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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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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: [Eddie, in his Army uniform, returns to his old place of employment - a garage - seeking to get his job back. He speaks to his former boss] Hello, Mr. Fletcher.
Mr. Fletcher: [Surprised to see Eddie] Why, when did you blow in?
Eddie Bartlett: Just now. Sure good to be back.
Mr. Fletcher: I'll bet it is. What are you gonna' do?
Eddie Bartlett: Oh, rest up a couple of days, see a few of the boys, and then I'm ready to go to work.
Mr. Fletcher: That's fine. Whaddya' gonna' do? Where ya' gonna' work?
Eddie Bartlett: [Confused] Whaddya' mean, "Where am I gonna' work"? I was gonna' come back here.
Mr. Fletcher: Sorry, Eddie, I haven't got anything for you.
Eddie Bartlett: Now wait a minute. Maybe I'm in the wrong garage. What was that line you handed me about my job always waiting for me when I got back?
Mr. Fletcher: Times have changed, Eddie. That boy over there's been working almost two years. Whaddya' want me to do, can him just because you came back?
Eddie Bartlett: No... no, I couldn't ask you to do that, could I? All right... Thanks.


George Halley: [Yet another soldier has dived into the shell hole for cover] There's ten thousand shell holes around here and everybody's gotta' come divin' into this one.


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Critics unanimously praised this film. James Francis Crow of the Hollywood Citizen-News opened his review with "This is not just another Warner Brothers gang war drama ..." Sidney Skolsky wrote: "A great hunk of entertainment ..." The Hollywood Reporter said: "The pace is furious ..." Boxoffice wrote: "It will roar its way across showmen's ledgers leaving a trail of black figures and satisfied customers."
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."
A montage features a shot of gangsters bombing a storefront. This shot is actually an alternate angle of the bombing of a store in The Public Enemy, and the same shot is notably also used in a similar montage for Angels with Dirty Faces.
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