The Roaring Twenties (1939 Crime, Drama, Film-Noir film) (Cagney/Bogart)

American crime thriller film starring James Cagney, Priscilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, and Gladys George. The film, spanning the periods between 1919 and 1933, was directed by Raoul Walsh and written by Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay and Robert Rossen. It was based on “The World Moves On,” a short story by Mark Hellinger, a columnist who had been hired by Jack L. Warner to write screenplays. The movie is hailed as a classic in the gangster movie genre, and considered an homage to the classic gangster movie of the early 1930s. The Roaring Twenties was the third and last film that Cagney and Bogart made together. The other two were Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and The Oklahoma Kid (1939). Three men meet in a shell hole during the waning days of World War I: Eddie Bartlett, George Hally and Lloyd Hart, and experience trials and tribulations from the Armistice through the passage of the 18th Amendment leading to the Prohibition period of the 1920s and the violence which erupted due to it, all the way through the 1929 stock market crash to its conclusion at the end of 1933, only days after the 21st Amendment brought an end to the Prohibition era. Following World War I, Lloyd Hart starts his law practice, George Hally, a former saloon keeper, becomes a bootlegger, and Eddie Bartlett, a garage mechanic, finds his old job filled. At the suggestion of his friend Danny Green, Eddie becomes a cab driver. While unknowingly delivering a package of liquor to Panama Smith, he is arrested. Panama is acquitted and after a short stint in jail, they go into the bootlegging business together. Eddie uses a fleet of cabs to deliver his liquor, and he hires Lloyd as his lawyer to handle his legal issues. He re-meets Jean Sherman, a girl he formerly corresponded with during the war while she was in high school, who is now an adult working at a nightclub. Eddie gives her a job singing in Henderson’s cabaret, where Panama is hostess. Eddie wants Jean as his wife, giving her an engagement ring that he asks her to hold until he’s saved up enough money to quit the criminal rackets. Cast Credited Cast 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 George Meeker as Harold Masters Paul Kelly as Nick Brown Elisabeth Risdon as Mrs. Sherman Edward Keane as Pete Henderson Joseph Sawyer as Sergeant Pete Jones Abner Biberman as Lefty John Hamilton as Judge Robert Elliott as First Detective Eddie Chandler as Second Detective Vera Lewis as Mrs. Gray John Deering as the Narrator

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