The Roaring Twenties (1939) | Mechanics' Institute

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The Roaring Twenties (1939)
January 2020 - Speakeasy! Prohibition at 100

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 6:00pm

Directed by Raoul Walsh | James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart

Three men who shared a fox hole during WWI each take different paths. Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey Lynn) returns to practice law, Eddie Bartlett (James Cagney) drives a cab, and saloon-keeper George Hally (Humphrey Bogart) becomes a bootlegger. Their lives and fates intertwine throughout the twenties, to the stock market crash, and into the Great Depression. This film not only popularized the term “roaring twenties,” but closes with a line ranked by the American Film Institute as the #1 last words of a gangster movie.

 

Images with permission of Waner Bros.

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