Scarface (1932)


“I don’t know nothin’. I don’t see nothin’. I don’t hear nothin’. When I do I don’t tell the cops. Understand? ” – Tony Camonte

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A gangster uses his ruthless nature to climb the ladder and get rid of all of his competitors along the way.

My Take on it – Interesting look at the life of a gangster as he does all he can to rise to the top.

Paul Muni is ruthless as this character and despite his character not having any real ‘nice’ qualities, it’s still quite fascinating to see how he acts along the way.

Most of the characters here feel like caricatures and stereotypes, but that isn’t so important because the main focus is on the main characters.

Howard Hawks does a superb job directing this film and making it look quite realistic in the way it all plays out.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Screenwriter Ben Hecht was a former Chicago journalist familiar with the city’s Prohibition-era gangsters, including Al Capone. During the filming Hecht returned to his Los Angeles hotel room one night to find two Capone torpedoes waiting for him. The gangsters demanded to know if the movie was about Capone. Hecht assured them it wasn’t, saying that the character Tony Camonte was based on gangsters like “Big” Jim Colosimo and Charles Dion O’Bannion. “Then why is the movie called Scarface?” one of the hoods demanded. “Everyone will think it’s about Capone!” “That’s the reason,” said Hecht. “If you call the movie Scarface (1932), people will think it’s about Capone and come to see it. It’s part of the racket we call show business.” The Capone hoods, who appreciated the value of a scam, left the hotel placated. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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