5.0 out of 5 stars 193O GANGSTER EPIC.
The rise and fall of a vicious gangster. This is the landmark film that launched the gangster movie cycle, a powerful movie that chronicled for the first time in talkies the sleazy and slick underworld, epitomised by a snarling and ambitious creature with no redeeming virtues, Robinson, in the role which was forever identified with him. Eddie is a dedicated killer and...
Published on Nov 11 2002 by scotsladdie
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Transfer for This Classic Gangster Yarn
"Little Caesar" (1931) is a slightly off kilter recanting of the Al Capone story, told under the auspices of not so pure fiction. Chicago nobody, Caesar Enrico Bandello (Edward G. Robinson) acquires a toe hold in Sam Vettori's (Stanley Fields) mob. In no time he's muscled Sam out of his digs and bumped up against rival thug, Little Arnie Lorch (Maurice Black)...
Published on Mar 5 2005 by Nix Pix
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Little Caesar (1931) ... Edward G. Robinson ... Mervyn LeRoy (Director) (2005)",
This review is from: Little Caesar (DVD)First National Pictures presents "LITTLE CAESAR" (25 January 1931) (78 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Rico joins Sam Ventori's gang --- He replaces Sam as leader, pushes rival gang leader Arnie Lorch out of town, then goes after the job of next-higher-up Pete Montana --- He accepts when "Big Boy" offers him that prize but his sights are set higher still and also on his best friend Joe's girl Olga.
Edward G. Robinson makes it so entertaining! --- Robinson, like James Cagney, can dominate a film --- He certainly does that in this film -- Edward G. is in top form.
Under the production staff of:
Mervyn LeRoy [Director]
W.R. Burnett [Novel]
Robert N. Lee [Continuity]
Francis Edward Faragoh [Screen version & dialogue]
Hal B. Wallis [Producer]
Tony Gaudio [Cinematographer]
Ray Curtiss [Film Editor]
1. Mervyn LeRoy [Director]
Date of Birth: 15 October 1900 - San Francisco, California
Date of Death: 13 September 1987 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
2. Edward G. Robinson [aka: Emmanuel Goldenberg]
Date of Birth: 12 December 1893 - Bucharest, Romania
Date of Death: 26 January 1973 - Hollywood, California
the cast includes:
Edward G. Robinson ... Little Caesar - Alias 'Rico'
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Joe Massara
Glenda Farrell ... Olga Stassoff
William Collier Jr. ... Tony Passa
Sidney Blackmer ... Big Boy
Ralph Ince ... Pete Montana
Thomas E. Jackson ... Sergeant Flaherty
Stanley Fields ... Sam Vettori
Maurice Black ... Little Arnie Lorch
George E. Stone ... Otero
Armand Kaliz ... De Voss
Nicholas Bela ... Ritz Colonna (as Nick Bela)
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 78 min on DVD ~ First National Pictures ~ (01/25/2005)
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Transfer for This Classic Gangster Yarn,
This review is from: Little Caesar (DVD)"Little Caesar" (1931) is a slightly off kilter recanting of the Al Capone story, told under the auspices of not so pure fiction. Chicago nobody, Caesar Enrico Bandello (Edward G. Robinson) acquires a toe hold in Sam Vettori's (Stanley Fields) mob. In no time he's muscled Sam out of his digs and bumped up against rival thug, Little Arnie Lorch (Maurice Black). After some fast talking and slick shooting, Caesar emerges the kingpin of kingpins; a magnet for hard-hitting smart talking success or, if you prefer, the antithesis of the American dream. Shrewd and ever growing suspicious and paranoid, Caesar eventually finds both his niche and his downfall in Olga Strassoff (Glenda Farrell), a little bit of something who weaves her magic like a spider. Along with "The Public Enemy", this film established the Warner in-house style for social consciousness and nail-biting drama.
Director, Raoul Walsh seems to know his way around a gat in this yarn about gangsters and vixens, but in retrospect, this film lacks the immediate fireball response generated by "The Public Enemy."
Warner's DVD transfer falls short of expectations. Though the gray scale is often nicely balanced, the image quite often reflects a decidedly soft characteristic that is blurry on the eyes. Age related artifacts are persistent and sometimes distracting. At times the image quality is quite unstable, changing from generally smooth and nicely contrasted to wildly grainy image quality from shot to shot. Vertical lines and a tears crop up throughout the film and, while not present for very long, nevertheless distract. The audio is mono and generally pleasing, though background hiss is quite noticeable. Extras include a commentary by Richard Jewell that is just average, a newly produced featurette and Leonard Maltin doing his thing with "Warner's Night at the Movies." The 1954 re-release trailer is also included.
2.0 out of 5 stars Little Story,
Even fans of this movie should consider the fact it is expensive for VHS. I wouldn't buy "Little Caesar" on VHS anyway, I would wait for it on DVD if you like it.
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but i dont think this is a great gangster film,
3.0 out of 5 stars It has aged tremendously,
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Perpignan
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Caesar: Little in Height Only,
At the beginning of the film, Robinson is Rico Bandello, the 'Little Caesar.' He drifts into Chicago and invites himself as a member of the ruling gang. Even then, with nothing but his gravitas and physical presence, he could take words that were meant to be conciliating and twist them into a snarl laden with menace. What I found interesting was that whenever Robinson went face to face with an adversary, Robinson forced him to look down at his own diminutive height as if to say, 'Your size means nothing, fool.' It becomes soon clear that the mob boss will surrender his place through default. Rico Bandello manages to cram into little more than an hour a case study in the ephemerality of the solitary gangster who relies more on his brutal personality than on some hired brains to run his criminal enterprise.
On a technical note, the sound track was at times incomprehensible, an excusable flaw since sound engineering had just begun the year before. Further, the dialogue sounds incredibly cliched, but again, to the audience of 1930, Rico's words were jarringly original. When a gasping, dying, Little Caesar spits out as a last snarl of defiance, 'Is this the end of Rico?', Edward G. could not have known that his ending of this gangster film was but the prologue of a series of crime movies that are as popular today as when Rico Bandello lay on a filthy street, shocking America with his surprisingly emotional epitaph.
5.0 out of 5 stars 193O GANGSTER EPIC.,
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