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You Dirty Rat! You Dirty Dirty Rat!!!!
You guys made me a fan of 30's gangster movies! Much better than I thought courtesy of Lew Ayres, Jimmy Cagney and Robert Elliott. A lot of stereotypical gangster slang and action, although in 1930 was that really slang yet????? In any event, I enjoyed the short movie. 80/100.
Sure could tell where Cagney was heading
I really enjoyed this film. But, I love all the old gangster films. This one had the aspect of feeling sorry for the Lew Ayer character in that, as one other reviewer mentioned, "No one leaves the gang." This film has plenty of action, as well as vengeance, betrayal, and infidelity. Yet, there is the touching love relationship with the two brothers Thank you, TCM for showing this film.
Cagney Easily Keeps Pace With Star Ayres
Watched during cime filled day lineup.Cagney is the guy Ayres wife really loves,gets her when the big boss buys it.Ayres really is a decent gangster,tries to rule fairly.Like him better than Muni in SCARFACE.Cop is good,too.Dwight Frye very effective "teacing a guy a lesson".Ayres must've been shredded by machine gun in ending.Learned the hard way no one leaves the rackets.
This Pic Belongs To Dwight Frye/James Cagney
Lew Ayres too mild and pretty.Cagney commands the screen,as in Public Enemy and Dwight Frye is a close second to Cagney as gangster.Too bad Frye didn't live to see a more successful career,dying young from heart attack.
FROM THE STUDIO THAT GAVE US THE PUBLIC ENEMY
- Patricia Gonzalez
Doorway to Hell (1930) boasts the BIGGEST shootout in a gangster film of the 1930's involving nearly 100 people outside of a brewery building.