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Directors:
Writers:
Armitage Trail (novel)
Ben Hecht (screen story)
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Release Date:
9 April 1932 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 wins See more »
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(16 articles)
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Easily one of the best gangster films ever See more (268 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 (1998) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | 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)

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Trivia:
Screenwriter Ben Hecht was a former Chicago journalist familiar with the city's Prohibition-era gangsters, including Al Capone. During the filming Hecht returned to his Los Angeles hotel room one night to find two Capone torpedoes waiting for him. The gangsters demanded to know if the movie was about Capone. Hecht assured them it wasn't, saying that the character Tony Camonte was based on gangsters like "Big" Jim Colosimo and Charles Dion O'Bannion. "Then why is the movie called Scarface?" one of the hoods demanded. "Everyone will think it's about Capone!" "That's the reason," said Hecht. "If you call the movie Scarface (1932), people will think it's about Capone and come to see it. It's part of the racket we call show business." The Capone hoods, who appreciated the value of a scam, left the hotel placated.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Cesca enters the room to shoot Tony near the end of the film, the gun barrel is just a steel tube. This changes to a regular gun in subsequent shots.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Camonte:He hurt you. He hurt you. He hurt everybody.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Making of 'Scarface' (1998) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Some of These DaysSee more »

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72 out of 93 people found the following review useful.
Easily one of the best gangster films ever, 9 July 2005
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Film chronicles the rise and fall of Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) an ugly, stupid and violent gangster.

This film was originally shot in 1930 but was held from release until 1932 because the censor demanded cuts. Watching it, I can only imagine how bad the missing material was. The film is full of shootouts and gun fights--they're quick, violent and just incredible. The body count has to be in the triple digits. The best scene has Boris Karloff as a gangster (!!!) shot to death in a bowling alley. As incredible as the violence is, the film condemns it--they make it clear that Scarface and his gang are cold-blooded killers and nothing more.

Also the film has PLENTY of sexual innuendo. Ann Dvorak plays Scarface's sister and it is made clear that she and her brother are VERY interested in each other. Also she does a very sexy dance in front of George Raft which is more than a little suggestive. I'm surprised that the censors let all this get by! The acting is superb. Muni plays Scarface as dumb, stupid, violent and ugly--and, in a way, very sexy. When he shoots down people it seems that he's actually getting a sexual charge from it! Also Muni, a very handsome man, was purposely made to look ugly. He looks more like an ape than human. George Raft as his best friend is also good--cold-blooded and heartless. Dvorak overplays it a bit but she is incredibly sexy. Hell, even Karloff is good as a gangster! The film is very well-directed by Hoaward Hawks--he pulls no punches. The script is quick and intelligent--it never stops moving.

After it was released (to great acclaim) in 1932 it was abruptly pulled--many people said glamorized gangsters (which is just ridiculous). It didn't surface until 1979 (Francis Ford Coppola helped get it re-released) and it was finally recognized for the classic it is.

Quite simply a GREAT film. Don't miss this one!

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