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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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George Halley: [while running across the battlefield ablaze with an artillery barrage in progress, Eddie has just dived into a gaping shell hole for cover. He practically lands on top of another soldier who is already in the crater] Now, do you always come into a rat hole like that?
Eddie Bartlett: What do you want me to do, knock?


Lloyd Hart: [the men are taking cover in a bombed-out farmhouse, shooting at German soldiers somewhere off-screen] When is this "armistice" they've been talking about for the past four days?
Eddie Bartlett: That's just another rumor. This brawl's gonna' go on forever.
Lloyd Hart: If I ever get back, I'm gonna' have a swell law office in the Woolworth Building. Have it all picked out, on the 28th floor. Can see the whole city: the Bay, Brooklyn...
Eddie Bartlett: Whaddya' wanna' look at Brooklyn for?


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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Eddie Bartlett refers a couple of times to a "gilpin". This is a slang term for a stupid or gullible person, mostly known from the 1930s rather than 1919 when Eddie first uses it in the film.
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.
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."
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