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City Streets (1931)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 18 April 1931 (USA)
Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison.

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Nan Cooley
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Nan, a racketeer's daughter, is in love with The Kid, a shooting gallery showman. Despite Nan's prodding, The Kid has no ambitions about joining the rackets and making enough money to support Nan in the lifestyle she's accustomed to. Her attitude changes after her father implicates her in a murder and she's sent to prison. During her incarceration, her father convinces The Kid to join the gang in order to help free Nan. When Nan is released, she wants nothing more to do with the mob and tries to get The Kid to quit, but she may be too late. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Love and courage pitted against a ruthless hate!


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18 April 1931 (USA)  »

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Ruas da Cidade  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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This was Dashiell Hammett's only original screenplay (adapted by Max Marcin, with the eventual script by Oliver H.P. Garrett). See more »

Connections

Remake of Ladies of the Mob (1928) See more »

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Prelude to Act I of 'Die Meistersinger'
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Music by Richard Wagner
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Early gangster flick a pleasant surprise
2 April 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Clearly patterned after the first gangster movies that Warner produced the same year,Little Caesar (1931) and The Public Enemy (1931),this gangster movie is one of the better efforts I've seen. Although not quite in the same league as the previous mentioned classics, it has a powerful performance by young Sylvia Sidney.She's magnificent and delivers her lines more natural than perhaps anyone did at the time.Gary Cooper is better than usual at this stage in his career and shows signs of what would follow the next few years when he rose to the top. The movie has some fascinating villains in Paul Lukas (never seen him this detestable) and Guy Kibbee (what a shock to see him act the hoodlum).The direction of Rouben Mamoulian is very inventive,probably the first voice-over to show a persons thoughts appear in this movie. If you get the chance to see this little gangster flick, don't let the chance go by.


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