesar (1931) is one of the original gangster films and influenced the movies in that genre that were to come. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and based on a novel by W. R. Burnett. Edward G. Robinson stars as Little Caesar aka Rico, a small time gangster looking to make it bi... Read full article


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Caesar Enrico Bandello: If you ain't out of town by tomorrow morning... you won't ever leave it except in a pine box.


Joe Massara:: We're in love with one another. Don't that mean nothing?
Caesar Enrico Bandello: Nothing. Less than nothing. Love. Soft stuff!


Caesar Enrico Bandello: Mother of mercy. Is this the end of Rico?

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The movie's line "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" was voted as the #73 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
The "Forward" that now appears on the beginning of the film was added for the 1954 re-release of Little Caesar and The Public Enemy as a combination package.
Despite the film's huge success, the book's author, W.R. Burnett, was furious that no actual Italians were cast in the film.
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Little Caesar

Released 1931
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