Cinema: The New Pictures: May 4, 1931

The Public Enemy (Warner). Director at an executive meeting: "I've got an inspiration. Well make an African picture. Something new. Go right into the interior and use natives for actors. Nothing like Trader Horn. This one's going to be different. Now what will we call it. Trader what?"

With that anecdote current last week in the film industry, critics wondered if an executive had asserted that The Public Enemy was not going to be anything like Little Caesar. In detail The Public Enemy is nothing like that most successful of gangster pictures, but its...

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