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The Roaring Twenties (23-Oct-1939)

Director: Raoul Walsh

Writers: Jerry Wald; Richard Macaulay; Robert Rossen

From novel: The World Moves On by Mark Hellinger (unpublished story)

Musical Director: Leo F. Forbstein

Keywords: Crime, Prohibition, Film Noir

American soldiers Eddie, George, and Lloyd return from the Great War finding their country changed and Prohibition beginning; chance brings Eddie and George into the bootlegging business, and Lloyd their lawyer. On Black Tuesday in 1929, Eddie loses his entire fortune with the stock market crash. Filmed on a relatively generous budget and with an excellent cast, but lacking the intensity of Cagney's earlier pre-Code gangster films.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Abner Biberman
1-Apr-1909 20-Jun-1977 Knock on Wood
Humphrey Bogart
25-Dec-1899 14-Jan-1957 Casablanca
James Cagney
17-Jul-1899 30-Mar-1986 New York tough guy
Gladys George
13-Sep-1900 8-Dec-1954 Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
Paul Kelly
9-Aug-1899 6-Nov-1956 Flying Tigers
Priscilla Lane
12-Jun-1915 4-Apr-1995 Saboteur
Jeffrey Lynn
16-Feb-1909 24-Nov-1995 Home Town Story
Frank McHugh
23-May-1898 11-Sep-1981 The Roaring Twenties
George Meeker
5-Mar-1904 19-Aug-1984 History Is Made at Night
Elisabeth Risdon
26-Apr-1887 20-Dec-1958 The Roaring Twenties
Joe Sawyer
29-Aug-1906 21-Apr-1982 Character actor 1930s to 1950s


James Cagney   ...   Eddie Bartlett
Priscilla Lane   ...   Jean Sherman
Humphrey Bogart   ...   George Hally
Gladys George   ...   Panama Smith
Jeffrey Lynn   ...   Lloyd Hart
Frank McHugh   ...   Danny Green
Paul Kelly   ...   Nick Brown
Elisabeth Risdon   ...   Mrs. Sherman
Ed Keane   ...   Henderson
Joe Sawyer   ...   The Sergeant
Joseph Crehan   ...   Michaels
George Meeker   ...   Masters
John Hamilton   ...   Judge
Robert Elliott   ...   First Detective
Eddie Chandler   ...   Second Detective
Abner Biberman   ...   Henchman
Vera Lewis   ...   Mrs. Gray
Narration by
John Deering   ...   Narrator


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