Doorway to Hell, The

Top-billed Lew Ayres, just two months removed from his success in All Quiet on the Western Front, plays Ricarno in a machine-gunning Pre-Code saga directed by Archie Mayo.


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Doorway to Hell, The
 
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4.0

door wide open

By pwl

from simi valley

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Pros

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

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    Comments about Doorway to Hell, The:

    a complete triumph of the talkies: no soundtrack is present or needed, as city sounds and gangste lingo carry the day. Cagney is great, as the other reviewers have noted, but this is still Lew Ayres's film and he does a humdinger of a job. No quiet on this front.
    Audio and visual elements are great.

     
    4.0

    Gangster Flic

    By TGT

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Movie Buff

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    Pros

    • Original

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      • At Home

      Comments about Doorway to Hell, The:

      A story that ended up being a trope later on, Lew Ayers tries to go straight
      but his past keeps calling. Not unlike the much later Godfather II.

      Cagney is the one to watch. One can tell he ready for his close-up.

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      4.0

      CAGNEY THE GREAT!

      By WF

      from Boston, Ma

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      Pros

      • Action-packed
      • Classic

      Cons

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        • Entertainment

        Comments about Doorway to Hell, The:

        Hard to believe Cagney wasn't the star because he is featured throughout the film & should have been 2nd billed-not 6th (but it was only his 2nd film)/If you like Cagney or 1930's gangster films-check this out. Cagney sizzles & plays his role in typical Cagney/gangster style. Add this to your Cagney movie collection. WB-keep the Cagney films coming.please!

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