Warner Brothers gangster films

Turner Classic Movies is featuring a variety of gangster films today.  I am a big fan of gangster films, which is the main reason why Warner Brothers is my favourite of the classic film studios.  In the 1930s and 1940s, Warner Brothers established a reputation for producing gritty, hard-edged films that featured streetwise and hard-bitten characters, who often met grisly ends. These Warner Brothers films embraced reality, rather than escaped from it.  Below is a list of my favourite Warner Brothers gangster films, many of which feature James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson.  As a child, I didn’t like either Cagney or Robinson; I was drawn to the tall elegance of actors like Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, and Cary Grant.  It was not until much later in life that I learned to appreciate the artistry of Cagney and Robinson, and their innate ability to dominate every scene.

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