Director: Howard Hawks Cast: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley

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Completed in mid-1930, Scarface, based on Armitage Trail's novel of the same name, might have been the first of the great talkie gangster flicks, but it was held up for release until after that honor was jointly usurped by Little Caesar and Public Enemy. Paul Muni stars as prohibition-era mobster Tony Camonte, a character obviously patterned on Al Capone (whose nickname was "Scarface"). The homicidal Camonte ruthlessly wrests control of the bootlegging racket from his boss, Johnny Lovo (Osgood Perkins), and claims Lovo's mistress, Poppy (Karen Morley), in the bargain. But while Poppy satisfies him sexually, Tony has a soft spot in his heart only for his sister Cesca (Ann Dvorak). The film's finale is one of the longest and bloodiest of the 1930s, maintaining suspense and concern for the characters involved even though Muni has deliberately done nothing to make Tony likeable to audience. The grimness of Scarface is leavened by a few choice moments of black humor. Forced to leave a stage production of Rain in order to commit a murder, Tony returns to his theater seat and anxiously asks his buddies how the play came out. Some of the film's funniest moments belong to Vince Barnett as the mentally deficient, illiterate gangster secretary, who at one juncture gets so mad at a caller on the phone that he shoots the receiver. Scarface features a famous "'X' Marks The Spot" logo, inspired by news photos of gangland murders: whenever a character is killed, the letter "X" appears on screen in one form or another. Example: When a rival gangster (played by Boris Karloff) is killed at a bowling alley, the camera cuts to his bowling ball knocking down all the pins -- a strike, denoted, of course, by an "X." Producer Howard R. Hughes couldn't release Scarface until he toned down some of the violence, reshot certain scenes to avoid libel suits, added the subtitle "The Shame of the Nation" to the opening credits, and shoehorned in new scenes showing upright Italian-Americans banding together to wipe out gangsterism. After its first run, Scarface was completely withdrawn from distribution on Hughes' orders; the film would not be seen again on a widespread basis until it was reissued by Universal in 1979, shorn of 8 of its original 99 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2007
UPC: 0025195004473
Original Release: 1932
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 7,143

Special Features

Exclusive introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne; Rare alternate ending

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Muni Tony Camonte
Ann Dvorak Cesca Camonte
Karen Morley Poppy
George Raft Guino Rinaldo
Boris Karloff Gaffney
C. Henry Gordon Guardino
Osgood Perkins Johnny Lovo
Purnell Pratt Publisher
Vince Barnett Angelo
Inez Palange Mrs. Camonte
Edwin Maxwell Chief Detective
Tully Marshall Managing Editor
Maurice Black Sullivan
Paul Fix Gaffney Hood
Howard Hawks Man in Hospital Bed
John Lee Mahin MacArthur of the Tribune
Hank Mann Worker
Dennis O'Keefe Dance Extra
Charles Sullivan Actor
Harry Tenbrook Bootlegger
Harry Vejar Big Louis Costillo
Henry Armetta Pietro
Bert Starkey Epstein

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gus Arnheim Score Composer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Douglas Biggs Editor
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Edward A. Curtiss Editor
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Howard R. Hughes Producer
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Lewis William O'Connell Cinematographer
Harry Oliver Production Designer
Fred Palsey Screenwriter
Adolph Tandler Score Composer

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Scarface 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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this film was possibly the best i have seen. it is an unforgettable classic, and deserves to be watched by anyone that is a fan of gangsta' films. this is a must-see.
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