The Roaring Twenties


Time Out says

Marvellously mixing semi-documentary aspects with traditional genre motifs, Walsh's archetypal gangster thriller follows the fates of three WWI doughboys who return to an America plagued with unemployment: while Lynn goes straight, Cagney's the good guy reluctantly drawn into bootlegging and killing by a ruthless Bogart, and forever pining for good girl Lane while ignoring the attentions of George's tart-with-a-heart. Most impressive for its frantic pace and its suggestion that in times of Depression almost everyone is corruptible, it's also a perverse elegy to a decade of upheaval: that sense of sadness and waste is perfectly encapsulated by George's final line, laconically pronounced over Cagney's corpse, 'He used to be a big shot'.

By: GA


Release details

106 mins

Cast and crew

Raoul Walsh
Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay, Robert Rossen
James Cagney
Priscilla Lane
Humphrey Bogart
Gladys George
Jeffrey Lynn
Frank McHugh
Paul Kelly
Joe Sawyer
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