(1932, Dir. Howard Hawks)

Very violent story (especially for the 1930s) of mob rule in Chicago. No one actually says the name “Capone”, but it’s implied. Has all the components of a great gangster film, including a compelling performance by Paul Muni. Also, despite the purported intentions of the film to not glamorize mobsters, it succeeds in doing just that before a rather weak ending where Muni radically and uncharacteristically turns yellow. Still beats the pants off the 1983 DePalma remake.



Posted on September 22, 2006, in Film log. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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