The Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties (1939)

A pair of World War I buddies become underworld kingpins.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1939
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Walsh unfolds the practical details of bootleggers' nocturnal maneuvers with quiet comedic flair alongside harrowing violence.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Dynamic, quintessential gangster film, wonderfully stylized by director Raoul Walsh,

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

An epochal rise-and-fall epic of the gangster cycle.

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Fernando F. Croce

If Raoul Walsh didn't invent the Warners style, then he certainly brought it to its electric apex

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It has a good cast and the production values were first-class, allowing it to rise slightly above its hackneyed script.

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Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

The Roaring Twenties (1939) is action director Raoul Walsh's first gangster film. This newsreel-like, semi-documentary film,

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

A powerful story of wartime bonds and their staying power through the most adverse of circumstances.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
The Roaring Twenties charts the rise and fall of prohibition racketeer James Cagney from the trenches of the great war to the stock market crash of 1929.… More
Stella Dallas
a little too much sentiment and the sickly sweet priscilla lane keep this from being a perfect gangster film. the final showdown between cagney and bogie is… More
Ken Stachnik
Not my favorite Cagney, Bogart or Walsh, but still a solid gangster flick.<br/><br/>Worth seeing for the historical narrative montages.
danny d
another gangster classic that delivers. cagney was great as eddie bartlett and bogart plays a very convincing villian. although the film skips through the… More
Aj V
This is a good movie about the 1920s, and a good gangster movie, with a good cast. I liked this movie.
jay nixon
Great Warners Bros gangster flick. Gladys George is heartbreaking as an "off key canary"