The Roaring Twenties (1939)

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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.


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  • James Cagney and Gladys George in The Roaring Twenties (1939)
  • James Cagney and Priscilla Lane in The Roaring Twenties (1939)
  • Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney in The Roaring Twenties (1939)
  • James Cagney and Priscilla Lane in The Roaring Twenties (1939)
  • James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in "The Roaring Twenties," 1939 Warner Bros.
  • Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney in The Roaring Twenties (1939)

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14 November 2005 | ccthemovieman-1
8
| Interesting Foursome
Two of the most famous actors of their day - James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart - are featured here, along with two very interesting women (Priscilla Lane and Gladys George). That foursome would be fun to join anywhere.

Lane is the wholesome pretty girl and George is the tough female bar owner. The latter may not look as good but she delivers the best film noir lines in the movie near the end.

In addition, Jefferey Lynn is good as the clean-cut, nice-guy attorney and Frank McHugh draws laughs as Cagney's buddy (as in real life). Paul Kelly is convincing as a hood.

With this cast, you know you are going to get a well-acted movie. It moves at a good pace, too, with few lulls. The gangster language of the period was fun to hear.

The first time I saw this film I was disappointed. Maybe I expected too much. On the second viewing, I throughly enjoyed it. Having a great DVD transfer on the second viewing didn't hurt, either. It's a nice sharp picture.

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