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The Doorway to Hell (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 18 October 1930 (USA)
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Despite his efforts to go straight, a young gangster keeps falling back into crime.

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Rowland Brown (story "A Handful of Clouds"), George Rosener (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Louie Ricarno
Dorothy Mathews ... Doris Ricarno
Leon Janney ... Jackie Ricarno
Robert Elliott ... Police Chief Pat O'Grady
James Cagney ... Steve Mileaway
Kenneth Thomson ... Captain of Academy
Jerry Mandy Jerry Mandy ... Joe - Gangster
Noel Madison ... Rocco
Edwin Argus ... Midget
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Dr. Morton
Tom Wilson ... Big Shot Kelly - Gangster
Dwight Frye ... Monk - Gangster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Judels ... Florist (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Lou Ricarno is a smart guy. His plan is to organize the various gangs in Chicago so that the mugs will not liquidate each other. WIth the success of his leadership, Louie prospers, marries Doris and retires to Florida to write his autobiography and play golf. In his absence the gang warfare flares, but he does not return as he wants to give a respectable image of life to his wife, younger brother and his Florida neighbors. While letters and telegrams from Mileaway will not influence his decision, events will. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The Picture Capone Dared Hollywood to Make! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - January 10, 1931) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Second film for James Cagney, after Sinners' Holiday (1930). He would become a star the following year in The Public Enemy (1931). See more »

Goofs

What appears to be a typo in the gangland slaughter headline of the newspaper Louie reads in the boarding house - it reads 'grewsome' instead of 'gruesome' - is in fact an acceptable variant that was more popular at the time the film was released. See more »

Quotes

Louie: Give me my violin case, will ya?
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Connections

Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Matthew Broderick (2016) See more »

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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Played by a bugler at the funeral
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under-rated
24 June 2001 | by Dr-OccultSee all my reviews

Fine early talkie that belongs along side Little Caesar and The Public Enemy as the gangster films that set the rules for the genre. Unlike those films however this film gives us a smart gangster who tries to get out while on top only to be dragged back in.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Handful of Clouds See more »

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Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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