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Public Enemy (1931)

Director: William Wellman     Starring: Jean Harlow James Cagney
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40701369
UPC: 012569690622
UPC 14: 00012569690622
Category Keywords: Crime  Organized Crime  Recommended  Suspense  Thriller  Vintage
Rating: NR
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A feisty punk hits women, shoots men and runs beer during prohibition.

"...put Cagney on the map, and deservedly so...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
In William Wellman's classic crime film THE PUBLIC ENEMY, James Cagney does a star turn as Tom Powers, a trouble-ridden individual who rises from the position of cheap thug to that of a powerful Prohibition gangster. When his best friend is murdered, Powers self-destructively seeks deadly retaliation. He picks fights. He slaps women around. He roughs up speakeasy owners and tells them whom they'll get their hooch from and how much they'll order. Fists, kisses, and guns are the only things Tom knows. He eventually gets promoted to become the muscleman of mobster Nails Nathan (Leslie Fenton). But Tom's violent acts are about to catch up with him. After Tom guns down a cop, he's on the run. Later, thugs dump him, beaten, on the doorstep of his estranged and horrified family. It's only then that Tom realizes his decision to live the gangster life has been an irrevocable and deadly choice. Known as the picture that launched Cagney into stardom, THE PUBLIC ENEMY doesn't hold back from exposing the violence and tedium underscoring this ostensibly sexy life of crime. The screenplay, based on a story entitled BEER AND BLOOD by John Bright and written by Harvey F. Thew, was nominated for an Academy Award.


Video Features DVD, Mono Audio, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/25/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 82 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1931
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 66906
Video UPC UPC: 00012569690622
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Donald Cook
Video Cast Info Edward Woods
Video Cast Info James Cagney
Video Cast Info Jean Harlow
Video Cast Info Joan Blondell
Video Cast Info Mae Clarke
Video Cast Info Daryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Video Cast Info Devereaux Jennings - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Harvey Thew - Screen Adaptation
Video Cast Info John Bright - Story By
Video Cast Info Kubec Glasmon - Story By
Video Cast Info William A. Wellman - Director
Plot Summary
Tom Powers enjoys proving to others why he is the Prohibition era's public enemy number one. But things are about to change.

Memorable Quotes

"I ain't so tough."----Tom Powers (James Cagney)

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...Cagney is magnificent, totally dominating the screen..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 03/01/2000 p.84

Entertainment Weekly
"[S]eductively enthralling..." 01/28/2005 p.68

Los Angeles Times
"[Cagney] became a sensation with his searing performance as the streetwise gangster Tom Powers in this William Wellman classic." 01/23/2005 p.E10

The Motion Picture Guide 9 of 10
Frightening, obsessively fascinating... set the gangster genre for the 1930s, making a star of its p

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Cagney,James
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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