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The Roaring Twenties

Eddie Bartlett (James Cagney), George Hally (Humphrey Bogart), and Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey Lynn) are three American soldiers during WWI who become friends. Once the war is over and each goes his separate way, Eddie finds out what had happened to his country during the past couple of years. His buddy finds him a job driving his cab part time for a while, but then he begins a lucrative career in bootlegging ...

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Released: Oct 28th, 1939
Budget: N/A
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The Roaring Twenties Main Cast

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James Cagney
James Cagney
plays Eddie Bartlett
Priscilla Lane
Priscilla Lane
plays Jean Sherman
Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
plays George Hally
Gladys George
Gladys George
plays Panama Smith
Jeffrey Lynn
Jeffrey Lynn
plays Lloyd Hart
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Mark Hellinger was relatively new on staff at Warner Brothers and had been given various B-picture writing and producing assignments. According to Hellinger's biography, after initially reading Hellinger's story for this film, studio head Jack L. Warner and Hal B. Wallis became so excited that they considered the project too good for Hellinger to produce. Hal B. Wallis became Executive Producer of the film and told Hellinger he would give him the title of Associate Producer. It wasn't until after the film was released that Hellinger saw that screen credit for Associate Producer had gone to Samuel Bischoff. It didn't matter to Hellinger, however, as the film was unanimously praised by critics and was a financial success. (Source: Biography "The Mark Hellinger Story" by Jim Bishop (II))
  • Critics unanimously praised this film. James Francis Crow of the Hollywood Citizen-News opened his review with "This is not just another Warner Brothers gang war drama ..." Sidney Skolsky wrote: "A great hunk of entertainment ..." The Hollywood Reporter said: "The pace is furious ..." Boxoffice wrote: "It will roar its way across showmen's ledgers leaving a trail of black figures and satisfied customers."
  • This marked the end of James Cagney's cycle of gangster films for Warner Bros. Cagney wanted to diversify his roles and would not play a gangster again until White Heat, ten years later.
  • The final line of the movie spoken by the character, Panama Smith (Gladys George) has been ranked by AFI and others as the #1 last line of a gangster movie. In response to a police officer's query, "What was his business", Panama answers as she holds Eddie (James Cagney) on the stairs of the church, "He used to be a big shot."
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