Film 195 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1931’s “The Public Enemy”. This William A. Wellman crime drama is based on John Bright & Kubec Glasmon’s novel “Beer and Blood” and is about a young man’s rise in the criminal underworld in prohibition-era urban America. What better film to watch on your 22nd birthday then this. Yes today is my birthday and I decided to go looking for DVDs in charity shops and I found this. This isn’t good. I’m falling asleep to it right from the start and the picture quality is so dark I can’t see a thing. From what I gathered Tom is a massive bully and his best mate Matt acts like he wants no part of any of this when we all know he does. Overall, not a fun film. Fun Fact of the Film – The scene of the machine gun attack on Tom Powers and his best friend Matt Doyle actually used real bullets. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1931’s “The Public Enemy”
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Year – 1931
Director – William A. Wellman
Written by – Kubec Glasmon, John Bright
Based On – “Beer and Blood” by John Bright & Kubec Glasmon
Staring – James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edwards Woods
IMDb Rating – 7.8/10
My Rating – Zzzz
Length – 80 min (1h 20min)
Genre – Crime, Drama
What’s with the “stare into the camera and pose” opening credits?
It’s 1909 and traffic is just as bad then as it is today
Just watching everyday folk work 9-5
I feel like I’m watching a documntary without any commentary
She just slammed the door in his face – “That’s what you get for fooling with women”
I am defeated by a fat man on an escalator
Tom and Matt decide to prank Matt’s sister by tripping her up with some string
Wait… Is Tom running a business at the age of 8?
Time for Tom to get a whippin’ from his dad
Tom and Matt then visit Red Oaks Tree youth hostle and chat with Putty Nose
Tom is trying to sell six stolen watches for money
50 cents for six watches
It’s 1915 and Tom and Matt return to the hostle to chat with Putty Nose again
Did that sign say “Don’t Spit on the Floor!”?
Do you mind shoving your ass in my face while playing pool?
Putty and his men tell Tom and Matt about a robbery their planning to steal fur
Putty then gives them guns as a reward for saying yes
I can only assume fur was really expensive back then
This fur company must have some rubbish security if they broke in easily
Limpy Larry has been shot by the police
Tom and Matt just killed the policeman!!
This film isn’t great!