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The Guilty Generation (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 19 November 1931 (USA)
A Romeo and Juliet love story between the son of a brutal Italian bootlegger and the daughter of his bitter ex-partner, who is engaged in a blood feud with his one-time friend.

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Maria Palmero
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Marco Ricca
Leslie Fenton ...
Joe Palmero
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Tony Ricca
Emma Dunn ...
Nina Palmero
James Wilcox ...
Don Morley (as Jimmy Wilcox)
Elliott Rothe ...
Benedicto Ricca
Phil Tead ...
Skid
Fred Howard ...
Bradley (as Frederick Howard)
Eddie Boland ...
Willie
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Victor - Mike's Butler
Ruth Warren ...
Nellie Weaver
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Storyline

John Smith is a young architect who changed his name from Marco Ricca when he realized that being a notorious bootlegger's son was not likely to help his career. Maria Palmiero's father is also a bootlegger, and she's finding that the high society circles she wants to move in are not very welcoming to her. Naturally, John and Maria's fathers are waging a brutal gang war back in New York, and naturally John and Maria fall in love. The premise mirrors that of "Romeo and Juliet," but the plot doesn't, although the bodies do pile up. Written by Cameron Majidi <cmaj@prolifics.com>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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19 November 1931 (USA)  »

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A Culpa dos Pais  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The play was copyrighted as "The Windy City" on 24 September 1928. No major performances are known. See more »

Quotes

Mike Palmero: What these other girls got that Maria hasn't got?
Nellie Weaver: Respectable fathers. You think you can put Maria over like... tooth paste or chewing gum. You know, being your daughter is no cinch. I wouldn't want the job.
Mike Palmero: I don't wanta be your father either.
Nellie Weaver: Having me around is giving you a sense of humor, Mike.
Mike Palmero: Oh, yeah?
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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

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Pop Goes the Weasel
English nursery rhyme/folk song
[Played by party band]
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The Best Gangster Flick Ever Made!!
25 April 2013 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

An excellent cast of skilled actors and actresses coupled with a terrific, original script make this movie the best gangster flick ever made. Forget Cagney, Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. None of the gangster flicks those guys ever made is as good as this one. Here's Leo Carillo as a completely ruthless cold blooded killer who lives with his mother, a son and a beautiful daughter. His opponent is Boris Karloff who has two sons. He is not yet famous for his portrayal of the Frankenstein monster. Both of these men are serious cold blooded killers trying to put each other out of business by whacking each others people. One of Karloff's sons changed his name to escape the shadow of his father's bootlegging business. Carillo's daughter has no escape from her thuggish father. Then they meet and fall in love. Make no mistake. You will never see a more intelligent drama than this one. Everything about it is just wonderful especially the totally unexpected climatic ending.


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