The Public Enemy (Dir. William A. Wellman 1931): Tom's bad way of life is constantly set up against his brother Mike's who has a job during the day and goes to night school. Mike will enroll in the Marines to fight in WWI. He will come back and will constantly try to put Tom back on the right path. White Heat (Dir. Raoul Walsh 1950): Cody Jarrett is the sadistic leader of a ruthless gang of thieves. Afflicted by terrible headaches and fiercely devoted to his 'Ma ' Cody is a volatile violent and eccentric leader. Cody's top henchman wants to lead the gang and attempts... to have an 'accident' happen to Cody while he is running the gang from in jail. But Cody is saved by an undercover cop who thereby befriends him and infiltrates the gang. Finally the stage is set for Cody's ultimate betrayal and downfall during a big heist at a chemical plant. Angels With Dirty Faces (Dir Michael Curtiz 1938): Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly were tough kids who grew up together in the toughest part of New York - Hell's Kitchen. Early on Rocky gets sent to reform school where he learns how to be a first class criminal. Jerry who had escaped from the law goes straight and becomes a priest. As adults they reunite in the old neighborhood: Jerry works with the kids who like he and Rocky could end up on either side of the law. Rocky has returned looking for a safe place to stay till he can get back into his old racketeering organization -- something that his old partner isn't anxious to have happen. Lots of rapid fire wisecracks roughhousing and gunfire ensues. The Roaring Twenties (Dir. Raoul Walsh 1939): After the WWI Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere. [show more]
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