The Public Enemy Poster

Release Date: 1931

DVD Release Date: January 25th, 2005

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
Two young Chicago hoodlums, Tom Powers (James Cagney) and Matt Doyle (Eddie Woods), rise up from their poverty-stricken slum life to become petty thieves, bootleggers and cold-blooded killers. But with street notoriety and newfound wealth, the duo feels the heat from the cops and rival gangsters both. Despite his ruthless criminal reputation, Tom tries to remain connected to his family, however, gang warfare and the need for revenge eventually pull him away.

Cast: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Mae Clarke, Edward Woods, Beryl Mercer, Donald Cook, Joan Blondell

Director: William A. Wellman

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: Bar, Rise, Police officer, Brash, Prison, Gripping, Fall, Melodramatic, Growing up, Suspenseful, Revenge, Friend


Nominated Writing (Original Story)