Warner Bros/First National (Hal B. Wallis & Darryl F.
W: Robert Lord & Francis Edward Faragoh [based on
the novel by W.R. Burnett]
DP: Tony Gaudio
Ed: Ray Curtiss
Mus: Erno Rapee (& David Mendoza)
Edward G. Robinson (Enrico 'Little Caesar' Bandello),
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Joe Massara), Glenda Farrell (Olga Stassoff), William Collier, Jr. (Tony Passa), Sidney Blackmer (Big Boy)
The original gangster movie, providing a breakthrough role for
Edward G. Robinson as the title character.
Enrico Bandello is a small time crook who moves to the big
city where his criminal empire grows, but at a cost.
The film pre-dates the original version of Scarface by two
years and is incredibly well done considering its age. Obviously, certain aspects have dated over time, but this is probably as good a film as possible for 1931, boasting a great cast, solid
direction and a fine screenplay. It's clear to see how this became an inspiration for later films in the genre.