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Warner Bros. Pictures Gangsters Collection, Vol. 3: Black Legion; Brother Orchid; Lady Killer; Picture Snatcher; Smart Money; The Mayor of Hell

 
 
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Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis & others.
Studio Warner Bros.
Format 6 DVDs, boxed Full screen
Dimensions 7.6 x 5.35 x 3.7
DVD Encoding
Region 1: North America  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 085391188742
Runtime/Release Date 8 hrs 10 mins/2008
Daedalus Item Code 58335
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Warner Bros. cornered the market on tough guy flicks in the 1930s, with hardcore gangsters, detectives, and cops galore. Picture Snatcher (1933) stars James Cagney as a gangster who becomes a top tabloid photographer after falling for the daughter of the cop who put him away. Cagney appeared with Mae Clarke the same year in Lady Killer, as a resourceful usher fired for running a gambling sideline in a Chicago movie house. In The Mayor of Hell (also 1933), Cagney delivers votes to a political boss and is given a no-show job as superintendent for a reform school; seeing the terrible conditions, he takes over the job in earnest. Cagney and Edward G. Robinson co-starred for the only time in Smart Money (1931), in which Robinson plays a small-town barber who fancies himself a big-time gambler, with disastrous results. In Black Legion (1936), factory worker Humphrey Bogart spirals downwards after persecuting immigrant minorities. And Robinson returns for an endearing turn as a gangster who falls in with a group of gentle monks in the 1940 comedy Brother Orchid. The set comes with many trailers, newsreels, musical shorts, and cartoons.

"Viewers unfamiliar with the pictures will be intrigued by the studio's general sympathy for the hard times of the Depression, with its street-wise cardsharps and slick operators. Four of the films here are also from the Pre-code years, and exhibit a look-the-other-way attitude toward sex and wrongdoing in general. Even better, Warners have performed full video restorations on these titles.... They play like new movies."DVD Talk

 
 
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