Cinema: The New Pictures: Mar. 21, 1932

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The Beast of the City (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). Partly because of protests from the Hays organization, 1932 gangster pictures will show criminals as craven rather than heroic. Cinema police, like Walter Huston in this picture, will be clever and courageous instead of timid nincompoops. But it is unlikely that even these thoughtful improvements will instill respect for law & order into cinemaddicts so long as the underworld, however deplorable, is displayed as brilliantly efficient. In this picture, almost all the...

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