Directed by Lloyd Bacon
USA 1938

 

  Prohibition's ban on booze is over, and that means bootlegger Remy Marco must make some changes. Don't go calling his beer-peddling enterprise a racket. It's now a business. Employees are no longer lugs or palookas, they're associates. And don't refer to Marco as da boss. Use sir. He's gone legit, see? Edward G. Robinson plays Marco, spoofing his Little Caesar persona in a comedy spree based on Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay's Broadway play. Lloyd Bacon, director of Robinson's gangster sendups Brother Orchid and Larceny, Inc., guides with screwball flair as corpses, creditors, the swellest of swells and more mayhem descend on Marco. Allen Jenkins, Edward Brophy and Harold Huber with 340+ career credits between them are among the lugs-cum-associates. You're about to open a major case of laughter.

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Theatrical Release: February 26th, 1938

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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Can be bought individually or as part of the Warner Bros. Pictures Tough Guys Collection which also includes Bullets or Ballots / City for Conquest / Each Dawn I Die / G Men and San Quentin.

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:25:06 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.74 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Warner Night at the Movies 1938: vintage newsreel, Oscar-nominated drama short • Declaration of Independence, classic cartoon The Night Watchman
• New featurette Prohibition Opens the Floodgates
• Commentary by film historian Robert Sklar
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: July 18th, 2006

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Chapters: 23

 

 

Comments:

A bit of welcome humor in this standout from the Tough Guys collection package. Great to see versatile Edward G. play a soft touch.

One of the top transfers in the collection. Sharpness is at the high end and I still marvel that I am watching a film made almost 70 years ago. Audio is clear and at acceptable levels.

Historian Robert Sklar gives the commentary - he seems well-prepared if a shade dry. The new featurette is called Open the Floodgates and it discusses the Prohibition Era and its societal effects. I love the cartoon addition and hope Warner continues this trend.

Although less direct a 'Tough Guys' film, it plays in great balance to the others in the collection. Very enjoyable and another recommendation! 

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

Can be bought individually or as part of the Warner Bros. Pictures Tough Guys Collection which also includes Bullets or Ballots / City for Conquest / Each Dawn I Die / G Men and San Quentin.

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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