SCARFACE (aka SCARFACE: THE SHAME OF A NATION) (PG)
D: Howard Hawks
United Artists/The Caddo Company (Howard Hughes & Howard Hawks)
W: Ben Hecht, W.R. Burnett, John Lee Mahin & Seton I. Miller [based on the novel by Armitage Trail]
DP: Lee Garmes & L.W. O'Connell
Ed: Edward Curtiss
Mus: Gus Arnheim & Adolph Tandler
Paul Muni (Tony Camonte), Ann Dvorak (Francesca Camonte), George Raft (Guino Rinaldo), Boris Karloff (Tom Gaffney), Osgood Perkins (Johnny Lovo), Karen Morley (Poppy)
Adapted from a novel which was loosely based on the rise and fall of infamous mobster Al Capone, Scarface was released during the prohibition era and was considered at the time to be both gratuitously violent and that it glorified gangsters. In fact, Capone himself was a huge fan of the movie and cast member George Raft, a childhood friend of real life gangsters Ben Siegel and Meyer Lansky, became a surrogate style consultant, due to his participation in the film.
As for the movie itself, it may have been groundbreaking for the early 1930's, but it's incredibly tame by modern standards, and even in comparison to the 1983 remake (starring Al Pacino). For the time, it's incredibly well made, directed with some style and good performances. Influential and groundbreaking it may have been, but it's definitely weakened by age.