Orphans Edward "Blackie" Gallagher and Jim Wade are lifelong friends who take different paths in life. Blackie thrives on gambling and grows up to be a hard-nosed racketeer. Bookworm Wade becomes a D.A. vying for the Governorship. When Blackie's girlfriend Eleanor leaves him and marries the more down to earth Wade, Blackie harbors no resentment. In fact, their friendship is so strong that Blackie murders an attorney threatening to derail Wade's bid to become Governor. The morally straight Wade's last job as D.A. is to convict his friend of the murder, and send him to the electric chair. After he becomes Governor, Wade has the authority to commute Blackie's death sentence-- a decision that pits his high moral ethics against a lifelong friendship. Written by
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This was the movie that bank robber John Dillinger had just seen before he was gunned down in front of Chicago's Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934. He had been set up by Anna Sage, the madam of a brothel, who knew Dillinger's girlfriend, Polly Hamilton. Sage was facing deportation and thought the tip might get her off. She told FBI agent Melvin Purvis that she would be wearing orange which appeared red, leading her to be dubbed "The Woman in Red". Dillinger was shot three times when he tried to escape, and Sage wound up being sent back to Romania. See more »
When Snow enters the men's room at Madison Square Garden, we see him enter the room and subsequently begin to close the door. In the next shot, showing him reflected in the mirrors above the basin, he is once again in the act of walking through the door. See more »
There are already lots of comments about this one on the website but I just wanted to weigh in on it because I enjoyed it so much. I couldn't find a real flaw with the picture - Direction, acting, editing, photography, storyline all class A. Also couldn't find fault with the pacing.
I was particularly impressed by the stellar job turned in by William Powell, showing more depth and sensitivity than in most of his films, especially in the climactic scene. And could anyone but Clark Gable make you root for a bad guy the way he could? I felt this was a gripping and compelling film from start to finish.
I feel the picture is underrated and is better than the present 7 it has received. Also feel it was another 'miss' by Leonard Maltin, who misses from time to time.
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