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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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(14 articles)
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User Reviews:
Say Hello to the Original Scarred Madman... See more (259 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)
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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 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 »
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:
Francesca 'Cesca' Camonte:The police are here for you! It's all my fault, I shouldn't have come...
Tony Camonte:Your fault, my fault, who cares? So long as you're here.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kitty Foiled (1948)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sextet from 'Lucia di Lammermoor'See more »

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52 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Say Hello to the Original Scarred Madman..., 8 April 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

The early 1930's produced a whirlwind of mobster films, commenting on the real-life problem of organized crime throughout Prohibition America. LITTLE CAESAR and PUBLIC ENEMY were the first significant films of the genre, but not until Howard Hawks tour-de-force smash, SCARFACE, did the public get to see what was going on. Hawks' film came out in 1932 and has been a mainstay in filmmaker's minds and fans alike ever since. Scorsese, Coppola, and especially De Palma, have all drawn inspiration (and the '83 remake) from Hawks and Ben Hecht, the picture's screenwriter. Paul Muni was loosely based on Al Capone, and SCARFACE begins with yet another message to the government telling them to get off their butts and rid the country of Tony Carmontes everywhere. I think the picture works more as brutal, realistic entertainment than moral message. In hindsight, SCARFACE made it all look fun.

This searing flick looks so spooky and dark, you truly get the feeling of the real "underworld" and how uncompromising it was and still is. Some brilliant images grace the screen: the passage of dates on a calendar by machine gun; Muni's gruesome scar; an opening murder scene done with such subtly the mere sound of Muni's whistle triggers doom; a sideshow of possible incest between "Tony" and his tortured sister. No joke. It appears almost blatantly in varying scenes of building jealousy and murder. Many of the elements show up in De Palma's remake, such as the sister, her relationship with Tony's best friend, and his disapproving mother. The original packs more substance into a shorter film and is clearly better than the flashy remake (which I also loved).

This was one of Howard Hawks' 1st films and he continued to make pictures that differed so completely, one after the other. SCARFACE is his landmark film, a must-see that was considered by many to be unreleasable to the audiences of 1932. It is a predictable rise and fall portrait of a brooding goon, however the techniques and blunt force of the film make you come back for more. Watch it before the Pacino remake and see what you think. They are excellent representatives of Hollywood storytelling then and now. Keep an eye out for a svelte Boris Karloff in civilian clothing (a rarity) as a sinister enemy of the scarred one. He rolls quite a memorable strike in a bowling alley. A masterpiece of character, story, mood, and bullets flying.

RATING: 10 of 10

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