Beast of the City, The (MOD)

A police captain leads the fight against a vicious gangland chief in this exciting drama starring Walter Huston, Jean Harlow and Wallace Ford co-star in this riveting look into the gangster life.


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Beast of the City, The (MOD)
 
4.5

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4.0

Lots of depression era actin

By jim

from bradenton fl.

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining

Cons

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    Comments about Beast of the City, The (MOD):

    Fast action..interesting cast

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MGM imitates Warner Bros.

    By Jon the Archivist

    from Chicago, IL

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Informative
    • Original

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      Comments about Beast of the City, The (MOD):

      Kudos to Warner Archive for releasing this important and compelling chapter in "pre-Code" history. Sound and image are extraordinarily sharp in this transfer, a rarely seen 1932 jewel of social commentary. With its gritty plot of police forced to break the rules in order to battle organized crime (dotted with sibling rivalry and loose women), "The Beast of the City" seems at first glance to have come from the more blue collar Warner Bros. (via First National) Studio, only that's the MGM lion roaring its head off during the credits. Nothing is tied up neatly in this film, although its ending could be construed as a rather unsettling way to tie up everything. The message of the movie seems to be that nobody wins - or, conversely, if evil is to be punished, then sometimes the good must perish. The strongest performance comes from Walter Huston, a pre-Code bastion of hard-nosed, obssessed figures (see "Rain" or "Gentlemen of the Press") who are still charismatic and have personal lives - no wonder he was chosen to play the "born again" President in the following year's "Gabriel Over the White House" (also available on Warner Archive in a fantastic transfer). And 1932 seemed to be a transitional year for Jean Harlow, too - her floozy is no cariacture, and is one of the most exciting impersonations of the film. Released in February 1932, this film provided the bridge between her somewhat wooden and amateurish performances in her films of 1930-31 and her remarkable breakout roles in "Red-Headed Woman" and "Red Dust," respectively (someone needs to release a Jean Harlow collection, already!). And yes, that's a prepubescent Mickey Rooney as Huston's wisecracking, feisty son. I recommend this entertaining and uncompromising film to everyone.

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