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Little Caesar -- Edward G. Robinson introduced the world to a new kind of gangster in his powerful portrayal of Johnny Rico, a small-time hood who brutally shoots his way to the top of the underworld.
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Robert N. Lee (continuity)
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Release Date:
25 January 1931 (USA) See more »
Rico is a small-time hood who knocks off gas stations for whatever he can take. He heads east and signs up with Sam Vettori's mob... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Eh, da foyst gangstah movie seems like a cahtoon, see? See more (83 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward G. Robinson ... Little Caesar - Alias 'Rico'

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Joe Massara
Glenda Farrell ... Olga Stassoff
William Collier Jr. ... Tony Passa

Sidney Blackmer ... Big Boy
Ralph Ince ... Pete Montana
Thomas E. Jackson ... Sergeant Flaherty (as Thomas Jackson)
Stanley Fields ... Sam Vettori
Maurice Black ... Little Arnie Lorch

George E. Stone ... Otero
Armand Kaliz ... De Voss
Nicholas Bela ... Ritz Colonna (as Nick Bela)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Cashier (uncredited)
Elmer Ballard ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Passa (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Detective (uncredited)
George Daly ... Machine-gunner (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... New Year's Celebrant (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Kid Bean (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Rico's 'Butler' (uncredited)

Lucille La Verne ... Ma Magdalena (uncredited)
Gladys Lloyd ... McClure Guest (uncredited)
Noel Madison ... Killer Peppi (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Detective on Phone (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Hood (uncredited)
Henry Sedley ... Scabby (uncredited)
Gay Sheridan ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... McClure Guest (uncredited)
Landers Stevens ... Crime Commissioner Alvin McClure (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
Robert Walker ... Lorch Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Writing credits
W.R. Burnett (novel)

Robert N. Lee (continuity)

Francis Edward Faragoh (screen version) (as Francis Edwards Faragoh)

Francis Edward Faragoh (dialogue) (as Francis Edwards Faragoh)

Robert Lord  uncredited
Darryl F. Zanuck  uncredited

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (photography)
Film Editing by
Ray Curtiss (edited by)
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Percy Ikerd .... assistant director (uncredited)
Music Department
Erno Rapee .... general musical director
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra (uncredited)
David Mendoza .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • First National Pictures (presents) (A First National-Vitaphone Talking Picture) (controlled by Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-15 (2005) | Germany:12 | Ireland:PG | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (cut) (1976) | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating)

Did You Know?

Includes what may be the first drive-by shooting murder in any film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Rico is shot behind the billboard, the Thompson submachine gun used by the police detective has a blank-firing device attached.See more »
Sam Vettori:A million guys in this town, and you have to knock off the crime commissioner!See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Some Like It Hot (1959)See more »
If I'm Dreaming Don't Wake Me Too SoonSee more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Eh, da foyst gangstah movie seems like a cahtoon, see?, 6 May 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

"Little Caesar" is worth seeing, but I should warn you all, it seems pretty silly by today's standards. Chronicling the rise of Enrico Cesare "Rico" Bandello (Edward G. Robinson), there's everything that one can expect in a gangster movie: a lot of shooting and a lot of hot "dames".

The movie isn't a zero or anything; it's just that the whole thing is a little cartoonish. The actual plot sort of seems second to Rico's nasal accent, sometimes beginning and ending his sentences with "eh" and "see?", respectively. It essentially began the gangster movie as we know it today. But we have come a long way since then.

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