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The Little Giant (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 20 May 1933 (USA)
When Prohibition ends, a beer baron sees the writing on the wall, quits the rackets, and tries to break into California society.

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Ruth Wayburn
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Polly Cass
Russell Hopton ...
Al Daniels
Kenneth Thomson ...
John Stanley
Shirley Grey ...
Edith Merriam
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Donald Hadley Cass
Don Dillaway ...
Gordon Cass (as Donald Dillaway)
Louise Mackintosh ...
Mrs. Dudley Hadley Cass
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Prohibition is ending so bootlegger Bugs Ahearn decides to crack California society. He leases a house from down-on-her-luck Ruth and hires her as social secretary. He rescues Polly Cass from a horsefall and goes home to meet her dad who sells him some phony stock certificates. When he learns about this he sends to Chicago for mob help. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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$197,000 (estimated)
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"Al" recounts a job where he shot up a stuffed Polar Bear. The same plot scene was depicted in The Public Enemy (1931) with "Tom" doing the shooting. See more »

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James Francis 'Bugs': Yesiree. I'm a young guy that knows all the answers and got my whole life before me. Yeah, and I'm all washed up with mugs. I know I came from the gutter, but I'm steppin' right out of it. I'm gonna meet some real people, do something worthwhile, amount to somethin'!
Albert J. 'Al' Daniels: When you meet these people, what are you gonna talk about? Machine guns and beer?
James Francis 'Bugs': Oh, I'll manage to talk to them all right, and they'll listen. Say, I've been readin' a lot. I've been studyin'. I ain't been wastin' my time these ...
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Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by Fred Fisher
Played during the opening credits
Reprised when the gang comes to Santa Barbara
Reprised at the end
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Robinson and Astor Make the Film Work
30 December 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Little Giant, The (1933)

*** (out of 4)

When F.D.R. gets elected President, Chicago bootlegger Bugs Ahearn (Edward G. Robinson) decides to get out of the business. He heads off to California where he plans on crashing into society and he thinks he's doing a good job but he doesn't realize that his love (Helen Vinson) is actually from a corrupt family that is just using him. THE LITTLE GIANT isn't a perfect movie and it's not really that funny either but it's impossible not to fall for its charm and especially the charm of Robinson. Most people will always remember Robinson for his tough guy roles but if you dig deeper into his filmmography you will see that he was actually able to play just about any type of character. This film is without question a spoof of his tough image but it works so well because you can believe Robinson in the part of the gangster but also believe him in the sillier stuff where he's trying to be a gentleman. There are some very good moments scattered throughout the film but I think the real highlight is in the final ten-minutes once Robinson realizes what has happened and he decides to bring a little Chicago out West. Vinson is also very good in her supporting role as she has no problem playing this brat and we get nice work from Russell Hopton and Kenneth Thomson. Mary Astor is also extremely charming as the woman who falls for Robinson, although he doesn't know it at first. Both actors are so good together that the film actually drags a bit when they're not together. Fans of Robinson or the Warner gangster pictures are certainly going to want to check this out just to see the studio and star spoofing themselves.


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