Little Caesar The Movie
Little Caesar is a 1931 American pre-Code crime film given Warner Brothers, directed simply by Mervyn LeRoy, and featuring Edward G. Robinson, Glenda Farrell, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The film tells the story of a hoodlum who ascends the ranks regarding organized crime until he or she reaches its upper echelons. The storyline was designed from the novel of the same name by William R. Burnett. Little Caesar was Robinson’s breakthrough role and right away made him a major movie star. The film is usually listed as one of the first full-on gangster films and remains well received by critics.
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 friend Joe Massara (Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ) move to Chi town to seek their fortunes. Lujoso joins the gang involving Sam Vettori (Stanley Fields), while Joe wants to become a dancer. Olga (Glenda Farrell) becomes his dance spouse and girlfriend.
Joe attempts to drift away from the gang and its activities, but Rico makes him participate in the actual robbery of the nightclub where he works. Despite requests from underworld overlord “Big Boy” (Sidney Blackmer) to all or any his men to prevent bloodshed, Rico pistols down crusading crime commissioner Alvin McClure during the robbery, with May well as an aghast witness.
Sabroso accuses Sam of becoming smooth 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 Arnie hastily departs for Detroit. The Big Boy ultimately gives Rico control of all Chicago’s Northside.
Rico gets concerned that Joe is aware too much about him. He alerts Joe that he must overlook Olga and join him or her in a life of crime. 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 prior to Rico and his henchman Otero (George E. Stone) come contacting. Rico finds, to his surprise, that he is unable to acquire his friend’s life. Whenever Otero tries to do the job themself, Rico wrestles the gun away from him, though certainly not before Joe is injured. Hearing the shot, Flaherty and another cop present chase and kill Otero. With information provided by Olga, Flaherty proceeds to crush Rico’s organization.
Desperate as well as alone, Rico “retreats to the gutter from which he jumped. ” While hiding inside a flophouse, he becomes infuriated when he learns that Flaherty has called him any coward in the newspaper. He foolishly telephones the police to announce he is coming for him. The call is usually traced, and he is gunned down by Flaherty behind a billboard – a great advertisement featuring dancers Joe and Olga – and also, dying, utters his ultimate words, “Mother of mercy, is this the end of Lujoso? “