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Public Enemy / Enemies Of The Public

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.50 /10
James Cagney , Edward Woods, Jean Harlow
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Directed by: William Wellman
Written by: Harvey Thew, from a story by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright

Released: 1931
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 84

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A grim and terrible document, with no attempt to soften or humanize the character. Of all racketeer films it is the most brutal and least like movie fiction. for this reason it is the most arresting... Cagney... triumphs.

(Norbert Lusk, Picture Play)

Roughest, toughest and best of the gang films to date. It's low-brow material given such workmanship as to make it high-brow.


The real power of The Public Enemy lies in its vigorous and brutal assault on the nerves and in the stunning acting of James Cagney.

(James Shelley Hamilton)

Cagney was playful and dynamic, and so much more appealing than the characters opposed to him that audiences rooted for him in spite of themselves.

(Martin Quigley Jr, 1970)

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