The Roaring Twenties
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Based upon an idea by Broadway columnist Mark Hellinger, The Roaring Twenties opens during World War I as doughboys Eddie Bartlett (James Cagney), Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey Lynn), and George Hally (Humphrey Bogart) discuss what they will do when the war is over. Bartlett wants to go back to repairing cabs, and Hart yearns to be a lawyer, but it becomes clear that Hally has less reputable plans in mind for himself. Come the end of the war, things are not as easy for veterans like Bartlett as they should be. He is unable to get his old job back and ends up driving a cab for little money. One night he… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If Raoul Walsh didn't invent the Warners style, then he certainly brought it to its electric apex"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It has a good cast and the production values were first-class, allowing it to rise slightly above its hackneyed script."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Roaring Twenties (1939) is action director Raoul Walsh's first gangster film. This newsreel-like, semi-documentary film,"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"A powerful story of wartime bonds and their staying power through the most adverse of circumstances."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"One of the last great gangster films of the 1930s. Cagney brings a touch of poignancy to the hood who time has passed by, and Gladys George is splendid as Panama."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Dynamic, quintessential gangster film, wonderfully stylized by director Raoul Walsh,"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"An epochal rise-and-fall epic of the gangster cycle."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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