the public enemy 1931

Then you have the infamously insane director Cecil B. DeMille (not his only appearance on the list, by the way), who had blanks available to him but thought live ammunition looked more realistic. For the 1915 film The Captive, he wanted a scene wherein some soldiers shoot their way through a door with real bullets, because it would look cool as hell. Then for the next scene, they were to rush inside and continue the shootout with blanks. Want to guess what happened?

Yep, somebody forgot to swap out the real bullets and an actor got fucking killed.

In the decades to come, “squibs” to simulate bullet strikes were around but still expensive, and action movies began to run ads boasting that they’d used real bullets, the same way Tom Cruise movies now go on and on about how he does his own stunts. The studios would hire marksmen, and they’d have to carefully plan shots so that actors weren’t at risk even from a ricochet.

In William Wellman’s 1931 gangster film The Public Enemy, James Cagney (and everyone else on set) swears they shot up this corner a split second after he ducked around it …even though it seems like they could have easily created the effect with a clever edit. 

A few years later, Cagney was nearly shot on the set of the movie Taxi! and declared he wouldn’t work with live ammo ever again (he later helped found the Screen Actors Guild, which among other things cemented actors’ rights to not be literally fucking shot at during productions).

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The Bechdel Test is a popular and very simple test to judge movies on their level of representation. For a movie to pass: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. 

If you ever want to check if a film passes the test, check here. For now, under the cut are the links to movies made before 1970 that do pass. (more masterposts)

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Movie Genre: Gangster

The gangster movie came into being as a distinct genre in Prohibition America of the 1920S, when alcohol was banned and racketeers flourished. The crime films of the late 1920s and 1930s were updated to dramatic effect in the mob movies of the 1970s and 1990s. There were complaints that these films endowed gangsters with a certain kind of a glamor. Gangster films were, however, Hollywood most profitable movies. 

What to watch:

  1. Little Caesar (Mervyn Leroy, 1931)
  2. Public Enemy (William Wellman, 1931)
  3. Angels With Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz, 1938)
  4. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
  5. Scarface (Brian De Palma, 1983)
  6. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984)
  7. GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
  8. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
  9. Snatch (Guy Ritchie, 2000)
  10. Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes, 2002)
    (Bergan, R. 2011. The Film Book: A Complete Guide To The World Of Cinema.)

It was 80 years ago: Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed by law officers in Louisiana, May 23, 1934.

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were American outlaws and robbers from the Dallas area who traveled the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the “public enemy era” between 1931 and 1934. Though known today for his dozen-or-so bank robberies, Barrow preferred to rob small stores or rural gas stations. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers and several civilians. Their reputation was revived and cemented in American pop folklore by Arthur Penn’s 1967 film Bonnie & Clyde, which starred Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the pair.

Even during their lifetimes, the couple’s depiction in the press was at considerable odds with the hardscrabble reality of their life on the road—particularly in the case of Bonny. Though she was present at a hundred or more felonies during her two years as Barrow’s companion, she was not the machine gun-wielding killer portrayed in the newspapers, newsreels, and pulp detective magazines of the day. x

radogack  asked:

What is your favorite pre code movie?

Oh my gosh, there is nooooooo way I could ever choose just one, but here are some of my top favorites;

Red-Headed Woman (1932), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), 42nd Street (1933), I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932), Freaks (1932), Frankenstein (1931), Three On A Match (1932), Bombshell (1933), Trouble In Paradise (1934), The Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933), I’m No Angel (1933), Grand Hotel (1932),  Employee’s Entrance (1933), The Scarlet Empress (1934), Baby Face (1933), The Public Enemy (1931), Wild Boys Of The Road (1933), Man’s Castle (1933), Platinum Blonde (1931), King Kong (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), Red Dust (1932) Shanghai Express (1932), Dinner At Eight (1933), Hold Your Man (1933), Dracula (1931) and so so so many more!


My favorite James Cagney roles:

George M. Cohan  in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942)

Tom Powers in “The Public Enemy” (1931)

Captain Morton in “Mister Roberts” (1955)

Rocky Sullivan in “Angels With Dirty Faces” (1938)

C.R. MacNamara in “One, Two, Three” (1961)

It was tough picking just five. It would have been easy to pick ten or fifteen.
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7. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
8. A Night at the Opera (1935)
9. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
10. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
11. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
12. Dark Victory (1939)
13. Gone with The Wind (1939)
14. Wizard of Oz (1939)
15. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
16. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
17. Citizen Kane (1941)
18. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
19. Casablanca (1943)
20. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
21. Gaslight (1944)
22. Anchors Aweigh (1944)
23. Mildred Pierce (1945)
24. Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
25. The Big Sleep (1946)
26. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
27. An American in Paris (1951)
28. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
29. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
30. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
31. A Star Is Born (1954)
32. East of Eden (1955)
33. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
34. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
35. Giant (1956)
36. The Searchers (1956)
37. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
38. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
39. Gigi (1958)
40. Ben-Hur (1959)
41. North By Northwest (1959)
42. How the West Was Won (1962)
43. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
44. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
45. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
46. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
47. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
48. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
49. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
50. Bullitt (1968)
51. The Wild Bunch (1969)
52. Dirty Harry (1971)
53. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
54. Cabaret (1972)
55. A Clockwork Orange (1972)
56. Enter the Dragon (1973)
57. The Exorcist (1973)
58. Blazing Saddles (1974)
59. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
60. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
61. All The President’s Men (1976)
62. Superman, The Movie (1977)
63. Caddyshack (1980)
64. The Shining (1980)
65. Clash of the Titans (1981)
66. Chariots of Fire (1981)
67. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
68. The Outsiders (1983)
69. The Right Stuff (1983)
70. Risky Business (1983)
71. Amadeus (1984)
72. The Color Purple (1985)
73. The Goonies (1985)
74. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
75. Lethal Weapon (1987)
76. Batman (1989)
77. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
78. Goodfellas (1990)
79. The Bodyguard (1992)
80. Unforgiven (1992)
81. The Fugitive (1993)
82. Interview with the Vampire (1994)
83. Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut) (1994)
84. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
85. Seven (1995)
86. L.A. Confidential (1997)
87. The Matrix (1999)
88. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
89. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
90. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
91. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
92. The Notebook (2004)
93. Million Dollar Baby (2005)
94. The Departed (2006)
95. 300 (2007)
96. The Dark Knight (2008)
97. The Blind Side (2009)
98. The Hangover (2009)
99. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
100. Inception (2010)

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