I’m still in the middle of my holiday weekend salute to the early years of the most fiscally successful movie studio for the last two years running, back when Warners was known for films which explored the grimy underside of society in highly entertaining ways. First, a pre-code muckraking classic directed by Mervyn LeRoy, produced by Hal Wallis, and starring Paul Muni — the first method actor to become a real superstar and therefore the creative descendant of Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift who together set the mold for probably most of the film stars of the last forty or fifty years or so, to some extent or another.
And here’s is maybe my favorite gangster movie of all time not involving the Corleone clan. Raoul Walsh’s hugely enjoyable “The Roaring Twenties” from 1939. The hype about that year isn’t so far wrong.