City Streets
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Never one to hide his talent under a bushel basket, director Rouben Mamoulien proudly proclaimed that, while there were ten killings in his 1931 gangster drama City Streets, the audience never sees any of them. This was not the only innovation in this fascinating early talkie, in which straight-arrow movie hero Gary Cooper is cast as a racketeer known only as The Kid. He has chosen a life of crime out of love for Nan (Sylvia Sidney), the daughter of mob henchman Pop Cooley (Guy Kibbee). Eventually railroaded into prison by her crooked cohorts, Nan implores The Kid to give up the rackets, but… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This atmospheric gangster classic, from 1931, is based on a story by Dashiell Hammett; it offers a terse visual translation of his prose as well as of his cold-blooded view of Prohibition-era underworld wiles."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Quite the wry gangster sonata"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Gary Cooper, in a fine, gangly performance as a saintly bootlegger, is worth watching."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A romance story cloaked in the garb of an outdated crime drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mamoulian's inentive crime-gangster film of the early sound era stars the young, handsome Gary Cooper in atypical role, before he became a movie star."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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