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The Little Giant (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 20 May 1933 (USA)
When Prohibition ends, a beer baron sees the writing on the wall, quits the rackets, and tries to break into California society.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Robert Lord (original screen play), Wilson Mizner (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... James Francis 'Bugs' Ahearn
Mary Astor ... Ruth Wayburn
Helen Vinson ... Polly Cass
Russell Hopton ... Al Daniels
Kenneth Thomson ... John Stanley
Shirley Grey ... Edith Merriam
Berton Churchill ... Donald Hadley Cass
Don Dillaway ... Gordon Cass (as Donald Dillaway)
Louise Mackintosh ... Mrs. Dudley Hadley Cass
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Storyline

Prohibition is ending so bootlegger Bugs Ahearn decides to crack California society. He leases a house from down-on-her-luck Ruth and hires her as social secretary. He rescues Polly Cass from a horsefall and goes home to meet her dad who sells him some phony stock certificates. When he learns about this he sends to Chicago for mob help. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

"Little Caesar" Swaps Dames for Debs...Beer Trucks for Tea Cups! (Print Ad- Milwaukee Sentinel, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 1 June 1933)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aristokratis gangster See more »

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Budget:

$197,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bugs says he has $1.25M "salted away". That would equate to $21.55M in 2017. See more »

Quotes

Albert J. 'Al' Daniels: Have you gone screwy?
James Francis 'Bugs': They ain't gonna make a chump outta me.
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Soundtracks

Pilgrim's Chorus
(uncredited)
From "Tannhäuser" (1843-5)
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Edward G. Robinson
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Very cute, similar to 'Brother Orchid'
11 March 2019 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

The Little Giant is so adorable, and so entertaining, I accidentally watched it twice without recognizing it until halfway through! I love Edward G. Robinson, so it was no hardship to sit through one of his classically touching films about a gangster who wants to go straight and find class in high society. If you loved him in Brother Orchid, check out The Little Giant.

When Eddy G and his faithful sidekick Russell Hopton go to Santa Barbara after their bootlegging days are over, they're snubbed by high society. Only after his wealth becomes apparent does Eddy G get noticed, and unfortunately by the wrong woman: Helen Vinson. She's a gold-digger and seduces Eddy G while the rest of her family tries to swindle him out of money. This sounds depressing, but like I said, if you liked Brother Orchid, watch this movie. It's cuter and more heart-warming than it sounds. There are tons of jokes as he tries to come across as high class, like calling Plato 'Pluto' and asking what state California is in. Plus, it's always sweet to see Eddy G in a romance, and this time around he gets to fall in love with both Helen and Mary Astor!


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