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Little Caesar ()


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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

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Little Caesar - Alias 'Rico'
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Joe Massara
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Olga Stassoff
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Tony Passa
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Big Boy
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Pete Montana
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Sgt. Flaherty (as Thomas Jackson)
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Sam Vettori
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Little Arnie Lorch
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Otero
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De Voss
Nicholas Bela ...
Ritz Colonna (as Nick Bela)
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Cashier (uncredited)
Elmer Ballard ...
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Mrs. Passa (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
George Daly ...
Machine-Gunner (uncredited)
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New Year's Celebrant (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ...
Kid Bean (uncredited)
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Rico's 'Butler' (uncredited)
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Ma Magdalena (uncredited)
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McClure Guest (uncredited)
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Killer Peppi (uncredited)
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Detective on Phone (uncredited)
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Hood (uncredited)
Henry Sedley ...
Scabby (uncredited)
Gay Sheridan ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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McClure Guest (uncredited)
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Alvin McClure - Crime Commissioner (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ...
Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Lorch Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mervyn LeRoy

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W.R. Burnett ... (novel)
 
Robert N. Lee ... (continuity)
 
Francis Edward Faragoh ... (screen version) (as Francis Edwards Faragoh)
 
Francis Edward Faragoh ... (dialogue) (as Francis Edwards Faragoh)
 
Robert Lord ... () (uncredited)
 
Darryl F. Zanuck ... () (uncredited)

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Hal B. Wallis ... producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck ... producer (uncredited)

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Tony Gaudio ... (photography)

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Ray Curtiss ... (edited by)

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Anton Grot

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Ray Moyer ... (uncredited)

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Earl Luick ... (uncredited)

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Percy Ikerd ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Erno Rapee ... general musical director
Leo F. Forbstein ... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra (uncredited)
David Mendoza ... composer: title music (uncredited)
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  • First National Pictures (presents) (A First National-Vitaphone Talking Picture) (controlled by Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines His gun was a one-way ticket thru the doorway to hell! (Print Ad- The Standard-Union,((Brooklyn, NY)) 24 January 1931) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le petit César (France)
  • Hampa dorada (Spain)
  • Der kleine Caesar (West Germany)
  • Pikku Caesar (Finland)
  • Mali Cezar (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
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  • 79 min
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Trivia In one scene, Edward G. Robinson had to fire a pistol while facing the camera. Try as he might, he was unable to keep his eyes open each time he pulled the trigger. The problem was eventually solved by having Robinson's eyes held open with cellophane tape. See more »
Goofs Rico is hit by the bullet sufficiently to require bandaging by Scabby, but the overcoat he was wearing has no bullet hole in it, nor is there any trace of blood in the subsequent scene in Little Arnie's office. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in How to Succeed as a Gangster (1963). See more »
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Quotes [last lines]
Caesar Enrico Bandello: Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?
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