History Film / ThePublicEnemy

23rd Aug '16 4:06:02 AM jamespolk
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''The Public Enemy'' is a 1931 [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode pre-Code]] Creator/WarnerBros gangster film directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman. It's often seen as the film that made Creator/JamesCagney a star. It also typecast him as a tough guy and gangster, and he kept playing roles like that throughout TheThirties.

The "Public Enemy" of the film is Tom Powers (Cagney), a young man living in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} during Prohibition whose crimes progress from small-time theft to bootlegging and murder.

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''The Public Enemy'' is a 1931 [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode [[UsefulNotes/ThePreCodeEra pre-Code]] Creator/WarnerBros gangster film directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman. It's often seen as the film that made Creator/JamesCagney a star. It also typecast him as a tough guy and gangster, and he kept playing roles like that throughout TheThirties.

The "Public Enemy" of the film is Tom Powers (Cagney), a young man living in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} during the projects of UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. He starts out with petty crime as juvenile, but Prohibition whose crimes progress from small-time theft offers him a chance to graduate to bootlegging and murder.
murder.

Creator/JeanHarlow appears as Gwen, Tom's moll.



* PrettyInMink: Gwen Allen (Creator/JeanHarlow).

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* PrettyInMink: Gwen Allen (Creator/JeanHarlow).wears some lovely minks.
3rd Jun '16 10:43:06 AM Mdumas43073
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/The_Public_Enemy_3497.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I ain't so tough!"'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I [[caption-width-right:300:''"I ain't so tough!"'']]
5th Nov '15 4:45:41 PM eroock
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* BookEnds: Opens with a message that this film's purpose isn't to glorify gangsters, and closes with the message that 'The Public Enemy' is a problem in society that must be stopped.

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: Opens with a message that this film's purpose isn't to glorify gangsters, and closes with the message that 'The Public Enemy' is a problem in society that must be stopped.
5th Nov '15 4:44:27 PM eroock
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-->--'''Mike Powers''', confronting his brother

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-->--'''Mike -->-- '''Mike Powers''', confronting his brother






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!!Tropes:!!This film provides examples of:
5th Nov '15 4:43:50 PM eroock
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'''''The Public Enemy''''' is a 1931 [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode pre-Code]] Creator/WarnerBros gangster film directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman. It's often seen as the film that made Creator/JamesCagney a star. It also typecast him as a tough guy and gangster, and he kept playing roles like that throughout TheThirties.

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'''''The ''The Public Enemy''''' Enemy'' is a 1931 [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode pre-Code]] Creator/WarnerBros gangster film directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman. It's often seen as the film that made Creator/JamesCagney a star. It also typecast him as a tough guy and gangster, and he kept playing roles like that throughout TheThirties.
2nd Sep '15 4:51:04 AM Mdumas43073
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''The Public Enemy'' is a 1931 [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode pre-Code]] Creator/WarnerBros gangster film directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman. It's often seen as the film that made Creator/JamesCagney a star. It also typecast him as a tough guy and gangster, and he kept playing roles like that throughout TheThirties.

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''The '''''The Public Enemy'' Enemy''''' is a 1931 [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode pre-Code]] Creator/WarnerBros gangster film directed by Creator/WilliamAWellman. It's often seen as the film that made Creator/JamesCagney a star. It also typecast him as a tough guy and gangster, and he kept playing roles like that throughout TheThirties.
9th Mar '15 2:25:27 AM gallium
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Explicitly stated in the opening title card.

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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Explicitly InUniverse--in fact, explicitly stated in the opening title card.
16th Feb '15 2:55:32 AM KJMackley
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''The Public Enemy'' is a 1931 [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode pre-Code]] Creator/WarnerBros gangster film directed by William A. Wellman. It's often seen as the film that made Creator/JamesCagney a star. It also typecast him as a tough guy and gangster, and he kept playing roles like that throughout TheThirties.

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''The Public Enemy'' is a 1931 [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode pre-Code]] Creator/WarnerBros gangster film directed by William A. Wellman.Creator/WilliamAWellman. It's often seen as the film that made Creator/JamesCagney a star. It also typecast him as a tough guy and gangster, and he kept playing roles like that throughout TheThirties.
11th Sep '14 9:20:07 PM gallium
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* PrettyInMink: Gwen Allen (JeanHarlow).

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* PrettyInMink: Gwen Allen (JeanHarlow).(Creator/JeanHarlow).
9th Dec '13 6:21:51 PM jamespolk
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* PieInTheFace[=/=]FoodSlap: The film [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4R5wZs8cxI iconical scene]] has Tom smashing a half grapefruit into his girlfriend's face.

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* PieInTheFace[=/=]FoodSlap: The film film's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4R5wZs8cxI iconical iconic scene]] has Tom smashing a half grapefruit into his girlfriend's face.
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