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The Public Enemy (23-Apr-1931)

Director: William A. Wellman

Writers: Kubec Glasmon; John Bright; Harvey Thew

Keywords: Crime, Prohibition

A small-time Irish gangster's career is on the rise in prohibition-era Chicago. Breakout role for Jimmy Cagney, who completely owns this picture. Originally, Edward Woods was cast as the lead, but director Wellman swapped the two. Pre-code, there is plenty of innuendo but the violence occurs off-screen.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Joan Blondell
30-Aug-1906 25-Dec-1979 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
James Cagney
17-Jul-1899 30-Mar-1986 New York tough guy
Donald Cook
26-Sep-1901 1-Oct-1961 Viva Villa!
Jean Harlow
3-Mar-1911 7-Jun-1937 Bombshell
Edward Woods
5-Jul-1903 8-Oct-1989 The Public Enemy


James Cagney   ...   Tom Powers
Jean Harlow   ...   Gwen Allen
Edward Woods   ...   Matt Doyle
Joan Blondell   ...   Mamie
Donald Cook   ...   Mike Powers
Leslie Fenton   ...   Nails Nathan
Beryl Mercer   ...   Ma Powers
Robert O'Connor   ...   Paddy Ryan
Murray Kinnell   ...   Putty Nose


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