Gene Kelly embarks on a vendetta against the criminals who killed his father in Black Hand, his first dramatic outing.
(Originally posted on Channel Awesome on January 27, 2016)
An honest district attorney must choose between integrity and loyalty in Manhattan Melodrama, a star-studded classic of Pre-Code Hollywood.
(Originally posted on Channel Awesome on August 24, 2015)
Warner Bros. ends the Golden Age of the gangster movie on one hell of a high note in The Roaring Twenties, one of my all-time favorite movies, starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart.
(Originally posted on Channel Awesome on June 1, 2015)
The gangster genre goes to the dogs in Dog City, a TV special from Jim Henson.
(Originally posted on Channel Awesome on January 12, 2015)
My first Edward G. Robinson movie I reviewed on The INCspotlight, The Whole Town's Talking, wasn't exactly his best (despite a great performance on his part). The crime drama Bullets or Ballots is a much better outing for him.
(Original version posted on Channel Awesome on May 12, 2014)
This classic British gangster drama has been on my list to review for a very long time. However, with the recent passing of Bob Hoskins, now seems as good a time as any to review The Long Good Friday, his breakthrough film - which also marks the screen debut of future James Bond star Pierce Brosnan.
(Originally posted on Channel Awesome on April 14, 2014)
Don't let the title or the poster fool you. The Beast of the City is neither a monster movie nor a sappy romance, but one of the bloodiest gangster films made during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
(Originally posted on Channel Awesome on December 15, 2013)
A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that Brian de Palma's Scarface (1983), starring Al Pacino, is a remake of an earlier film. This version of Scarface, directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes for United Artists, is an excellent movie from the days of Pre-Code Hollywood, and easily stands up alongside the numerous high-quality gangster films released by Warner Bros. around the same time.
(Original version posted on Channel Awesome on November 4, 2013)
Legendary director John Ford directs the equally legendary actor Edward G. Robinson in a gangster comedy. While the results make for a good film, I'm not entirely sure they pull off the "comedy" part as well as they could have.
The INCspotlight, formerly hosted on the website Channel Awesome, now has a new home on my own website! Putting the spotlight on classics that deserve to be remembered!