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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 ...

Details

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Released: Oct 28th, 1939
Budget: N/A
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Rating:
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Genres: Crime / Drama / Thriller
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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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  • 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.
  • Unlike the movie's Eddie Bartlett, Larry Fay died on New Year's Day of 1932. Dwindling finances had forced him to cut costs at his New York nightclub, the El Fay; after telling the doorman at the club that his pay was going to be reduced, the doorman pulled a revolver and shot Fay four times. Fay collapsed backward onto a sofa and died.
  • 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."
  • After the release of this film, producer Mark Hellinger received a telegram from New York that read: "We are all sitting here in the Stork Club discussing your new picture. We are glad The Roaring Twenties rates four stars and we wish we could be present to give you the remaining four-four. We love you. Walter Winchell, Louis Sobol, Damon Runyon, Rudy Vallee, Eddie Dowling, George M. Cohan, Sam Harris (IV), Frank Buck, Buddy G. DeSylva, James J. Walker, Ted Husing, Ricardo Cortez, Sidney Clare, Bert Wheeler, Bert Lahr, Marc Lachmann, Clem McCarthy, Mack Gordon, Curley Harris, Jay C. Flippen, Dan Parker, Murray Lewin.
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