Directed by Howard Hawks. James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Frank McHugh. (85 min.) 35mm archival print from the Library of Congress.
A champion driver tries to keep his kid brother away from fast cars and fast women. Penned by the scribes who wrote Cagney’s Public Enemy and directed by Scarface’s Howard Hawks; Billy Arnold, 1930’s Indy 500 winner, is in the driver’s seat for the thrilling action and fiery crashes.
“This is no movie for weak-hearted people” (New York Graphic).
Introduced by Marsha Gordon, NCSU film studies professor.
Art deco was an exuberant style encompassing 1920s modernism, streamline moderne, international style, Bauhaus, and Russian constructivism. Cinema designers of the 1920s and ’30s embraced these related styles on screen, especially when depicting the wealthy, the corrupt, the cultured, and the glamorous woman of the world. Through the feminine kaleidoscopes of Busby Berkeley, the haunted Bauhaus mansion inhabited by Boris Karloff, and the stylized glamour of Marlene Dietrich or Joan Crawford, our fall series jumps thrillingly from angle to curve.