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The Doorway to Hell (1930)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama  -  18 October 1930 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Louie
Charles Judels ...
Florist (scenes deleted)
Dorothy Mathews ...
Doris
Leon Janney ...
Jackie
Robert Elliott ...
O'Grady
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Mileaway
Kenneth Thomson ...
Capt. of Academy
Jerry Mandy ...
Gangster
Noel Madison ...
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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18 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Inferno  »

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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 »

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Title Card: [closing title] The "Doorway to Hell" is a one-way door. There is no retribution - no plea for further clemency. The little boy walked through it with his head up and a smile on his lips. They gave him a funeral - a swell funeral that stopped traffic - and then they forgot him before the roses had a chance to wilt.
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early screen appearances by later stars - good story
16 May 2007 | by (Henderson, Nv. USA) – See all my reviews

A pretty good crime drama of its time, on a par with PUBLIC ENEMY, LITTLE CEASAR, and others of the genre,good acting, too.Excellent acting by a very young Lew Ayres, an up-and-coming yet unknown James Cagney, here listed way down in the cast of players as a secondary, and I particularly enjoyed the fine characterization by pre-Dracula Dwight Frye. Much better than the common, cheesy melodramas of the period,this one holds the interest better due to its inferences and unseen sub-plots, an early gem by director Archie Mayo, ahead of its time for its imaginative storyline, and great scene shots, a captivating film as a whole simply for standing out among the rest! Watch this one, it's very good!!


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