The Public Enemy (1931)

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The Public Enemy
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TitleThe Public Enemy
Year1931
CountryUSA
GenreCrime (Movies)
CollectionMafia
Run Time1h 24 min
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As youngsters in 1900s Chicago, Irish-Americans Tom Powers and his lifelong friend Matt Doyle engage in petty theft, selling their loot to “Putty Nose”. Putty Nose persuades them to join his gang on a fur warehouse robbery, assuring them he will take care of them if anything goes wrong. When Tom is startled by a stuffed bear, he shoots it, alerting the police, who kill gang member Larry Dalton. Chased by a cop, Tom and Matt gun him down. However, when they go to Putty Nose for help, they find he has left town.

Tom’s straightlaced older brother Mike Powers tries, but fails, to talk Tom into giving up crime. Tom keeps his activities secret from his doting mother. When America enters World War I in 1917, Mike enlists in the Marines. In 1920, with Prohibition about to go into effect, Paddy Ryan recruits Tom and Matt as beer “salesmen” (enforcers) in his bootlegging business. He allies himself with noted gangster Samuel “Nails” Nathan. As the bootlegging business becomes ever more lucrative, Tom and Matt flaunt their wealth.

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The Public Enemy
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Cast:

James Cagney James Cagney
Tom Powers
Jean Harlow Jean Harlow
Gwen Allen
Edward Woods Edward Woods
Matt Doyle
Donald Cook Donald Cook
Mike Powers

As youngsters in 1900s Chicago, Irish-Americans Tom Powers and his lifelong friend Matt Doyle engage in petty theft, selling their loot to “Putty Nose”. Putty Nose persuades them to join his gang on a fur warehouse robbery, assuring them he will take care of them if anything goes wrong. When Tom is startled by a stuffed bear, he shoots it, alerting the police, who kill gang member Larry Dalton. Chased by a cop, Tom and Matt gun him down. However, when they go to Putty Nose for help, they find he has left town.

Tom’s straightlaced older brother Mike Powers tries, but fails, to talk Tom into giving up crime. Tom keeps his activities secret from his doting mother. When America enters World War I in 1917, Mike enlists in the Marines. In 1920, with Prohibition about to go into effect, Paddy Ryan recruits Tom and Matt as beer “salesmen” (enforcers) in his bootlegging business. He allies himself with noted gangster Samuel “Nails” Nathan. As the bootlegging business becomes ever more lucrative, Tom and Matt flaunt their wealth.

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