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The Roaring Twenties (1939) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Samuel Bischoff.

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Silents Are Golden: Flapper Culture in the Films of the Roaring Twenties

By Lea Stans on Apr 7, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silents Are Golden: Flapper Culture in the Films of the Roaring Twenties Having written about the famed flapper actress Colleen Moore in the past, I thought it?d be fun to examine 1920s screen flappers and the role cinema played in popular culture at the time. Hope you enjoy! Of all the cultur... Read full article


Watching 1939: The Roaring Twenties

on May 3, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


The Essential Films of 1939: The Roaring Twenties

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 1, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart run a bootlegging empire in The Roaring Twenties. The Director: Raoul Walsh. The Stars: James Cagney; Humphrey Bogart; Priscilla Lane; Gladys George; Jeffrey Lynn and Frank McHugh. Source Material: The short story, The World Moves On, by newspaper col... Read full article


The Roaring Twenties (1939)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 24, 2014 From 4 Star Films

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George Halley: [the men are taking cover in a bombed-out farmhouse, shooting at German soldiers somewhere off-screen. Lloyd takes aim at a German soldier, but hesitates, then lowers his rifle] Whatsa' matta', "Harvard," did you lose the Heine?
Lloyd Hart: No... but he looks like a kid, about 15 years old.
George Halley: -
[Aims his rifle and without any hesitation shoots the young German soldier]
George Halley: He won't be sixteen.
[Seconds later, a fellow soldier rushes in to tell them the war is over, the Armistice has been signed]


[after a shootout in the club, all the patrons run out in a panic and as the bodies are being carried out]
Eddie Bartlett: Where you going
Panama Smith: I'm looking for some excitement. There's a lull in the action


Panama Smith: I'm sick of watching you try to put out that torch you carry for her with a lot of cheap hooch. Who does the kid look like?
Eddie Bartlett: Like her.
Panama Smith: And they got a nice house.
Eddie Bartlett: Yeah, it's a nice house if you like that kind of a house, but for me, uh, I'll take a hotel anytime. You know that.
Panama Smith: Me too. Ain't it funny how our tastes have always run the same? Ever since the first time we met. I can just picture you living in the suburbs, working in a garden, raising flowers and kids. Wouldn't that be a laugh.
Eddie Bartlett: Yeah, wouldn't I look cute?


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The night of the premiere, producer Mark Hellinger received a telegram to help calm his nerves. The telegram read: From all the wonderful things I hear of The Roaring Twenties. I don't need to wish you good luck. Hope you don't suffer too much. Joan Crawford.
Mark Hellinger was relatively new on staff at Warner Brothers and had been given various B-picture writing and producing assignments. According to Hellinger's biography, after initially reading Hellinger's story for this film, studio head Jack L. Warner and Hal B. Wallis became so excited that they considered the project too good for Hellinger to produce. Hal B. Wallis became Executive Producer of the film and told Hellinger he would give him the title of Associate Producer. It wasn't until after the film was released that Hellinger saw that screen credit for Associate Producer had gone to Samuel Bischoff. It didn't matter to Hellinger, however, as the film was unanimously praised by critics and was a financial success. (Source: Biography "The Mark Hellinger Story" by Jim Bishop)
The world premiere was a formal affair held at the Warner Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. on Oct. 23, 1939. Attendees included Harry M. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, Darryl F. Zanuck, Louis B. Mayer, Joseph Breen, Walter Wanger and Mark Hellinger.
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