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Some of their appeal certainly related to the mobsters' embrace of wealth and power which were sadly lacking in the lives of so many during the Depression.
But the films also gained popularity because the screen gangster died or, in some instances, was incarcerated at the finale. The importance of this reassuring closure, a convention of the genre even before the Production Code Administration cracked down on it inshould not be overlooked.
It is doubtful that contemporary spectators would have been so enthusiastic about Hollywood gangsters if they had emerged triumphant at the fade-out.
Viewed remained fascinated with these avatars of the dark side of the American Dream so long as they were able to leave movie theaters feeling that no one in the modern world really gets away with such outrageous disregard for the law. The genre became established during the silent period, which culminated with such successful and well-regarded examples as Underworld and The Racket However, it quickly gained maturity and entered one of its most exciting periods once sound was possible.
Lights of New Yorkthe first 'all-talking picture,' was a gangster film and a blockbuster hit.
Soon enough, similar films would take advantage of the dynamic possibilities of sound to provide audiences with squealing tires, police sirens, machine gun blasts, rumbling explosions and, most importantly, the special urban dialogue of the characters.
Such slang terms as 'molls' and 'mugs,' 'gats' and 'heaters,' and 'taking someone for a ride' quickly became recognized elements of the American language. Other factors contributed to the popularity of the gangster genre during the early years of the Depression. The continuation of prohibition it would be abolished in caused the gangster, in his bootlegger incarnation, to take on a Robin Hood persona in the minds of liberal-minded filmgoers.
If one were patronizing a bootlegger, it was difficult to view him as a hardened criminal or danger to society. This was also the era when actual criminals, such as Al Capone, John Dillinger, 'Baby Face' Nelson and 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, became celebrities, their exploits chronicled in newspapers, magazines, radio programs and newsreels.
Audiences eagerly awaited stories about the latest St.
Film producers were, of course, paying attention. They modeled many of their on-screen scofflaws after the real-life law breakers. Over 50 gangster films were produced between and Each made a star of its lead actor: RobinsonJames CagneyPaul Muni.
Each told essentially the same story: And each featured snappy dialogue, memorable male and female secondary characters, shocking violence and punchy sound design, all of which would be benchmarks of the genre for years to come.
To a certain extent, future gangster pictures would be measured against these early successes. Even before enforcement of the Production Code began in mid, the gangster genre started to lose its hold on the audience.
The constant criticism of reformers, the national shock over the kidnapping and subsequent death of the Lindbergh baby in which was initially blamed on underworld types, the end of Prohibition and the over-production of gangster pictures all contributed to the genre's decline.
Breen let it be known that sympathetic gangsters would no longer be tolerated. Realizing that spectators would be unlikely to patronize films featuring thoroughly repellent protagonists, the studio heads turned away from the genre. InWarner Bros, found a way to inject new life into the form.
Relegating the criminal to secondary status, the studio focused instead on the crime fighter who attacks or infiltrates a gang and brings the villains to justice.
Robinson in the main parts. They exhibited many of the same characteristics that had made them stand out in their earlier roles - toughness, cynicism, rebelliousness, a penchant for violence; in short, they were still gangsters, only now they were sporting badges and acting for the public good.
But even though the film was quite violent and clearly violated the Production Code 'Revenge in modern times shall not be justified'Breen let it go because the hero was on the right side of the law.
InDewey engineered the conviction of Lucky Luciano on 61 different criminal charges. Dead End ushered in a new strain of socially aware gangster pictures which wrestled with the question of how criminal behavior can be minimized in the United States.
Drawing on contemporary social science research, Dead End dramatized the thesis that environmental factors are the principal cause of antisocial behavior, and advocated the eradication of poverty and slum conditions as the necessary antidote.
Dead End and other similarly themed pictures that followed in its wake, such as Angels with Dirty FacesCrime SchoolMutiny in the Big House and Men of Boys Townalso emphasized the failure of penal institutions and reform schools whose brutalizing conditions were much more likely to turn individuals into hardened criminals than regenerated citizens.Dear Reader (And especially Martha McSally’s dog), As I often note, I increasingly tend to see the political scene as a scripted reality show in which the writers don’t flesh out the dialogue.
In the thrilling underworld of speakeasies Tommy guns and turf wars Al Capone was the undisputed emperor of s Chicago. "Scarface"--a nickname born from the consequences of a violent encounter in his youth--was many things to many people: a ruthless and vindictive murderer a generous patron and a glamorous impresario.
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