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The Public Enemy

Street Date:
May 21st, 2013
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Warner Brothers
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United States
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Crime, Drama


James Cagney

Plot Synopsis:

The Public Enemy showcases James Cagney’s powerful 1931 breakthrough performance as streetwise tough guy Tom Powers, a role Cagney won only because production chief Darryl F. Zanuck made a late casting change. Cagney had a secondary role but Zanuck soon spotted Cagney’s screen dominance and gave him the star part, even after shooting had begun. From that moment, an indelible genre classic and an enduring star career were both born. Bristling with ’20s style, dialogue and desperation under the masterful directorial eye of William A. Wellman, this is a virtual time capsule of the Prohibition era -- taut, gritty and hard-hitting. Several restored scenes (deleted from subsequent reissue versions due to enforcement of the Production code) from the original release version of the film are included -- unseen for decades until they were restored by WHV for its premiere DVD release.


  • Commentary by film historian Robert Sklar
  • Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1931
  • Featurette Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public