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Scarface (1932) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson and produced by Howard Hawks and Howard Hughes.

Scarface was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1932.

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On DVD: Judith Anderson is Lady Scarface (1941)

By KC on Jul 23, 2019 From Classic Movies

Lady Scarface (1941) is entertaining, but it doesn’t live up to the promise of its title and star. Now available on DVD from Warner Archive, I went into this crime thriller expecting Judith Anderson to dominate the action as the titular criminal. This was not the case, and it was hard not to p... Read full article

Lady Scarface (1941)

By John Grant on Mar 6, 2019 From Noirish

US / 66 minutes / bw / RKO Dir: Frank Woodruff Pr: Cliff Reid Scr: Arnaud D?Usseau, Richard Collins Cine: Nicholas Musuraca Cast: Dennis O?Keefe, Judith Anderson, Frances Neal, Mildred Coles, Eric Blore, Marc Lawrence, Damian O?Flynn, Andrew Tombes, Marion Martin, Rand Brooks, Arthur Shields, Lee Bo... Read full article

Pre-Code Corner: Scarface ? An Anti-Gangster Picture?

By Kim Luperi on Nov 3, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Pre-Code Corner: Scarface ? An Anti-Gangster Picture? When I set out to research Scarface (1932) in the Academy?s Production Code Administration (PCA) files, I was met with an overwhelming amount of material; so much so that it took me five Tuesday evenings to conquer all 356 pages of this file, by ... Read full article

The Style Essentials--Michelle Pfeiffer Takes the Plunge in 1983's SCARFACE

on Nov 14, 2017 From GlamAmor

The style of the 1970s has been working its way back into fashion for some time now, and 2017 was the year it took over the trends. Everything from the decade seems to be the epitome of style right now. One example is all the menswear that has been popular throughout the year - appropriate consideri... Read full article

Scarface: The Shame of a Nation (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 17, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Gangsters, prohibition, Al Capone, the St. Valentine Day’s Massacre. It all sounds like some distant piece of folklore that by now is far removed from our modern day sensibilities. But when films like The Public Enemy, Little Caesar, and of course Scarface came out, these things were at the fo... Read full article

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Quotes from

Poppy: [while sitting at a table, Tony rubs his foot on Poppy's leg] Please, Tony! My stockings!
Tony Camonte: What's a matter?
Poppy: Well don't do that, Tony. They're brand new.
Tony Camonte: Hands off, eh?
Poppy: No... feet.

[Angelo is answering the phone for Tony]
Tony Camonte: Hey, hey. Get a name. Get a name.
Angelo: [speaking into telephone] What's your name? No, no, I no wanna know what's your brother's name, I wanna know what's your name.
Angelo: Oh, you do, huh? Listen, I come on over there, I smack you right in the teeth! I get you, you brother...
Tony Camonte: Hey! What's the matter? That's no way to talk. Talk nice. Tell him to state his business.
Angelo: Go state your business!
[hangs up phone]

Tony Camonte: I'm not hungry. Except for you. You got something I like.
Poppy: Yeah. I'm nice with a lot of dressing. You work fast, don't you Tony.

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Many of the events in the film are based upon the life of Al Capone and the Chicago gang wars of the 1920s. In order, the most prominent are: 1. Tony's killing of his boss, "Big Louie" Costillo, in the lobby of his club is based on Capone's involvement in the murder of his first boss, "Big" Jim Colosimo. 2. Guino (George Raft) comes into Tony's apartment wearing a flower in his coat lapel and we learn he killed rival boss, O'Hara. In real life, Capone's men killed Charles Dion O'Bannion in his flower shop. 3. The scene where Gaffney (Boris Karloff) leads a caravan of cars in a drive-by shooting at Tony in a restaurant was based on an incident in 1927 when Capone's rival, Hymie Weiss, did the same thing to him. 4. When Johnny Lovo tries to get Tony killed in a car chase. That comes from the demise of Capone's allies, the Genna Brothers. 5. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929.
The "serious" play in which Tony is so interested is an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's "Sadie Thompson".
The censors of the time thought that the film depicted that a life of crime was too easy and that Tony had still gotten away with his crimes. A second ending was shot, showing Tony being taken away by the police. He is then tried, found guilty and hanged. Paul Muni is not seen throughout this ending. Tony's sister's death scene was also re-edited, as it was felt that his affections toward her were not so brotherly. None of these changes satisfied the censors, so director Howard Hawks decided to abandon the changes and released it without censor approval. The movie's subtitle, "(The) Shame of a Nation", was added to deflect criticism on the same grounds.
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