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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 ...
Gangster
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Rocco
Edwin Argus ...
Midget
Eddie Kane ...
Dr. Morton
Tom Wilson ...
Gangster
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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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Inside you see the terrors of organized crime - the land of cross and double-cross - where the best you can get is the worst of it! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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18 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Inferno  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A filmed opening sequence involving a play called "Napoleon of the Underworld," was cut prior to release. The sequence included actors cut from the final print: Charles Judels (who is credited in the cast anyway), Maurice Black, Vivien Oakland, Paul Fix, Tom Shirley and Peter Diggie. See more »

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What appears to be a typo in the gangland slaughter headline of the newspaper Louie reads in the boarding house - it reads 'grewsome' instead of 'gruesome' - is in fact an acceptable variant that was more popular at the time the film was released. See more »

Quotes

Hymie - a Gangster: Well, ya, you see, I-I mean no, I was, I, well I was only thinking...
Louie: Don't do that, it isn't good for you.
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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at the funeral
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Like a crystal Ball.
7 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To see this movie on the Big Screen(like my Father,his uncles, and my Grandfathers did)would have been a treat. Well,not in my Dad's instance,because when my Dad saw the film on the Screen, it was shortly after Bogart's death and Cagney was already a long since established star.But still a treat nonetheless. Anyway for the Old oldtimers,they had to have the attitude:"This Cagney guy is gonna be around. Can't wait to see him again." Cagney always made his surroundings crackle with anticipation and uncertainty. You never really knew what was gonna happen. Doorway to Hell took risks. Real life gangsters dared Hollywood to make this movie because it hit close to home, for them. It's an interesting film to watch because of the miscasting. A thing William Wellman took note of during the filming of "Public Enemy", and had Cagney and the Lew Ayres clone "switch roles"...because "this Cagney guy has that gutter quality that this story needs to become effective". A must see movie.Especially for the buffs.


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