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Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 January 1931 (USA)
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

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Complete credited cast:
... Little Caesar - Alias 'Rico'
... Joe Massara
... Olga Stassoff
... Tony Passa
... Big Boy
... Pete Montana
Thomas E. Jackson ... Sgt. Flaherty (as Thomas Jackson)
... Sam Vettori
Maurice Black ... Little Arnie Lorch
... Otero
... De Voss
Nicholas Bela ... Ritz Colonna (as Nick Bela)
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Rico is a small-time hood who knocks off gas stations for whatever he can take. He heads east and signs up with Sam Vettori's mob. A New Year's Eve robbery at Little Arnie Lorch's casino results in the death of the new crime commissioner Alvin McClure. Rico's good friend Joe Massara, who works at the club as a professional dancer, works as the gang's lookout man and wants out of the gang. Rico is ambitious and eventually takes over Vettori's gang; he then moves up to the next echelon pushing out Diamond Pete Montana. When he orders Joe to dump his girlfriend Olga and re-join the gang, Olga decides there's only one way out for them. Written by garykmcd

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His gun was a one-way ticket thru the doorway to hell! (Print Ad- The Standard-Union,((Brooklyn, NY)) 24 January 1931)

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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25 January 1931 (USA)  »

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Mali Cezar  »

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(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Includes what may be the first drive-by shooting murder in any film. See more »

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Microphone shadow moves across Tony as he closes door just after his mother has left room. See more »

Quotes

Caesar Enrico Bandello: You didn't quit. Nobody ever quit me. You're still in my gang. You got that? I don't care how many fancy skirts you have hanging on to you. That Jane's made a softy out of you.
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Referenced in The Assistant (1997) See more »

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Neapolitana
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Music by Gustave Klemm
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Eh, da foyst gangstah movie seems like a cahtoon, see?
6 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Little Caesar" is worth seeing, but I should warn you all, it seems pretty silly by today's standards. Chronicling the rise of Enrico Cesare "Rico" Bandello (Edward G. Robinson), there's everything that one can expect in a gangster movie: a lot of shooting and a lot of hot "dames".

The movie isn't a zero or anything; it's just that the whole thing is a little cartoonish. The actual plot sort of seems second to Rico's nasal accent, sometimes beginning and ending his sentences with "eh" and "see?", respectively. It essentially began the gangster movie as we know it today. But we have come a long way since then.


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