The Public Enemy

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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros.wikipedia
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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell.
Gangsters in films like The Public Enemy, Little Caesar, and Scarface were seen by many as heroic rather than evil.

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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell.
The list recognizes 3 films from 1931 & 1932 (Scarface, The Public Enemy & Little Caesar).

James Cagney

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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell.
He is best remembered for playing multifaceted tough guys in films such as The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), and White Heat (1949), finding himself typecast or limited by this reputation earlier in his career.

Edward Woods

The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell.
He is probably best known for his extensive role as Matt Doyle in The Public Enemy opposite James Cagney.

Donald Cook (actor)

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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell.
Cook is perhaps best known for his film roles in The Public Enemy (1931), Safe in Hell (1931), Baby Face (1933), and Viva Villa! (1934), as well as for his stage role as David Naughton in Claudia, which ran for a total of 722 performances on Broadway between 1941 and 1943.

Mae Clarke

The supporting players include Beryl Mercer, Murray Kinnell, and Mae Clarke.
She is widely remembered for playing Henry Frankenstein's bride Elizabeth, who is chased by Boris Karloff in Frankenstein, and for being on the receiving end of James Cagney's halved grapefuit in The Public Enemy.

William A. Wellman

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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell. Warner Bros. studio head Darryl F. Zanuck bought the rights to the novel and assigned director William A. Wellman to direct the film.
Wellman's other notable films include The Public Enemy (1931), the first version of A Star Is Born (1937), Nothing Sacred (1937), the 1939 version of Beau Geste starring Gary Cooper, Thunder Birds (1942), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Lady of Burlesque (1943), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), Battleground (1949) and two films starring and co-produced by John Wayne, Island in the Sky (1953) and The High and the Mighty (1954).

Joan Blondell

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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell.
Blondell was paired with James Cagney in such films as Sinners' Holiday (1930) – the film version of Penny Arcade – and The Public Enemy (1931), and was one-half of a gold-digging duo with Glenda Farrell in nine films.

Warner Bros.

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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell. Warner Bros. studio head Darryl F. Zanuck bought the rights to the novel and assigned director William A. Wellman to direct the film.
The studio's next effort, The Public Enemy, made James Cagney arguably the studio's new top star, and Warner Bros. made more gangster films.

Murray Kinnell

The supporting players include Beryl Mercer, Murray Kinnell, and Mae Clarke.
He was best known as the two-timing petty-larceny hood Putty Nose in The Public Enemy (1931).

Robert Emmett O'Connor

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In 1920, with Prohibition about to go into effect, Paddy Ryan (Robert Emmett O'Connor) recruits Tom and Matt as beer "salesmen" (enforcers) in his bootlegging business.
He is probably best known as the warmhearted bootlegger Paddy Ryan in The Public Enemy (1931) and as Detective Sergeant Henderson pursuing the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera (1935).

John Bright (screenwriter)

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The screenplay is based on an unpublished novel — Beer and Blood by two former newspapermen, John Bright and Kubec Glasmon — who had witnessed some of Al Capone's murderous gang rivalries in Chicago.
The most notable of these, Beer and Blood, became the 1931 film The Public Enemy starring James Cagney.

Kubec Glasmon

The screenplay is based on an unpublished novel — Beer and Blood by two former newspapermen, John Bright and Kubec Glasmon — who had witnessed some of Al Capone's murderous gang rivalries in Chicago.
He was nominated for Best Story with John Bright for The Public Enemy.

Jean Harlow

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The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell.
In 1931, loaned out by Hughes' Caddo Company to other studios, she gained more attention when she appeared in The Secret Six, with Wallace Beery and Clark Gable; Iron Man, with Lew Ayres and Robert Armstrong; and The Public Enemy, with James Cagney.

Beryl Mercer

The supporting players include Beryl Mercer, Murray Kinnell, and Mae Clarke.
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Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks was the original choice for Gwen Allen, a woman with self-confessed weakness for bad men.
Despite this, William Wellman, her director on Beggars of Life, offered her the female lead in his new picture, The Public Enemy, starring James Cagney.

Smart Money (1931 film)

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During filming, Cagney also made Smart Money, co-starring Edward G. Robinson, who had finished his breakthrough film Little Caesar.
Smart Money was shot after Robinson's signature film Little Caesar had been released and during the filming of Cagney's breakthrough masterpiece The Public Enemy, which is how Cagney came to play a supporting role.

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"I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"
The song features extensively in the 1931 prohibition gangster movie The Public Enemy starring James Cagney.

Leslie Fenton

He allies himself with noted gangster Samuel "Nails" Nathan (Leslie Fenton).
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Academy Award for Best Story

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At the 4th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story, losing to The Dawn Patrol.

Darryl F. Zanuck

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Warner Bros. studio head Darryl F. Zanuck bought the rights to the novel and assigned director William A. Wellman to direct the film.
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In 1989, an animatronics version of a scene from The Public Enemy was incorporated into The Great Movie Ride at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida.
The ride vehicle passed through the dark and seedy backstreets of a 1930s Chicago and past an audio-animatronic Tom Powers (James Cagney) in a scene from The Public Enemy.

Footlight Parade

Other films that they worked together on were The Crowd Roars (1932), Footlight Parade (1933) and He Was Her Man (1934).
Cagney had only fallen into his gangster persona when he and Edward Woods switched roles three days into the shooting of 1931's The Public Enemy.

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In 2001, the Sopranos episode "Proshai, Livushka" references scenes from the film which cause title character Tony Soprano to become overwhelmed by feelings of grief following his mother's death.
Chase had been fascinated by organized crime and the mafia from an early age, witnessing such people growing up. He also was raised on classic gangster films, such as The Public Enemy, and the crime series The Untouchables.

Maple Leaf Rag

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In 1930, it was featured in the gangster movie classic, The Public Enemy.