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The Roaring Twenties

Year:
Duration:
106 min (Turner library print)
Genres:
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
IMDB rate:
7.9
Director:
Raoul Walsh
Awards:
1 win
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1939-10-23
Filming Locations: Stage 19, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
James Cagney
Eddie Bartlett
Priscilla Lane
Jean Sherman
Humphrey Bogart
George Hally
Gladys George
Panama Smith
Jeffrey Lynn
Lloyd Hart
Frank McHugh
Danny Green
Paul Kelly
Nick Brown
Elisabeth Risdon
Mrs. Sherman (as Elizabeth Risdon)
Edward Keane
Henderson (as Ed Keane)
Joe Sawyer
The Sergeant - Pete Jones
Joseph Crehan
Michaels
George Meeker
Masters
John Hamilton
Judge
Robert Elliott
First Detective
Eddy Chandler
Second Detective (as Eddie Chandler)
Abner Biberman
Henchman - Lefty
Vera Lewis
Mrs. Gray
John Deering
Narrator (voice)
Eddie Acuff
Cabbie (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander
Bootleg Customer (uncredited)
Murray Alper
Fletcher's Mechanic (uncredited)
Robert Armstrong
Hatted Passerby Before Nightclub (uncredited)
Raymond Bailey
2nd Ex-Con (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
James Blaine
Club Doorman (uncredited)
Max Blum
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Wade Boteler
Policeman in Speakeasy (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Al Bridge
Ship Captain (uncredited)
Paul Bryar
Gangster (uncredited)
Nat Carr
Waiter (uncredited)
Glen Cavender
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Clay Clement
Bramfield (uncredited)
Ann Codee
Saleswoman (uncredited)
James Conaty
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ray Cooke
Orderly (uncredited)
Calvin Coolidge
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Corrigan
(uncredited)
Maurice Costello
(uncredited)
Kernan Cripps
Cop (uncredited)
Alan Davis
Vermont Man in Speakeasy (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Joe Devlin
Order-Taker (uncredited)
Robert Dobson
Lieutenant (uncredited)
Bill Elliott
Bootlegger (uncredited)
James Flavin
(uncredited)
Bess Flowers
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Curt Furburg
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Fred Graham
Henchman Eddie Pushes Over Railing (uncredited)
Creighton Hale
Customer (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon
Pianist (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh
Street-Cleaner (uncredited)
Sam Harris
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John Harron
Soldier (uncredited)
Eddie Hart
Store Doorman (uncredited)
Lew Harvey
3rd Ex-Con (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian
First Mate (uncredited)
Al Herman
Gorman Gin-Taster (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood
Pop (uncredited)
Al Hill
1st Ex-Con (uncredited)
Adolf Hitler
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth
(uncredited)
Stuart Holmes
Taxi Passenger (uncredited)
Herbert Hoover
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
George Humbert
Luigi (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham
Official in Montage (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers
Joe - The Bartender (uncredited)
Jane Jones
Singing Trio Member (uncredited)
Mel Kalish
Singing Trio Member (uncredited)
Don Thaddeus Kerr
Bobby Hart (uncredited)
Donald Kerr
Cabbie (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee
Cabbie (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick
Announcer (uncredited)
Mike Lally
Gangster (uncredited)
Alfred Linder
Foreman (uncredited)
George Lloyd
Singing Trio Member (uncredited)
Arthur Loft
Still Proprietor (uncredited)
Charles Marsh
Timid Man (uncredited)
Frank Mayo
(uncredited)
King Mojave
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Philip Morris
Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Mower
Guard (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wendell Niles
Announcer (uncredited)
Field Norton
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jack Norton
Drunk at Henderson Club (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley
Jailer (uncredited)
Oscar O'Shea
(uncredited)
David Oliver
(uncredited)
Emory Parnell
(uncredited)
William Pawley
Cabdriver (uncredited)
Lee Phelps
Bailiff (uncredited)
Paul Phillips
Mike (uncredited)
John J. Richardson
Sleeping Train Passenger (uncredited)
John Ridgely
Cabbie at Grand Central (uncredited)
Cyril Ring
Charlie (uncredited)
Warren Rock
Gangster (uncredited)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Don Rowan
Gangster (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno
Warehouse Boss (uncredited)
Cliff Saum
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre
Order-Taker (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John St. Clair
(uncredited)
Amzie Strickland
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan
Freighter Crew Member (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan
Eddie's Cellmate (uncredited)
Westbrook Van Voorhis
Narrator (uncredited)
Max Wagner
(uncredited)
Billy Wayne
Cabbie at Grand Central (uncredited)
Ben Welden
Tavern Proprietor (uncredited)
Dick Wessel
Fletcher's Mechanic (uncredited)
Leo White
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank Wilcox
Cabbie at Grand Central (uncredited)
Lottie Williams
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Norman Willis
Bootlegger (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson
Policeman (uncredited)
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Trivia
In an earlier crime film, Lights of New York (1928), the term "Roaring Forties" is used to describe the "fast lane" Times Square area of New York City. At the end of that film, a police officer says to the lead character, "Leave the roaring forties to roar without you". In Tin Pan Alley (1940), set at the turn of the 20th century, the term "The Roaring Forties" is then used to describe the area of the famous songwriting capital, in New York City, known as "Tin Pan Alley". "The Roaring Twenties" became a common term to describe an entire decade, with the popularity of this 1939 James Cagney / Humphrey Bogart classic.
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"Melancholy Baby", a pre-WWI song, was first introduced in the "tavern circuit" by William Frawley ("Fred Mertz" of I Love Lucy (1951)). A dominant tune in this film, it later surfaced in Johnny Eager (1941) and Scarlet Street (1945).
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During a late Saturday-night airing of this film in New York city on Channel 4, during July 1957, the story began with Eddie (James Cagney) taking Jean (Priscilla Lane) for an audition at the nightclub. Over half of the film had been cut. It turned out that cuts made previously to facilitate the showing of the film for a daytime telecast of 75 minutes, less commercials, were unable to be restored in time for this late-night showing. The film was not shown again on New York City TV in its entirety until 1960, and then on another channel.
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Goofs
When Eddie goes to the garage to ask for his old job back, he addresses the boss as "Mr. Fletcher". But on the closing cast list, the character (played by Joseph Crehan) is credited as "Michaels".
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Orientation of the actors during the audition scene.
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(at around 1 min) As the former sergeant (now a security guard) is locking up a gate after letting a car pass, the background is clearly a painted set (including phony light fixtures in 2-D).
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Quotes
Fletcher's Garage Mechanic: [Eddie, in his Army uniform, returns to his old place of employment - a garage - seeking to get his job back] That guy thinks he's gonna' get my job just because he's got a uniform on. He used to work here.
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Panama Smith: He's dead.
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George Halley: [Yet another soldier has dived into the shell hole for cover] There's ten thousand shell holes around here and everybody's gotta' come divin' into this one.
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