The Public Enemy (1931)

Action, Crime, Drama
James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods
Tom Powers and Matt Doyle are best friends and fellow gangsters. Their lives are frowned on by Tom's straitlaced brother Mike and Matt's straitlaced sister Molly. From their teenage years into young-adulthood, Tom and Matt have an increasingly-lucrative life, bootlegging during the Prohibition era. But Tom becomes more and more brazen in what he is willing to do and becomes more obstinate and violent against those who disagree with or cross him. When one of their colleagues dies in a freak accident, a rival bootlegging faction senses weakness among Tom and Matt's gang, which is led by Paddy Ryan. A gang war ensues, resulting in Paddy suggesting that Tom and Matt lay low. But because of Tom's basic nature, he decides instead to take matters into his own hands.—Huggo
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