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    The Public Enemy

    Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers and Matt Doyle, rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But when one of their colleagues dies in a freak accident, a rival bootlegging faction senses weakness among Tom and Matt's gang...
    Duration: 83 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1931
    IMDb: 7.7
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  • Actors of "The Public Enemy"

  • Characters of "The Public Enemy"

    Tom Powers. Character of The Public Enemy
    Played by: James Cagney
    Gwen Allen. Character of The Public Enemy
    Played by: Jean Harlow
    Matt Doyle. Character of The Public Enemy
    Played by: Edward Woods
    Mamie. Character of The Public Enemy
    Played by: Joan Blondell
    Mike Powers. Character of The Public Enemy
    Played by: Donald Cook
    Nails Nathan. Character of The Public Enemy
    Played by: Leslie Fenton
    Ma Powers. Character of The Public Enemy
    Played by: Beryl Mercer
    Paddy Ryan. Character of The Public Enemy
    Putty Nose. Character of The Public Enemy
    Played by: Murray Kinnell
  • Directors of "The Public Enemy"

    William A. Wellman. Director of The Public Enemy
    William A. Wellman
    Birthdate: 29 February 1896, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
  • Creators of "The Public Enemy"

    Kubec Glasmon. Director of The Public Enemy
    Kubec Glasmon
    Birthdate: 12 August 1897, Raciaz, Poland
    John Bright. Director of The Public Enemy
    John Bright
    Birthdate: 1 January 1908, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "The Public Enemy"

    October 30, 2007

    There's no lace on this picture. It's raw and brutal. It's low-brow material given such workmanship as to make it high-brow.

    Time Out
    February 09, 2006

    Cagney's energy and Wellman's gutsy direction carry the day, counteracting the moralistic sentimentality of the script and indelibly etching the star on the memory as a definitive gangster hero.

    Chicago Reader
    January 01, 2000

    James Cagney's portrayal of a bootlegging runt is truly electrifying (he'd made five films, but this one made him a star), and Jean Harlow makes the tartiest tart imaginable.

    ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    January 14, 2016

    In spite of woodenness, creakiness in plot, and unintentional humor in printed piety, ' The Public Enemy,' a film of its time, was a sensation at that time, and is still not to be missed today.

    August 12, 2011

    This early sound film, which made a star of James Cagney, remains one of the most influential crime-gangster films ever made, establishing the basic narrative format of the popular genre.

    July 05, 2009

    Crime may not pay, but The Public Enemy was one of the first pictures to recognize that it sure can be exciting to watch.
    March 02, 2008

    Top notch Cagney gangster flick with memorable final scene.

    Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    December 15, 2007

    The film's juiciest scene has the misogynist Tom squeeze a half a grapefruit in his nagging girlfriend Kitty's (Mae Clarke) kisser.

    Empire Magazine
    October 30, 2007

    Still a classic of the gangster genre, showing neither glorifying the life nor pulling its punches.
    April 09, 2006

    Its success proved, if by then there was any doubt, that audiences will go for a charismatic lowlife over a dull hero any day of the week, a lesson Hollywood never forgot.

    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    February 20, 2006

    The implication is that there are hundreds, maybe thousands of guys like Tom Powers, little criminals living fast and dying hard.

    Arizona Daily Star
    January 20, 2006

    The film set the template for the likes of "Scarface" and "GoodFellas."

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