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Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 January 1931 (USA)
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A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

W.R. Burnett (novel), Robert N. Lee (continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Little Caesar - Alias 'Rico'
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Joe Massara
Glenda Farrell ... Olga Stassoff
William Collier Jr. ... Tony Passa
Sidney Blackmer ... Big Boy
Ralph Ince ... Pete Montana
Thomas E. Jackson ... Sgt. Flaherty (as Thomas Jackson)
Stanley Fields ... Sam Vettori
Maurice Black ... Little Arnie Lorch
George E. Stone ... Otero
Armand Kaliz ... De Voss
Nicholas Bela Nicholas Bela ... Ritz Colonna (as Nick Bela)
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Storyline

Rico is a small-time hood who knocks off gas stations for whatever he can take. He heads east and signs up with Sam Vettori's mob. A New Year's Eve robbery at Little Arnie Lorch's casino results in the death of the new crime commissioner Alvin McClure. Rico's good friend Joe Massara, who works at the club as a professional dancer, works as the gang's lookout man and wants out of the gang. Rico is ambitious and eventually takes over Vettori's gang; he then moves up to the next echelon pushing out Diamond Pete Montana. When he orders Joe to dump his girlfriend Olga and re-join the gang, Olga decides there's only one way out for them. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

GANGLAND DARED HOLLYWOOD TO MAKE IT! (Print Ad-Portsmouth Times, ((Portsmouth, Ohio)) 17 February 1931) See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Caesar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Tucson Friday 10 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9), in Phoenix Monday 17 September 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Indianapolis Saturday 22 September 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), and in San Francisco Sunday 30 September 1956 on KRON (Channel 4); as a sudden result of unexpectedly high ratings, it then aired in Miami Friday 19 October 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in Boston Saturday 10 November 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Buffalo Saturday 17 November 1956 on WBEN (Channel 4), in Salt Lake City Sunday 18 November 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2) , in Cincinnati Wednesday 28 November 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Los Angeles Friday 7 December 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), and in Portland OR Sunday 9 December 1956 on KOIN (Channel 6). See more »

Goofs

In the diner scene, Rico jumps from reading the newspaper to eating his spaghetti between shots. See more »

Quotes

De Voss: Oh, Arnie, are you fellas going to start another scrap? What's the use of my paying heavy dues for protection if there's no peace?
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Alternate Versions

In the 1954 re-release, a foreword crawl was added, warning that the "heroes" of Little Caesar and The Public Enemy represent "a problem that sooner or later we, the public, must solve." This version is often shown on cable channels. See more »

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Referenced in A Look at the World of SOYLENT GREEN (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

You, I Love But You
(uncredited)
Written by Walter O'Keefe and Robert Emmett Dolan
Played during the first Glenda Farrell-Douglas Fairbanks Jr. scene
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Like a sky rocket from the gutter.
11 January 2003 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Mervyn Leroy directs this excellent crime drama. Exceptional camera work for the early '30s. Edward G. Robinson plays Caesar Enrico "Rico" Bandello a small time hoodlum that becomes an underworld crime boss. The rise and fall of Rico and his dealings with rival gangs and pushing his way to the top makes for a classic. Very good supporting cast featuring:Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Sidney Blackner, Glenda Ferrell and George E. Stone. Robinson makes this role memorable for the ages. A must see for gangster movie fans.


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