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The Public Enemy

James Cagney star's 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.

Details

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Released: Apr 23rd, 1931
Budget: N/A
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Rating:
Runtime: 83 Minutes
Genres: Action / Crime / Drama
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The Public Enemy Main Cast

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James Cagney
James Cagney
plays Tom Powers
Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow
plays Gwen Allen
Edward Woods
Edward Woods
plays Matt Doyle
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
plays Mamie
Donald Cook
Donald Cook
plays Mike Powers
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Because of the famous grapefruit scene, for years afterward when dining in restaurants, fellow patrons would send grapefruit to actor James Cagney, which - almost invariably - James Cagney would happily eat.
  • The machine gun attack on Cagney and his best friend Matt Doyle actually used real machine gun bullets. An expert with the gun stood 15 to 20 feet away from the target, and when Cagney's face disappeared behind the corner of the wall, he opened fire and created that tight circle of machine gun bullets.
  • Further connection to the O'Banion reference is the bad guys in the film are led by "Schemer Burns" which is an obvious reference to the real life "Schemer Drucci", who was part of the North Side Gang led by O'Banion.
  • Movie Goof (crew or equipment visible): Mic shadow (apparently disguised with leaves) in early scene where girl trips while roller skating.
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