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The Doorway to Hell (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 18 October 1930 (USA)
Lou Ricarno is a smart guy. His plan is to organize the various gangs in Chicago so that the mugs will not liquidate each other. WIth the success of his leadership, Louie prospers, marries ... See full summary »

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Florist (scenes deleted)
Dorothy Mathews ...
Doris
Leon Janney ...
Jackie
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O'Grady
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Mileaway
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Capt. of Academy
Jerry Mandy ...
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Rocco
Edwin Argus ...
Midget
Eddie Kane ...
Dr. Morton
Tom Wilson ...
Gangster
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Lou Ricarno is a smart guy. His plan is to organize the various gangs in Chicago so that the mugs will not liquidate each other. WIth the success of his leadership, Louie prospers, marries Doris and retires to Florida to write his autobiography and play golf. In his absence the gang warfare flares, but he does not return as he wants to give a respectable image of life to his wife, younger brother and his Florida neighbors. While letters and telegrams from Mileaway will not influence his decision, events will. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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They found themselves on the one-way street of crime - with no turning back! See more »

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18 October 1930 (USA)  »

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A Caminho do Inferno  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In an example of early product placement, instead of just ordering cigarettes, Louie asks the newsboy to bring him a carton of Sweet Caporals. This was an actual brand sold by the American Tobacco Company in the USA from 1887 to 1969 (1895-2011 in Canada). The carton of cigarettes cost Louie $1.00 to $1.25 in 1930. See more »

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In Louie's last room there is a picture of Napolean on the wall. The label showing the title of the picture "Napolean in Exile" appears and disappears between shots. See more »

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Doris: Say, did he tell ya yet, he's really quittin' the racket?
Mileaway: No. I guess he's saving that for the blow off.
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(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at the funeral
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under-rated
24 June 2001 | by (Arkham, MA) – See all my reviews

Fine early talkie that belongs along side Little Caesar and The Public Enemy as the gangster films that set the rules for the genre. Unlike those films however this film gives us a smart gangster who tries to get out while on top only to be dragged back in.


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