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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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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?

At one point, a list of prior offenses is read, including possession/use of brass knuckles and "saps". Saps, or sap gloves, are gloves with lead or steel granules sewn into the knuckles and backs of the hands.See more »
Continuity: When Poppy visits Tony, she hold the flower, but Tony has it in the next shot.See more »
Tony Camonte:Hey, Cesca, you and me, huh? We'll show them. We'll lick them all, the North Side, the South Side! We'll lick the whole world!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Crossing Criminal Cultures (2007) (V)See more »
Sextet from 'Lucia di Lammermoor'See more »


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42 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Ahead Of Its Time, Action-Wise, 11 March 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Action-wise, this movie was 60 years ahead of its time, at least in terms of the amount of action in it. I think it's safe to say most classic films, including the crime movies, are much slower in pace than today's fare. Not this one.

Since they didn't show much blood in these old films, it isn't gory but it is action- packed with few lulls. Paul Muni, as "Tony Camonte," the head gangster, is compelling and fun to watch. He's tough-as-nails until the end. The women n here - Ann Dvoark and Karen Morely - are interesting, too, as is one of Muni's sidekicks, a big dumb guy who was funny. Don't be fooled by the billing of George Raft and Boris Karloff. They got it because they turned out to be big names later. In this film, they have very small roles.

This is Muni's show, though, all the way and few actors could ham it up in his day like him. It's a wild ride for the full 93 minutes.

p.s. To anyone misreading my opening remarks: more action doesn't always mean more interesting. Some times it does; some times it doesn't.

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