SESSION: Sunday 14th October at 7pm



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The Public Enemy

(1931, dir. William A. Wellman, w/ James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell)

Tom Powers and Matt Doyle are best friends and fellow gangsters, their lives frowned upon by Tom's straight laced brother, Mike, and Matt's straight laced sister, Molly. From their teen-aged years into young adulthood, Tom and Matt have an increasingly lucrative life, bootlegging during the Prohibition era. But Tom in particular becomes more and more brazen in what he is willing to do, and becomes more obstinate and violent against those who either disagree with him or cross him. When one of their colleagues dies in a freak accident, a rival bootlegging faction senses weakness among Tom and Matt's gang, which is led by Paddy Ryan. A gang war ensues, resulting in Paddy suggesting that Tom and Matt lay low. But because of Tom's basic nature, he decides instead to take matters into his own hands. (IMDB)

FILM INFO 55555(Astor rating)

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White Heat

(1949, dir. Raoul Walsh, w/ James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly)

White Heat will start at approximately 8:49pm, and finish at approximately 10:49pm.

Cody Jarrett is the sadistic leader of a ruthless gang of thieves. Afflicted by terrible headaches and fiercely devoted to his 'Ma,' Cody is a volatile, violent, and eccentric leader. Cody's top henchman wants to lead the gang and attempts to have an 'accident' happen to Cody, while he is running the gang from in jail. But Cody is saved by an undercover cop, who thereby befriends him and infiltrates the gang. Finally, the stage is set for Cody's ultimate betrayal and downfall, during a big heist at a chemical plant. (IMDB)

FILM INFO 4.14.14.14.1(IMDB rating)