Gangsters and G-Men on Screen: Crime Cinema Then and Now by Gene D. Phillips

By Gene D. Phillips

Whereas the gangster movie can have loved its heyday within the Nineteen Thirties and '40s, it has remained a film staple for nearly so long as cinema has existed. From the early motion pictures of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Edward G. Robinson to fashionable types like Bugsy, Public Enemies, and Gangster Squad, such motion pictures catch the brutality of mobs and their leaders.
In Gangsters and G-Men on reveal: Crime Cinema Then and Now, Gene D. Phillips revisits probably the most renowned and iconic representations of the style. whereas this quantity deals new views on a few proven classics—usual suspects like Little Caesar, Bonnie and Clyde, and The Godfather half II—Phillips additionally calls awareness to a couple of the unheralded yet no much less invaluable movies and filmmakers that characterize the style. increasing the viewer's concept of what constitutes a gangster movie, Phillips deals such strange offerings as you just stay as soon as, Key Largo, the woman from Shanghai, or even the 1949 model of the good Gatsby. additionally incorporated during this exam are more moderen ventures, akin to smooth classics The Grifters and Martin Scorsese's The Departed.
In his analyses, Phillips attracts on a couple of assets, together with own interviews with administrators and different artists and technicians linked to the flicks he discusses. Of curiosity to movie historians and students, Gangsters and G-Men on monitor also will attract an individual who desires to higher comprehend the flicks that characterize an enormous contribution to crime cinema.

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24 Except for This Gun for Hire, Glass Key is arguably his finest achievement. Brian Baxter notes that This Gun for Hire is “one of Hollywood’s great, underrated thrillers. . indb 37 7/9/14 12:04 PM CHAPTER FOUR play Raven opposite Veronica Lake (Sullivan’s Travels). At five feet, five inches tall, Ladd had a perfect match in Lake, who was five feet, two inches tall. Furthermore, they had an on-screen chemistry that made them a boxoffice sensation. Tuttle managed to commandeer an experienced cinematographer, John Seitz, who had photographed Valentino’s breakout movie, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921).

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Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915). That same year, he directed his first gangster picture, Regeneration, which demonstrated what he had learned working as an apprentice to Griffith. Walsh went on to make some fine action movies during the sound period. In 1939, he joined forces with James Cagney for The Roaring Twenties, an important gangster picture that recalls The Public Enemy. ”18 In the original screenplay, no explanation was provided for the cruelty of the character played by Cagney, Cody Jarrett.

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