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The Public Enemy

1931 Rated NR 1hr 23m

Crime doesn't pay, as James Cagney learns in this vintage Warner Brothers gangster movie that's become a much-imitated classic of the genre. Cagney plays hot-headed Tom Powers, who's on the fast track running illegal hooch during Prohibition. Directed by William A. Wellman, the film is famous for its scene where a ticked-off Cagney smashes his breakfast grapefruit in Mae Clarke's face. Jean Harlow and Joan Blondell co-star.

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Movie Details

1932 Academy Award®
  • Best Writing nominee
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.37:1


English, Spanish (Neutral), French

Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; closed captioned.