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Based upon an idea by Broadway columnist Mark Hellinger, The Roaring Twenties opens during World War I as doughboys Eddie Bartlett (James Cagney), Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey Lynn), and George Hally (Humphrey Bogart) discuss what they will do when the war is over. Bartlett wants to go back to repairing cabs, and Hart yearns to be a lawyer, but it becomes clear that Hally has less reputable plans in mind for himself. Come the end of the war, things are not as easy for veterans like Bartlett as they should be. He is unable to get his old job back and ends up driving a cab for little money. One night he is asked to deliver a package (which turns out to be whiskey) to an address that turns out to be a speakeasy. This starts him on a life of crime, as he gets deeper involved as a bootlegger. Things are not made easy by a rival bootlegger -- who turns out to be Hally. The two join forces and prosper. Hart shares in their prosperity, as Bartlett engages him to take care of his legal matters. Unfortunately, Hart is also interested in Jean Sherman (Priscilla Lane), a young woman that Bartlett has had an eye on for quite some time. He loses her to Hart at about the same time that his criminal empire crumbles, and he is reduced to driving a cab again while Hally continues to prosper with his ruthless ways. Eventually, Hart -- now a crusading prosecutor -- runs afoul of Hally, who tells Jean that he will kill him if he doesn't change his ways. Jean begs Bartlett to intercede with Hally; because he still is carrying a torch for her, Bartlett agrees -- but by doing so, he may have signed his own death warrant. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

  • Release date:October 23, 1939

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review James Cagney Best Acting 1939 Winner

Cast

James Cagney
as Eddie Bartlett
Humphrey Bogart
as George Hally
Priscilla Lane
as Jean Sherman
Jeffrey Lynn
as Lloyd Hart
Gladys George
as Panama Smith
Paul Kelly
as Nick Brown
Frank McHugh
as Danny Green
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Sherman
Edward Keane
as Pete Henderson
Joe Sawyer
as Sgt. Jones
Joseph Crehan
as Michaels
George Meeker
as Masters
John Hamilton
as Judge
Eddy Chandler
as 2nd Officer
Max Wagner
as Lefty
Vera Lewis
as Mrs. Gray
Harry C. Bradley
Sam Harris
as Man in Club
Lew Harvey
as Ex-Con
Stuart Holmes
as Man for Turkish Bath
Donald Kerr
as Bobby Hart
Cyril Ring
as Charlie the Clerk
Elliott Sullivan
Abner Biberman
as Henchman
John Deering
as Commentator
Eddie Acuff
as Cabdriver
Murray Alper
as 1st Mechanic
Raymond Bailey
as Second Man
James Blaine
as Doorman
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
Al Bridge
as Captain
Nat Carr
as Waiter
Clay Clement
as Bramfield, the broker
Ann Codee
as Saleswoman
Maurice Costello
Joe Devlin
as Order-taker
James Flavin
Fred Graham
as Henchman
Creighton Hale
as Customer
Bert Hanlon
as Piano player
John Harron
as Soldier
Raymond Harvey
as Ex-con
George Humbert
as Luigi, Proprietor
Milt Kibbee
as Taxi Driver
Arthur Loft
as Proprietor of still
Frank Mayo
Philip Morris
as Policeman
Jack Norton
as Drunk
Pat O'Malley
as Jailer
Oscar O'Shea
Emory Parnell
Lee Phelps
as Bailiff
Paul Phillips
as Mike
John Ridgely
as Cabdriver
Jeffrey Sayre
as Order Taker
Billy Wayne
Dick Wessel
as 2nd Mechanic
Frank Wilcox
Lotta Williams
as Couple
Norman Willis
as Bootlegger
Al Hill
as Ex-con
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
Ann Codee
as Saleswoman
Eddie Acuff
as Cabdriver
Lotta Williams
as Couple
Jack Norton
as Drunk
Norman Willis
as Bootlegger
Pat O'Malley
as Jailer
John Deering
as Commentator
John Ridgely
as Cabdriver
Nat Carr
as Waiter
Fred Graham
as Henchman
Dick Wessel
as 2nd Mechanic
Cyril Ring
as Charlie the Clerk
Abner Biberman
as Henchman
Paul Phillips
as Mike
Sam Harris
as Man in Club
Lew Harvey
as Ex-Con
Bert Hanlon
as Piano player
Creighton Hale
as Customer
Raymond Bailey
as Second Man
Arthur Loft
as Proprietor of still
Donald Kerr
as Bobby Hart
Clay Clement
as Bramfield, the broker
Raymond Harvey
as Ex-con
Murray Alper
as 1st Mechanic
Joe Devlin
as Order-taker
George Humbert
as Luigi, Proprietor
Milt Kibbee
as Taxi Driver
Lee Phelps
as Bailiff
Jeffrey Sayre
as Order Taker
Philip Morris
as Policeman
John Harron
as Soldier
James Blaine
as Doorman
Stuart Holmes
as Man for Turkish Bath
Al Bridge
as Captain

Crew

Raoul Walsh
Director
Robert Rossen
Screenwriter
Richard Macaulay
Screenwriter
Mark Hellinger
Screen Story
Jerry Wald
Screenwriter
Ernest Haller
Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ray Heindorf
Composer (Music Score)
Isham Jones
Songwriter
Gus Kahn
Songwriter
Ernie Burnett
Songwriter
Heinz Roemheld
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Killifer
Editor
Max Parker
Art Director
Sam Bischoff
Associate Producer
Jack L. Warner
Executive Producer
Hal B. Wallis
Executive Producer
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
Byron Haskin
Special Effects
Eubie Blake
Special Effects
Edwin DuPar
Special Effects
Dick Mayberry
First Assistant Director
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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