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Scarface -- Generally regarded to be the best of the classic gangster films, Scarface tells the exciting story of organized crime's brutal control over Chicago during the Prohibition era.


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Release Date:
9 April 1932 (USA) See more »
An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The rise and fall of a power hungry mobster. See more (307 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Muni ... Tony

Ann Dvorak ... Cesca

Karen Morley ... Poppy

Osgood Perkins ... Johnny Lovo

C. Henry Gordon ... Inspector Guarino

George Raft ... Rinaldo

Vince Barnett ... Angelo

Boris Karloff ... Tom Gaffney
Purnell Pratt ... Publisher

Tully Marshall ... Managing Editor
Inez Palange ... Tony's Mother

Edwin Maxwell ... Detective Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Henry Armetta ... Pietro - Barber (uncredited)
Gus Arnheim ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)

Eugenie Besserer ... Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
Maurice Black ... Jim - Headwaiter (uncredited)
William Burress ... Judge (alternate ending) (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter at Columbia Cafe (uncredited)

Virginia Dabney ... Mabel (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
James Durkin ... Newspaper Man (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Reporter (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Hood with Gaffney (uncredited)

Francis Ford ... Prison Guard (alternate ending) (uncredited)
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra ... Paradise Club Orchestra (uncredited)

Jean Harlow ... Blonde at Paradise Club - Cameo appearance in nightclub (uncredited)

Howard Hawks ... Man on Bed (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
John Kelly ... One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
John Lee Mahin ... MacArthur from the Journal (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Stag Party Janitor (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Tony - Bodyguard (uncredited)
Warner Richmond ... Cesca's Dance Partner (uncredited)

Constantine Romanoff ... Henchman (uncredited)
Bert Starkey ... Epstein - Lawyer (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
Helen C. Thompson ... Sadie Thompson (uncredited)

Nick Thompson ... One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Theatregoer (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Big Louis Costillo (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... One of Costillo's Hoods (uncredited)

Douglas Walton ... Cesca's Boyfriend (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
Richard Rosson (co-director)
Writing credits
Armitage Trail (novel "Scarface")

Ben Hecht (screen story)

Seton I. Miller (continuity) &
John Lee Mahin (continuity) &
W.R. Burnett (continuity)

Seton I. Miller (dialogue) &
John Lee Mahin (dialogue) &
W.R. Burnett (dialogue)

Howard Hawks  uncredited
Fred Pasley  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer (uncredited)
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Adolph Tandler (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
L. William O'Connell  (as L.W. O'Connell)
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
Lewis Milestone (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Harry Oliver (settings)
Production Management
Charles Stallings .... production manager
Sound Department
William Snyder .... sound engineer
Visual Effects by
Howard A. Anderson .... process photography (uncredited)
Frances Miles .... stunt double: Ann Dvorak (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Bohny .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Roy Clark .... camera operator (uncredited)
Warner Cruze .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eugene Kornman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Warren Lynch .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Douglass Biggs .... editorial advisor
Music Department
Gus Arnheim .... musical director
Adolph Tandler .... musical director
Other crew
W.R. Burnett .... continuity
Howard Hughes .... presenter
John Lee Mahin .... continuity
Seton I. Miller .... continuity
E.B. Derr .... supervisor (uncredited)
Howard Hughes .... direction supervisor (uncredited)
Lincoln Quarberg .... general press representative (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 (1998) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:6 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (1984) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:Passed (original rating) | USA:PG (re-release) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Al Capone was rumored to have liked the film so much that he had his own copy of it.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The scene Tony pushes and punches the man who refuses to obey Johnny Lovo in First Ward Social Club, it's clearly seen that Tony actually punches the man's palm.See more »
Title Card:[opening message] This picture is an indictment of gang rule in America and of the callous indifference of the government to this constantly increasing menace to our safety and our liberty. Every incident in this picture is the reproduction of an actual occurrence, and the purpose of this picture is to demand of the government: 'What are you going to do about it?' The government is your government. What are YOU going to do about it?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in City in Panic (1986)See more »
Sextet from 'Lucia di Lammermoor'See more »


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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
The rise and fall of a power hungry mobster., 31 July 2001
Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK

Howard Hawks directs this harsh and frank and sometimes humorous look at a small time gangster's(Paul Muni) taste of success before his mob world crumbles around him. This is one of the best gangster movies of the 1930's. Very well written and full of terrific characters. Fast paced and free flowing story line.

My favorite scene is when the Muni character first gets his hands on a machine gun. This arrogant, violence driven mobster becomes child like with a brand new toy. Others in this fine crime drama are Osgood Perkins, George Raft, Ann Dvorak, Boris Karloff and C. Henry Gordon. Also notable are Karen Morley and Edwin Maxwell as the Chief of Detectives.

Ambition, greed and pride come before a fall. The mob way or no way is a tough way to live. Excellent flick.

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