The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties

Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane


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Based upon an idea by Broadway columnist Mark Hellinger, The Roaring Twenties opens during World War I as doughboys Eddie Bartlett (James Cagney), Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey Lynn), and George Hally (Humphrey Bogart) discuss what they will do when the war is over. Bartlett wants to go back to repairing cabs, and Hart yearns to be a lawyer, but it becomes clear that Hally has less reputable plans in mind for himself. Come the end of the war, things are not as easy for veterans like Bartlett as they should be. He is unable to get his old job back and ends up driving a cab for little money. One night he is asked to deliver a package (which turns out to be whiskey) to an address that turns out to be a speakeasy. This starts him on a life of crime, as he gets deeper involved as a bootlegger. Things are not made easy by a rival bootlegger -- who turns out to be Hally. The two join forces and prosper. Hart shares in their prosperity, as Bartlett engages him to take care of his legal matters. Unfortunately, Hart is also interested in Jean Sherman (Priscilla Lane), a young woman that Bartlett has had an eye on for quite some time. He loses her to Hart at about the same time that his criminal empire crumbles, and he is reduced to driving a cab again while Hally continues to prosper with his ruthless ways. Eventually, Hart -- now a crusading prosecutor -- runs afoul of Hally, who tells Jean that he will kill him if he doesn't change his ways. Jean begs Bartlett to intercede with Hally; because he still is carrying a torch for her, Bartlett agrees -- but by doing so, he may have signed his own death warrant.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/1999
UPC: 0027616734631
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Warner)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Eddie Bartlett
Humphrey Bogart George Hally
Priscilla Lane Jean Sherman
Jeffrey Lynn Lloyd Hart
Gladys George Panama Smith
Paul Kelly Nick Brown
Frank McHugh Danny Green
Elizabeth Risdon Mrs. Sherman
Edward Keane Pete Henderson
Joe Sawyer Sgt. Jones
Joseph Crehan Michaels
George Meeker Masters
John Hamilton Judge
Robert Elliott First Detective
Eddy Chandler 2nd Officer
Max Wagner Lefty
Vera Lewis Mrs. Gray
Harry C. Bradley Actor
Ray Cooke Orderly
Sam Harris Man in Club
Lew Harvey Ex-Con
Stuart Holmes Man for Turkish Bath
Donald Kerr Bobby Hart
Cyril Ring Charlie the Clerk
Elliott Sullivan Actor
Abner Biberman Henchman
John Deering Commentator
Eddie Acuff Cabdriver
Murray Alper 1st Mechanic
Raymond Bailey Second Man
James Blaine Doorman
Wade Boteler Policeman
Al Bridge Captain
Nat Carr Waiter
Clay Clement Bramfield, the broker
Ann Codee Saleswoman
Maurice Costello Actor
Joe Devlin Order-taker
James Flavin Actor
Fred Graham Henchman
Creighton Hale Customer
Bert Hanlon Piano player
John Harron Soldier
Raymond Harvey Ex-con
Harry Hollingsworth Actor
George Humbert Luigi, Proprietor
Milt Kibbee Taxi Driver
Arthur Loft Proprietor of still
Frank Mayo Actor
Philip Morris Policeman
Jack Norton Drunk
Pat O'Malley Jailer
Oscar O'Shea Actor
Emory Parnell Actor
Lee Phelps Bailiff
Paul Phillips Mike
John Ridgely Cabdriver
Jeffrey Sayre Order Taker
Billy Wayne Actor
Dick Wessel 2nd Mechanic
Frank Wilcox Actor
Lotta Williams Couple
Norman Willis Bootlegger
Al Hill Ex-con

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Bischoff Associate Producer
Eubie Blake Special Effects
Everett A. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Ernie Burnett Songwriter
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Byron Haskin Special Effects
Ray Heindorf Score Composer
Mark Hellinger Original Story
Isham Jones Songwriter
Gus Kahn Songwriter
Jack Killifer Editor
Jack Little Songwriter
Richard Macaulay Screenwriter
Dick Mayberry Asst. Director
Geroge A. Norto Songwriter
Max Parker Art Director
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Robert Rossen Screenwriter
John Siras Songwriter
Noble Sissle Songwriter
Jerry Wald Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
Joseph Young Songwriter

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The Roaring Twenties 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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this movie is without a doubt one of the top ten best gangster movies of all time.Cagney has that charisma that makes a person believe he is not just playing a character, but that he really is the character he plays. Until I was grown, I really thought he was a true to life gangster. No one, and I do mean NO ONE could play a GANGSTER like James Cagney.