Scarface (1932)

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Johnny Lovo rises to the head of the bootlegging crime syndicate on the south side of Chicago following the murder of former head, Big Louis Costillo. Johnny contracted Big Louis' bodyguard, Tony Camonte, to make the hit on his boss. Tony becomes Johnny's second in command. Johnny is not averse to killing anyone who gets in his and Johnny's way. As Tony is thinking bigger than Johnny and is not afraid of anyone or anything, Tony increasingly makes decisions on his own instead of following Johnny's orders, especially in not treading on the north side run by an Irish gang led by a man named O'Hara, of whom Johnny is afraid. Tony's murder spree increases, he taking out anyone who stands in his and Johnny's way of absolute control on the south side, and in Tony's view absolute control of the entire city. Tony's actions place an unspoken strain between Tony and Johnny to the point of the two knowing that they can't exist in their idealized world with the other. Tony's ultimate downfall may be one of two women in his life: Poppy, Johnny's girlfriend to who Tony is attracted; and Tony's eighteen year old sister, Cesca, who is self-professed to be older mentally than her years much to Tony's chagrin, he who will do anything to protect her innocence. Cesca ultimately comes to the realization that she is a lot more similar to her brother than she first imagined.
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Did you know? The "serious" play in which Tony is so interested is an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's "Sadie Thompson". Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Black & White
Sound Mix:
Mono
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
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No
Goofs:
Revealing Mistakes
Just before Tony and Guino kill Johhny Lovo, Tony can be seen standing by the door to Lovo's office; as the characters are in the office, the letters on the glass pane should appear inverted (right to left), but they don't

Revealing Mistakes
The scene Tony pushes and punches the man who refuses to obey Johnny Lovo in First Ward Social Club, it's clearly seen that Tony actually punches the man's palm

Revealing Mistakes
As Cesca enters the room to shoot Tony near the end of the film, the gun barrel is just a steel tube. This changes to a regular gun in subsequent shots

Revealing Mistakes
Closeup of score sheet in bowling alley scene defies all rules of traditional scoring

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When Poppy visits Tony, she hold the flower, but Tony has it in the next shot

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When Tony throws a spittoon through the glass door of the First Ward Social Club, pattern of shattered glass before he enters club is far different from that as he goes into room

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When the Northside guys throw a body out of the car, it lands face down, but when Tony and the others look at the body, it is face up
Trivia:
Although it was released by United Artists, the majority of this film was shot at the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, California

The "serious" play in which Tony is so interested is an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's "Sadie Thompson".

Screenwriter Ben Hecht got producer Howard Hughes to green-light "Scarface" by telling him it would be a modern-dress version of the lives of the Borgias.

Film debut of George Raft, who didn't have to go far for inspiration on how to play a gangster in this film. He grew up in a New York City slum alongside gangsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Joe Adonis and Lucky Luciano. In an ironic twist, after the release of "Scarface", many of Raft's gangster pals would come to him for advice on how to dress, walk, talk, etc.

This is one of the first films to feature the Thompson submachine gun, known to history as the "tommy gun." The characters never call it anything other than "machine gun," except when Poppy calls it a "bean shooter" and Tommy refers to the gun as a "typewriter" when he first sees one. Another name for a "tommy gun" was "Chicago typewriter."