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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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The Roaring Twenties (1939)

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Quotes from

Panama Smith: Things have been pretty tough, haven't they?
Eddie Bartlett: They could be tougher. A guy in the cell with me was talkin' about bumpin' himself off. Until I get around to that, I'm doin' all right.


Eddie Bartlett: You always said you were going to take real good care of me, didn't you George?
George Halley: Wait a minute Eddie, I can explain!
Eddie Bartlett: Here's one rap you ain't gonna beat!
[fires twice]


George Halley: [Referring to The Sergeant, who rides roughshod over the men] Someday I'm gonna' catch that ape without his stripes on and I'm gonna' kick his teeth out.
Eddie Bartlett: [Mockingly looking George up and down] You must be quite a guy back home.
George Halley: [Shrugs nonchalantly] I do all right.


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The character of Panama Smith was partially based on actress and nightclub hostess Texas Guinan.
The final line of the movie spoken by the character, Panama Smith (Gladys George) has been ranked by AFI and others as the #1 last line of a gangster movie.In response to a police officer's query, "What was his business", Panama answers as she holds Eddie (James Cagney) on the stairs of the church,"He used to be a big shot."
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)
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