Little Caesar Movie 1931
Little Caesar is a 1931 American pre-Code crime film given Warner Brothers, directed simply by Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Edward G. Robinson, Glenda Farrell, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The film tells the story of a hoodlum who else ascends the ranks involving organized crime until he reaches its upper echelons. The storyline was taken from the novel of the same name by William R. Burnett. Little Caesar was Robinson’s breakthrough role and immediately made him a major motion picture star. The film is often listed as one of the first full-blown gangster films and remains well received by pros.
Runtime: 80 minutes
Genre: Classics, Drama
In Theaters: Jan 25, 1931 Limited
On Disc/Streaming: Jan 25, 2005
Studio: Warner Home Video
Directed By: Mervyn LeRoy
Written By: Francis Edwards Faragoh, W.R. Burnett, Robert E. Lee, Francis Edward Faragoh, Robert N. Lee, Robert Lord
Small-time criminals Caesar Enrico “Rico” Bandello (Edward G. Robinson) and his good friend Joe Massara (Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ) move to Chi town to seek their fortunes. Lujoso joins the gang associated with Sam Vettori (Stanley Fields), while Joe wants to become a dancer. Olga (Glenda Farrell) becomes his dance partner and girlfriend.
Joe attempts to drift away from the gang and also its activities, but Rico can make him participate in the robbery of the nightclub wherever he works. Despite requests from underworld overlord “Big Boy” (Sidney Blackmer) to any or all his men to prevent bloodshed, Rico firearms down crusading crime commissioner Alvin McClure in the course of the robbery, with May well as an aghast witness.
Rico accuses Sam of becoming gentle and seizes control of the organization. Rival boss “Little Arnie” Lorch (Maurice Black) tries to have Rico slain, but Rico is only grazed. He and his gunmen pay out Little Arnie a visit, after which it Arnie hastily departs for Detroit. The Big Boy eventually gives Rico control of all Chicago’s Northside.
Rico will become concerned that Joe is aware too much about him. He warns Joe that he must forget about Olga and join the dog in a life of criminal offense. Rico threatens to get rid of both Joe and Olga unless he accedes, nevertheless Joe refuses to give in. Olga calls Police Sergeant Flaherty and tells him May well is ready to talk, just just before Rico and his henchman Otero (George E. Stone) come phoning. Rico finds, to their surprise, that he is unable to get his friend’s life. Whenever Otero tries to do the job him self, Rico wrestles the weapon away from him, though certainly not before Joe is wounded. Hearing the shot, Flaherty and another cop give chase and kill Altozano. With details provided by Olga, Flaherty proceeds to grind Rico’s organization.
Desperate and also alone, Rico “retreats to the gutter from which he sprang. ” While hiding within a flophouse, he becomes infuriated when he learns that Flaherty has called him some sort of coward in the newspaper. They foolishly telephones the cop to announce he is arriving for him. The call is traced, and he is gunned down by Flaherty right behind a billboard – an advertisement featuring dancers May well and Olga – as well as, dying, utters his last words, “Mother of compassion, is this the end of Lujoso? “