Scarface (1932)

PG   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama


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An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.


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  • Karen Morley and Paul Muni in Scarface (1932)
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  • Ann Dvorak and Paul Muni in Scarface (1932)
  • Paul Muni in Scarface (1932)
  • Ann Dvorak and Paul Muni in Scarface (1932)
  • Ann Dvorak in Scarface (1932)

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11 March 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
9
| Ahead Of Its Time, Action-Wise
Action-wise, this movie was 60 years ahead of its time, at least in terms of the amount of action in it. I think it's safe to say most classic films, including the crime movies, are much slower in pace than today's fare. Not this one.

Since they didn't show much blood in these old films, it isn't gory but it is action- packed with few lulls. Paul Muni, as "Tony Camonte," the head gangster, is compelling and fun to watch. He's tough-as-nails until the end. The women n here - Ann Dvoark and Karen Morely - are interesting, too, as is one of Muni's sidekicks, a big dumb guy who was funny. Don't be fooled by the billing of George Raft and Boris Karloff. They got it because they turned out to be big names later. In this film, they have very small roles.

This is Muni's show, though, all the way and few actors could ham it up in his day like him. It's a wild ride for the full 93 minutes.

p.s. To anyone misreading my opening remarks: more action doesn't always mean more interesting. Some times it does; some times it doesn't.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Working titles for the film included The Shame of a Nation, The Menace, Yellow, Man is Strange and The Scar.


Quotes

Tony Camonte: Hey, hey. Get a name. Get a name.
Angelo: What's your name? No, no, I no wanna know what's your brother's name, I wanna know what's your name.
Angelo: Oh, you do, huh? Listen, I come on over there, I smack you right in the teeth! I get you, you brother...
Tony Camonte: Hey! ...
Angelo: ...


Goofs

When the Northside guys throw a body out of the car, it lands face down, but when Tony and the others look at the body, it is face up.


Crazy Credits

"This picture is an indictment of gang rule in America and of the callous indifference of the government to this constantly increasing menace to our safety and our liberty. Every incident in this picture is the reproduction of an actual occurence, and the purpose of this picture is to demand of the government: "What are you going to do about it?". The government is your government. What are YOU going to do about it?


Alternate Versions

Due to censorship requirements in several states, a second ending was shot after the film was finished, in which Camonte doesn't try an escape, but is sentenced to death and finally executed on the gallows. This alternate ending was shown only during the original 1932 theatrical run in certain states. All prints, home video, and television versions in current circulation use director Howard Hawks' ending, in which Camonte tries to escape and is shot down. The DVD includes the alternate ending as a bonus feature.


Soundtracks

Some of These Days
(1910)
Written by
Shelton Brooks
Played by Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra
Danced to by Ann Dvorak and Warner Richmond, Karen Morley and Paul Muni and other couples

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Genres

Action | Crime | Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller

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