Little Caesar (1931)
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It shows its age a little bit, but come on, this was literally 3 years after the first "talkie" motion picture. Robinson plays a great gangster despite that he hasn't quite gotten the trademark look that he would grow into.
"If anyone gets yellow and squeals, my gun is gonna speak its peace."
Disappointing film. Robinson could act in his sleep, but there wasn't a lot to work with. Rico started bad and he remained bad for the rest of the movie without much else going on. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was barely in it. The Public Enemy and Scarface are better pre-code gangster films.
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This movie ranks #6 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #58 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #70 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #97 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #291 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #300 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #352 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #478 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #527 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #567 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films