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Old 07-13-2009, 07:47 PM   #1
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I'm watching an old James Cagney flick called "White Heat" and got to thinking about who was the best old black and white era gangster. I like these old flicks better than the modern stuff because they relied on plot over special effects....plus they same "dame" a lot...lol So who ya got? Cagney? Edward G. Robinson maybe?

Whose the best black 'n white era gangster?
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:49 PM   #2
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Honestly, i loved Bruce Willis's role in Last Man Standing. Great flick.
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Cagney, Bogart, Edward G Robinson. They were all good.
And you're right about the movies often being better....they still wrote scripts.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:52 PM   #4
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Honestly, i loved Bruce Willis's role in Last Man Standing. Great flick.
Black 'n white era = Pre 1960 (approx)
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Yea, sorry about that. I missed the last sentence. I dont think i even know of any black and white era movies. At least i dont remember any that ive seen. lol
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The gangsters in "on the waterfront". Cool movie.
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Ha ha...nobody says "coppers" any more.
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Edward G. Robinson.
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Cagney. Robinson,

Pacino in Scarface and godfather in color.

Or the classic:

"English, do you speak it"
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Cagney is my favorite..I will never look at a grapefruit quite the same...but my favorite film was the original Scarface from the 30s...I truly loathe the remake...freaking Pacino with his little gun....geezus, overact much..
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Edward G. Robinson.
Is he the same guy from Key largo? My vote is for him.
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Cagney is my favorite..I will never look at a grapefruit quite the same...but my favorite film was the original Scarface from the 30s...I truly loathe the remake...freaking Pacino with his little gun....geezus, overact much..
He had an 8-ball up his nose and an AK-49 on him.
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Little Caesar is probably the best
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99% of the movies made before 1960 are crap.
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99% of the movies made before 1960 are crap.
[shrug] 99% of the movies made since 1960 are crap too. Your point is...?

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[shrug] 99% of the movies made since 1960 are crap too. Your point is...?

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who was in the movie that the kid on Home Alone was playing to scare off the robbers with
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who was in the movie that the kid on Home Alone was playing to scare off the robbers with
Joe Pesci - admittedly quite the gangster in Casino and Goodfellas, but that would be post 1960...and then there's my Cousin Vinnie...funny, but not really gangsta...

Little Caesar is also a good film, forgot about that one..

Umm as for the remake of Scarface...I suppose I just prefer Pacino in Godfathers 1 and 2...just a more developed performance I think. But I am a bit biased, alwasy been a DeNiro fan (especially as we have the same birthday). Plus the director of Scarface, Brian DePalma, while I have enjoyed a few films (Carrie, even Mission Impossible to some degree) I always disliked his tendancy to borrow a lot from Hitchcock and muck it up and may have biased my Scarface take...Michelle Pfeiffer is awesome as always, but I just though Pacino too over the top, too much of a charicature like in Scent of a Woman...
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Public Enemies and Scarface(the original) are awesome.
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Joe Pesci - admittedly quite the gangster in Casino and Goodfellas, but that would be post 1960...and then there's my Cousin Vinnie...funny, but not really gangsta...

Little Caesar is also a good film, forgot about that one..

Umm as for the remake of Scarface...I suppose I just prefer Pacino in Godfathers 1 and 2...just a more developed performance I think. But I am a bit biased, alwasy been a DeNiro fan (especially as we have the same birthday). Plus the director of Scarface, Brian DePalma, while I have enjoyed a few films (Carrie, even Mission Impossible to some degree) I always disliked his tendancy to borrow a lot from Hitchcock and muck it up and may have biased my Scarface take...Michelle Pfeiffer is awesome as always, but I just though Pacino too over the top, too much of a charicature like in Scent of a Woman...
Little Caesar is the OG film.
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99% of the movies made before 1960 are crap.
You are incorrect sir.

They don't have all the great sets or simple special effects we have now. BTW I go on record as the only person who thinks CGI is lame.

Check out Jean Cocteau's films, his Orpheus series is kick assed, it uses WWII damage as sets!

Cocteau's version of Beauty and the beast shot right after the war has some of the best effects from that or any era.

I like the Cagney, Bogy, Robinson, Movies plus most anything Cary Grant was in.

You are missing a lot if you pass by these greats.

If you don't think they showed any skin in movies prior to 1960 check out Myrna Loy's dresses in the 20's and 30's, she was practially nekid.
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Wow...that's just nuts.
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