I didn't know you could do so much in 93 minutes, there's everything going on: a perfect dramatization that keeps the false-psychologizing to a minimum, a near-demonic pacing and violence that veers from the breakneck machinegun shootouts to the stasis of a greek tragedy at the very end, great acting (watch the secretary) and an economy of storytelling that wraps everything up in bits of almost self-contained events.
A true classic and seminal to its genre. Faster-paced and harder-edged than most films of its era, and laced with dark humor - the only thing sharper than Howard Hawks' direction is Ben Hecht's screenplay. Even nearly 80 years later it maintains its innovation and intensity.
Far more effective, subtle, and exciting than the 1983 remake. Howard Hawks' breakthrough film remains a towering classic of American cinema. Everything works so well here, and once the film finds its footing it's an inescapable experience. The performances, dialogue, and cinematography are all top notch and there are so many brilliantly staged sequences. Highly recommended.
Mundi, portraying the narcissist Tony superbly. carries much of the quality of this film. It's a good film overall, but it's not as special as I hoped. Nice decoration and production, a clear message and entertaining storyline, just nothing really new when compared to similar films of the time. I can imagine gangster/maffia fans could really dig this one though.