The Luck of the Irish Blogathon – The Roaring Twenties (1939)


This is the third of 5 posts dedicated to The Luck of the Irish Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“[Yet another soldier has dived into the shell hole for cover] There’s ten thousand shell holes around here and everybody’s gotta’ come divin’ into this one.” – George Halley

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Three men who fought in World War I try to find ways to make a living during the age of Prohibition.

My Take on it – Great film that works so well largely due to the spectacular performances by the cast.

James Cagney is superb in the lead role and helps keep the story so fascinating to watch as things unfold in directions that one might not have expected.

Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane and Gladys George also add so much to the atmosphere of the days when gangsters rules the streets in order to help keep the liquor flowing at all costs.

The dialogue helps set the story up really well along the way and that helps enhance things even more while watching the plot progress here.

There are many aspects pf this film that have been copied over the years, but they still manage to film a unique voice in everything that they are saying here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film sparked a nostalgia craze. Radio stations began playing 1920s music. Producer Mark Hellinger appeared on Bing Crosby’s Kraft Music Hall radio show, and singer Kate Smith promoted the film on all of her radio programs. Both Life and Look magazines published “Roaring Twenties” layouts. Concerned by this societal craze, film censors became reluctant to approve future cinematic depictions of the 1920s for fear of “glamorizing the wickedness” of the Prohibition era. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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