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The Roaring Twenties ()


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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

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Eddie Bartlett
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Jean Sherman
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George Hally
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Panama Smith
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Lloyd Hart
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Danny Green
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Nick Brown
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Mrs. Sherman (as Elizabeth Risdon)
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Henderson (as Ed Keane)
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The Sergeant - Pete Jones
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Michaels
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Masters
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Judge
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First Detective
Eddy Chandler ...
Second Detective (as Eddie Chandler)
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Henchman - Lefty
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Mrs. Gray
John Deering ...
John Deering - Narrator (voice)
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Cabbie (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander ...
Bootleg Customer (uncredited)
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Fletcher's Mechanic (uncredited)
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Hatted Passerby Before Nightclub (uncredited)
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2nd Ex-Con (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Club Doorman (uncredited)
Max Blum ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Policeman in Speakeasy (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Ship Captain (uncredited)
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Gangster (uncredited)
Nat Carr ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Clay Clement ...
Bramfield (uncredited)
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Saleswoman (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ...
Orderly (uncredited)
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President Calvin Coolidge (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Charles Corrigan ...
Charles 'Wrong-Way' Corrigan (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
Alan Davis ...
Vermont Man in Speakeasy (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Order-Taker (uncredited)
Robert Dobson ...
Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Bootlegger (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Henchman Eddie Pushes Over Railing (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ...
Pianist (uncredited)
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Street-Cleaner (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ...
Store Doorman (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ...
3rd Ex-Con (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ...
First Mate (uncredited)
Al Herman ...
Gorman Gin-Taster (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ...
Pop (uncredited)
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1st Ex-Con (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Harry Hollingsworth ...
Customer (uncredited)
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Taxi Passenger (uncredited)
Herbert Hoover ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
George Humbert ...
Luigi (uncredited)
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Official in Montage (uncredited)
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Joe - The Bartender (uncredited)
Jane Jones ...
Singing Trio Member (uncredited)
Mel Kalish ...
Singing Trio Member (uncredited)
Don Thaddeus Kerr ...
Bobby Hart (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Cabbie (uncredited)
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Cabbie (uncredited)
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Announcer (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Gangster (uncredited)
Alfred Linder ...
Foreman (uncredited)
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Singing Trio Member (uncredited)
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Still Proprietor (uncredited)
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Timid Man (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
King Mojave ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Philip Morris ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Guard (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Wendell Niles ...
Wendell Niles - Announcer (uncredited)
Field Norton ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Drunk at Henderson Club (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Jailer (uncredited)
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Customer (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Gangster (uncredited)
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Cabdriver (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Bailiff (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ...
Mike (uncredited)
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Sleeping Train Passenger (uncredited)
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Cabbie at Grand Central (uncredited)
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Charlie (uncredited)
Warren Rock ...
Gangster (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Don Rowan ...
Gangster (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ...
Warehouse Boss (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ...
Train Conductor (uncredited)
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Order-Taker (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John St. Clair ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ...
Freighter Crew Member (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ...
Eddie's Cellmate (uncredited)
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Soldier in American Army Baracks (uncredited)
Westbrook Van Voorhis ...
Westbrook van Voorhis - Narrator (uncredited)
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Gangster (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ...
Cabbie at Grand Central (uncredited)
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Tavern Proprietor (uncredited)
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Fletcher's Mechanic (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Cabbie at Grand Central (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ...
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Bootlegger (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Raoul Walsh

Written by

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Jerry Wald ... (screen play) &
Richard Macaulay ... (screen play) and
Robert Rossen ... (screen play)
 
Mark Hellinger ... (from an original story by)
 
Earl Baldwin ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)
 
Frank Donoghue ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)
 
John Wexley ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Samuel Bischoff ... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis ... executive producer
Mark Hellinger ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Ray Heindorf ... (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Ernest Haller ... director of photography (as Ernie Haller)

Film Editing by

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Jack Killifer ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Don Siegel ... montage (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Max Parker

Makeup Department

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Jack L. Warner ... in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Richard Maybery ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Everett Alton Brown ... sound (as E.A. Brown)

Special Effects by

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Edwin B. DuPar ... special effects (as Edwin Du Par)
Byron Haskin ... special effects

Stunts

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Fred Graham ... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... stunts (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Milo Anderson ... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Ray Heindorf ... orchestral arrangements
Max Steiner ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Hugh Cummings ... dialogue director
Virginia Moore ... script girl (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

After the WWI Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere. Written by Ed Stephan

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Taglines The land of the free gone wild! The heyday of the hotcha! The shock-crammed days G-men took ten whole years to lick! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The World Moves On (United States)
  • Les fantastiques années 20 (France)
  • Los violentos años veinte (Spain)
  • Burne dvadesete (Serbia)
  • Schaduwen uit het verleden (Netherlands)
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  • 106 min
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Trivia A montage features a shot of gangsters bombing a storefront. This shot is actually an alternate angle of the bombing of a store in The Public Enemy (1931), and the same shot is notably also used in a similar montage for Angels with Dirty Faces (1938). See more »
Goofs The film is full of classic songs from the 1920s, but the arrangements and vocal styles are those of 1939. No attempt is made to reproduce the actual sound of 1920s dance music. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from The Public Enemy (1931). See more »
Soundtracks I'm Just Wild About Harry See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Panama Smith: He's dead.
Cop: Well, who is this guy?
Panama Smith: This is Eddie Bartlett.
Cop: Well, how're you hooked up with him?
Panama Smith: I could never figure it out.
Cop: What was his business?
Panama Smith: He used to be a big shot.
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