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TCM Greatest Gangster Film Collection: Prohibition Era (Little Caesar / Smart Money / The Public Enemy / The Roaring Twenties)

Edward G. Robinson , Douglas Fairbanks Jr. , Alfred E. Green , Mervyn LeRoy    Unrated   DVD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gangster film Noir: April 24 2014
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I have this DVD and its quite good the quality is quite good and clear. It's in glorious B/W and the sound is good to. Well remastered from the original copies.
Its set in a different time and reveals what the gangsters were up to.Jimmy Cagney never looked better than this copy. I liked the films on it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Sale and defective Dec 11 2012
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I purchased this two disc double-sided set a month ago, and wanted to watch "The Roaring Twenties" tonite. The double-sided disc is improperly marked- therefore the film "Public Enemy" appeared instead. After 53 minutes of viewing
"TRT", the disc refused to play (on any dvd player) from chapters 15 thru 23.
The Amazon replacement mumbo jumbo sounds like I could have to pay the return postage (because I haven't a printed return label)to send back the dvd set. I've mailed dvds before by regular mail, and it cost over ten dollars (almost the cost of this dvd set), and not the $6.70 that Amazon might reimburse me. It's easier to keep the discs & say farewell to Amazon.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Purchased this as a Christmas gift and was very pleased with the price and the speed with which it was delivered. Haven't obviously played it yet, will do that after the holidays, but expect that is will be all that I expect.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic films from Classic era July 15 2011
By Dr. James Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
The 1930s was the decade of the gangster film - it began with Edward G Robinson's "Little Caesar" and Jimmy Cagney's "Public Enemy" and ended with Cagney and Bogart in "The Roaring Twenties" (1939). So the inclusion of these 3 films in one collection is memorable.

"Smarty Money", OTOH, is quite forgettable. As a historical film, we have Edward G Robinson, James Cagney, and Boris Karloff at the very starts of their careers ("Frankenstein" would be released about the same time as "Public Enemy"), all together in the same scene. Other than this, however, the film tends to be tedious.

Most of these films were based on real characters. "Little Caesar" was based on Al Capone and "The Roaring Twenties" was based on real life bootlegger Larry Fay, who was shot to death in 1932 by a doorman at his nightclub.

Edward G. Robinson (1893-1973) was making quite a name for himself in early gangster films like "The Hole in the Wall" (1929), "Night Ride" (1930) and the Lon Chaney re-make "Outside the Law" (1930), and on Broadway playing Nick Scarsi, a Capone-like gangster in a play entitled "The Racket". When "Little Caesar" was being cast, director Mervyn LeRoy was looking for someone that resembled Capone, so Robinson got the nod. Robinson would go on to play in 30 gangster films in a career that included 89 feature films (only Bogart exceeded him with 32 out of 79).

Jimmy Cagney (1899-1986) was one of the biggest stars of the 30s, was nominated for an Oscar for his work in "Angels with Dirty Faces" in 1938 and won for his 1942 portrayal of George M Cohan "Yankee Doodle Dandy". While he is best known for his gangster roles, the majority of Cagney's screen appearances were not as a gangster - he played an insurance salesman ("The Millionaire", 1931), an engineer ("Other Men's Women", 1931), a boxer ("Winner Take All", 1932), an auto racer ("The Crowd Roars", 1932), a Broadway producer ("Footlight Parade", 1933), etc. Indeed, Cagney often appeared in comedies (e.g., "Here Comes the Navy", "Hard to Handle", "Jimmy the Gent"), although it was his gangster films that earned him the rally big bucks.

Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) was an aging 37 year old who had failed to distinguish himself in more than a dozen films over a period of 8 years. Then he made a name for himself on Broadway playing a John Dillinger like criminal in "The Petrified Forest". Leslie Howard insisted Bogart get the part in the film, and he was a success, but continued to play second fiddle to Warner's biggest star (e.g., "The Oklahoma Kid", "Angels with Dirty Faces", "Dead End"), Jimmy Cagney. "The Roaring Twenties" was the last film in which Cagney and Bogart both appeared. Then in 1941 Bogart starred in "High Sierra" and "The Maltese Falcon" and from that point onward, Bogart became a big name star, eventually surpassing Cagney in 1943 on the tail of his performance in "Casablanca".

So here's a chance to see "the big 3" in their classic films that literally bookend the classic gangster period. Forget about "Smart Money" and just enjoy these 3 great films.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Movies Were Movies Feb. 7 2013
By Jim Altfeld - Published on Amazon.com
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No swearing. No blood. No guts. No special effects. No color. Yet still a great movie!! And with this package, you don't just get one great movie, you get FOUR! Cagney, Robinson, Bogart and Harlow are wonderful as are the story lines. Be interesting to try it out on your kids or grand kids to get their reaction. Even if they're bored out of their minds due to the lack of noise, blood and special effects, I am confident YOU will enjoy all four movies just as much as I did!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TCM Greatest Classic Film Collections-Gangsters May 29 2013
By Timothy L Kellner - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic Gangster movies with all the legendary actors, Cagney, Robinson and Bogart. Picture quality and sound were excellent on all movies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! Dec 30 2013
By rogelio rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like movies not only because they're entertaining, but also because they're pieces of history, you must have this collection. You should not only see each movie, but also play it again listening the historian commentaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Sept. 22 2013
By Jacinta Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Pre-Code Hollywood, a must have DVD, no complaints, TCM out did themselves. Excellent quality, add this to your Hollywood collection.
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