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Episode 17: The Public Enemy

The Public EnemyThis week, we watch the pre-Hayes Code pre-noir gangster classic, The Public Enemy!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because it’s a great gangster flick. This film is currently available for streaming rental on iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, and Microsoft, and is also available on DVD. (It’s also currently available for free on YouTube, but the sound on that copy is pretty lousy.)

Join us on February 7th for our episode on Elevator to the Gallows!

The Public Enemy (1931)
The Public Enemy poster Rating: 7.7/10 (17,337 votes)
Director: William A. Wellman
Writer: Kubec Glasmon (by), John Bright (by), Harvey F. Thew (screen adaptation)
Stars: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell
Runtime: 83 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 15 May 1931
Plot: A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.

Episode 11: Nightmare Alley

Nightmare AlleyWe figured you might like something special for the Halloween season, so this week, we give you the dark carnival noir Nightmare Alley!

We highly recommend you watch the film before listening to the episode, because we spoil the hell out of this film, and I assure you, you don’t want that. While this movie isn’t on most of the usual streaming channels, you can easily find a DVD for under $10, and a search on Google will bring you a dozen probably-illicit copies. (There is currently a copy on YouTube, uploaded in 12 parts.)

Join us on November 7th for our episode on Leave Her to Heaven!

Nightmare Alley (1947)
Nightmare Alley poster Rating: 7.8/10 (6,988 votes)
Director: Edmund Goulding
Writer: Jules Furthman (screenplay), William Lindsay Gresham (novel)
Stars: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker
Runtime: 110 min
Rated: Passed
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 28 Oct 1947
Plot: The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall.

Oh, and if you want that meme we were talking about in the episode…