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527 Ratings

The Roaring Twenties

Directed by Raoul Walsh
United States, 1939
Crime, Drama, Film noir


Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

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The Roaring Twenties Directed by Raoul Walsh
Along with Little Caesar (1931) and The Public Enemy (1931), The Roaring Twenties belongs in the holy trinity of archetypal gangster films made in Classic Hollywood it’s the best of the bunch, with is propulsive, no-nonsense direction by Raoul Walsh, who makes ample use of pans and push-ins for his first feature for Warner Bros.
September 14, 2016
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Walsh unfolds the practical details of bootleggers’ nocturnal maneuvers with quiet comedic flair alongside harrowing violence.
September 09, 2016
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Heading out to his final showdown with Bogart, the ruined Cagney pauses just long enough to wryly contemplate the empty beer mug on a saloon piano; moments later, Walsh on the steps of a church serves up a Pietà for the entire mythology of the gangster genre. (Consider White Heat a resurrection and a derangement.)
April 15, 2013
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