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« on: August 13, 2012, 05:35:49 AM »

Little Caesar (1931)

The story of the rise and fall of an Al Capone-like gangster in Prohibition-era Chicago.

Cast, courtesy of imdb

Edward G. Robinson    ...   Little Caesar - Alias 'Rico'
    Douglas Fairbanks Jr.    ...   Joe Massara
    Glenda Farrell    ...   Olga Stassoff
    William Collier Jr.    ...   Tony Passa
    Sidney Blackmer    ...   Big Boy
    Ralph Ince    ...   Pete Montana
    Thomas E. Jackson    ...   Sergeant Flaherty (as Thomas Jackson)
    Stanley Fields    ...   Sam Vettori
    Maurice Black    ...   Little Arnie Lorch
    George E. Stone    ...   Otero
    Armand Kaliz    ...   De Voss
    Nicholas Bela    ...   Ritz Colonna (as Nick Bela)

I give the movie a 4/10

Edward G. Robinson is terrific. But other than him, I just couldn't stand many of the other actors and the cop, with these
way-over-the-top annoying tough guy accents. That killed this movie for me, pretty much singlehandedly. Like each gangster (and cop) is trying to outdo the other with these annoying phony tough guy accents, and they sound cartoonishly silly. Almost every time anyone other than Robinson opened his mouth, I wanted to kill myself. It's a shame because other than that, the scenes themselves were mostly very good with the exception of that sequence involving the guy who turned yellow, which was one awfully annoying sequence if not for those annoying tough-guy-speak, this rating would have been several points higher.

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