2 Irish Mob Movies for your St Patrick's Day viewing

James Cagney and Pat O'Brien
Angels with Dirty Faces

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. 

Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly were tough kids who grew up together in the toughest part of New York --- Hell's Kitchen. Early on, Rocky gets sent to reform school, where he learns how to be a first class criminal. Jerry, who had escaped from the law, goes straight and becomes a priest. As adults, they reunite in the old neighborhood: Jerry works with the kids who, like he and Rocky, could end up on either side of the law. Rocky has returned looking for a safe place to stay till he can get back into his old racketeering organization -- something that his old partner isn't anxious to have happen. Lots of rapid fire wisecracks, roughhousing and gunfire ensues.  Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>


James Cagney and Jean Harlow
Public Enemy - A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.- Tom Powers and Matt Doyle are best friends and fellow gangsters, their lives frowned upon by Tom's straight laced brother, Mike, and Matt's straight laced sister, Molly. From their teen-aged years into young adulthood, Tom and Matt have an increasingly lucrative life, bootlegging during the Prohibition era. But Tom in particular becomes more and more brazen in what he is willing to do, and becomes more obstinate and violent against those who either disagree with him or cross him. When one of their colleagues dies in a freak accident, a rival bootlegging faction senses weakness among Tom and Matt's gang, which is led by Paddy Ryan. A gang war ensues, resulting in Paddy suggesting that Tom and Matt lay low. But because of Tom's basic nature, he decides instead to take matters into his own hands. Written by Huggo   


 

5 comments:

  1. It's fun to watch the old movies - glimpses into a past and time we'll never see again. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. That's why I love watching old movies. Seeing that glimpse, wouldn't be wonderful if movies had been around for hundreds of years!?

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    1. Wow wouldn't that be a trip! :-) Some of the really old ones are like going back in time.

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  3. I've heard of both of these, but never had the chance to watch them. My all-time favorite would have to be Casablanca (the B&W version, of course). :)

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    1. Casablanca is awesome and one of my favorites as well!

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