The Roaring Twenties

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A pair of World War I buddies become underworld kingpins.

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James Cagney
as Eddie Bartlett
Priscilla Lane
as Jean Sherman
Humphrey Bogart
as George Hally
Gladys George
as Panama Smith
Jeffrey Lynn
as Lloyd Hart
Frank McHugh
as Danny Green
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Sherman
Paul Kelly
as Nick Brown
Elisabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Sherman
Edward Keane
as Pete Henderson
Joe Sawyer
as Sgt. Pete Jones
George Humbert
as Luigi, Proprietor
Clay Clement
as Bramfield, Broker
Donald Kerr
as Bobby Hart
Ray Cooke
as Orderly
Vera Lewis
as Mrs. Gray
Murray Alper
as 1st Mechanic
Dick Wessel
as 2nd Mechanic
Joseph Crehan
as Fletcher, Foreman
Norman Willis
as Bootlegger
Robert Elliott
as 1st Officer
Eddy Chandler
as 2nd Officer
Arthur Loft
as Proprietor of still
Eddie Acuff
as Cabdriver
Al Hill
as Ex-con
Lew Harvey
as Ex-Con
Joe Devlin
as Order Taker
Jeffrey Sayre
as Order Taker
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
Al Bridge
as Captain
Nat Carr
as Waiter
Bert Hanlon
as Piano player
Ann Codee
as Saleswoman
Alan Bridge
as Captain
Fred Graham
as Henchman
James Blaine
as Doorman
Milton Kibbee
as Taxi Driver
Cyril Ring
as Charlie the Clerk
Sam Harris
as Man in Club
John Deering
as Commentator
John Harron
as Soldier
Robert Dobson
as Lieutenant
Stuart Holmes
as Man for Turkish Bath
Philip Morris
as Policeman
Lee Phelps
as Bailiff
John Ridgely
as Cabdriver
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Critic Reviews for The Roaring Twenties

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Audience Reviews for The Roaring Twenties

  • Jun 05, 2011
    Cagney AND Bogart. Enough said.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2011
    Great flick with Cagney as a nobody who becomes a gangster & becomes somebody & then back to being nobody.Roaring Twenties might not be as good as Angels With Dirty Faces but it comes close.Bogart & Cagney are great together once again
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a good movie about the 1920s, and a good gangster movie, with a good cast. I liked this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2009
    In 1919, in the end of the World War I, the G.I. Eddie Bartlett meets George Hally and the student of Law School Lloyd Hart in a trench and sooner the war ends. Back in USA, Eddie is not able to find a job and is sustained by his great friend Danny Green, who offers Eddie to share his cab and make some money working as cab driver. Eddie decides to visit Jean Sherman, who had corresponded with him during the war and is crazy about him, and for his surprise, she is a teenager. In 1920, with the 18th Amendment, the Volstead Act is in force, beginning the period of the unpopular Prohibition. Eddie accidentally meets the owner of a speakeasy Panama Smith, they become close friends and she introduces him in bootlegging of liquor. Eddie becomes rich, meets Jean Sherman again and falls for her. He also raises a profitable partnership with George and Lloyd is hired as his lawyer. In 1924, bootlegging has a grown from individual effort to a big business associated with corruption, violence and murder, and the light machine gun Tommy becomes an important tool in this business. Lloyd and Jean fall in love for each other, and Eddie has a great deception. Later, on 19 October 1929 with the Black Tuesday, Eddie looses all his fortune, and when the Prohibition falls after thirteen years in force, he returns to the activity of cab driver. On the Christmas Eve, when he meets Jean again as a client of his cab, his life is leaded to a tragic end.
    †HorrorFan† . Super Reviewer

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