This black & white educational/promotional film is a look at the gangster films of the 1930s. From Cagney to Robinson, a montage of clips along with newsreel footage of real life criminals Al Capone and John Dillinger. This is from 1961 or 1963, research shows both dates.
Opening titles: "How To Succeed As A Gangster" (:07-:12). Barrels of liquor and beer are smashed and opened, it is Prohibition. Liquor goes down the sewer. Couples dance. People drink alcohol. Policemen arrest gangsters. Gangsters are led, handcuffed, into a building. "Scarface" Al Capone walks. He is led down the steps past newsmen. Capone watches a horse race. In Florida, Capone has a palatial estate. A dead man lays on a city street. The body is covered with a blanket. The funeral in Chicago, IL for Dean O'Banion. Cars go slow in the funeral procession (:12-3:00). John Dillinger. John sits in a jail cell. Hollywood studio. In the 1930s, the studios make gangster movies. Lights at night of NYC. People enter a movie theater. John Dillinger looks a little like Humphrey Bogart. Al Capone like Edward G. Robinson. Dean O'Banion like James Cagney. Other actors in gangster films include: John Garfield, Spencer Tracy, George Raft, Paul Muni, and William Powell. Hollywood backlot, extras get ready, cameras are ready on a prison set. The director speaks with extras, returns to his seat and begins filming. Slums of NYC in the Hollywood backlot. Scenes show: James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, John Garfield, Edward G. Robinson, George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, and William Powell (3:01-7:08). Benefits of being a gangster: Women. James Cagney in The Public Enemy, the classic grapefruit scene with co-star Mae Clark. Scenes showing Cagney roughing up women (7:09-8:37). Dangerous men play cards. Edward G. Robinson scene in Little Caesar. Scenes showing Robinson being tough (8:38-10:05). James Cagney. Scenes showing Cagney, Robinson, Garfield roughing up others. Violence leads to violence. Gunplay in gangster movies. Police stand near their cars at a roadblock as a gangster tries to pass through. Police chase a gangster and shoot at one another. Motorcycles chase a car and shoot at it. Cars crash. Police on motorcycles. A gangster takes on the entire police force, lots of shots fired. A giant brawl on the street. Shots are fired (10:06-13:24). No end credits.
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