Roaring Twenties (1939)
is quintessential Cagney.
Hellinger's story of the Prohibition era is superbly directed by Raoul Walsh,
a striking look at the period between the two World Wars.
is Eddie Bartlett, returning vet who can't find work so turns to the bootlegging
racket. His former army mates are George Halley (Humphrey Bogart),
who literally becomes Eddie's partner in crime, and Lloyd Hart (Jeffrey
Lynn), the struggling (and quite boring) lawyer.
has two women in his life, the faithful "has-been canary" Panama Smith (Gladys
George) and the nubile Jean Sherman (Priscilla Lane). Eddie's head-over-heels
in love with Jean, but she prefers boring Lloyd -- this eventually leads
to Eddie Bartlett's final downfall.
has never been better in this account of "speakeasy days, of wars between
bootleggers, of underworld feuds and killings, of dizzy nightspots and of
sentimental tears." (Journal-American).