Trailer: “The Roaring Twenties” (1939)

“The shock-crammed days the G-men took ten whole years to lick!”

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5 responses to “Trailer: “The Roaring Twenties” (1939)

  1. Old Dominion Tory

    Go to the 1:11 mark of the preview and look at the man–raccoon coat, a marvelous hat, and an astounding Meerschaum pipe. Now, that is STYLE.

  2. Old Dominion Tory

    And I love these words, “Overnight, the bootleggers sprang into action and switched the nation’s mind from battles to bottles.”

  3. ODT, it’s a great movie if you haven’t seen it, and as Robbo will appreciate, it has Priscilla Lane.

    Have you ever seen the movie “The Lost Battalion”? I watched some of it last night. The kid from “Silver Spoons,” Ricky Schroeder, grown up and looking like Harry Truman, leads a bunch of tough Italian, Irish, Jewish and Polish city kids from New York (with some cowboys from Montana and Texas thrown in) in the face of incredible odds against the Germans in the Argonne. Kind of like “Saving Private Ryan” with doughboys.

  4. Old Dominion Tory

    I know some historians don’t like “The Lost Battalion.” I was delighted, however, that someone made a World War I movie–with an American theme no less–no matter what flaws it may have. Furthermore, the film has some excellent scenes, such as the one in which a captured officer describes the make-up of the unit. I think that Schroeder does a fine job of capturing the personality of the unit’s commander as well.
    Of course, don’t forget the classic “Fighting 69th,” also with Cagney and Pat O’Brien as Father Duffy.

  5. Old Dominion Tory

    Oh, one more thing. On the topic of the Roaring 20s, please look for the book, “The Black Ships: Rumrunners of Prohibition” by Everett Allen (author of a stunning book on the 1938 Hurricane, “A Wind to Shake the World.”)
    There also was a “The American Experience” film back in the 1990s called, “Demon Rum” about Prohibition in Detroit. Worth seeing if you can find it.

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