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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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  (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?

Screenwriter Ben Hecht got producer Howard Hughes to green-light "Scarface" by telling him it would be a modern-dress version of the lives of the Borgias.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Closeup of score sheet in bowling alley scene defies all rules of traditional scoring.See more »
Poppy:Why don't you get yourself a girl, Tony?
Tony Camonte:I'm workin' on that now.
Poppy:Yeah? Well, don't tire yourself out.
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34 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Ugly and brilliant, 15 October 2001
Author: marcslope

Rat-rat-a-tat goes Hawks's direction, opening and closing with a bang, and what's in between is pretty sensational, too. Muni, who could be an awful ham, is just right here -- slick and sexy and a little stupid, a hot-tempered paisano unable to control his ambitions or passions. The incest subplot, never overtly stated but always close to the surface, makes the movie seem startlingly modern. And the dialogue goes snap, snap, snap. The only place the movie stumbles is in a civics-lesson scene where the self-important newspaper editor spells out exactly what's wrong with the criminal justice system of 1932 and delivers his dull speech straight to the camera, like a high school lecture. It's the briefest of lulls in one of the most exciting early talkies, and certainly one of the greatest of all gangster flicks.

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