The Roaring Twenties (1939)

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Movie Info

A pair of World War I buddies become underworld kingpins.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Macaulay, Robert Rossen, Jerry Wald
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2005
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Eddie Bartlett

as Jean Sherman

as George Hally

as Panama Smith

as Lloyd Hart

as Danny Green

as Mrs. Sherman

as Nick Brown

as Mrs. Sherman

as Pete Henderson

as Sgt. Pete Jones

as Luigi, Proprietor

as Bramfield, Broker

as Bobby Hart

as Orderly

as Mrs. Gray

as 1st Mechanic

as 2nd Mechanic

as Fletcher, Foreman

as Man in Club

as Bootlegger

as 1st Officer

as 2nd Officer

as Proprietor of still

as Cabdriver

as Ex-con

as Ex-Con

as Order Taker

as Policeman

as Order Taker

as Captain

as Masters

as Waiter

as Piano player

as Saleswoman

as Drunk

as Captain

as Henchman

as Doorman

as Taxi Driver

as Customer

as Charlie the Clerk

as Man in Club

as Commentator

as Soldier

as Taxi Driver

as Lieutenant

as Man for Turkish Bath

as Policeman

as Bailiff

as Cabdriver
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Critic Reviews for The Roaring Twenties

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

If Raoul Walsh didn't invent the Warners style, then he certainly brought it to its electric apex

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
CinePassion

A powerful story of wartime bonds and their staying power through the most adverse of circumstances.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Film and Felt

Dynamic, quintessential gangster film, wonderfully stylized by director Raoul Walsh,

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties charts the rise and fall of prohibition racketeer James Cagney from the trenches of the great war to the stock market crash of 1929. It's amazing that only 8 short years separate The Roaring Twenties and the simplistic moralizing and two dimensional characterisation of The Public Enemy. It is probably the blueprint for the modern gangster movie and is the equivalent of the likes of The Godfather or Goodfellas for its time. Cagney is at his very best as the morally "grey" but inherently decent mobster who finds himself caught up in the booze hungry fervor of the prohibiton years after returning from fighting for his country as part of a forgotten generation, unable to find any other way to earn a living. Things take a sinister turn when he makes an uneasy partnership with a brilliant Humphrey Bogart who makes such a fantastic asshole you end up wishing he played the bad guy a bit more often. A rather bland Priscilla Lane aside the cast are all spot on, and with the addition of some energetic shoot outs and a brilliant climax when Cagney finally has it out with a sneering Bogie, all set in historical context of the America at the time, you have a timeless crime classic.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Not my favorite Cagney, Bogart or Walsh, but still a solid gangster flick.Worth seeing for the historical narrative montages.

kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

This is a good movie about the 1920s, and a good gangster movie, with a good cast. I liked this movie.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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