Cinema: The New Pictures: Sep. 21, 1936

Sworn Enemy (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). A first-rate screen play by Wells Root and a first-rate performance by Joseph Calleia make this otherwise ordinary Gangster v. Government film agreeably nerve-racking. Calleia is Joe Emerald, neurotic head of a protection racket who, because his own legs are so weak he cannot walk without two canes, has set his heart on becoming proprietor of a heavyweight champion prizefighter. The Root screen play shows how a G-man (Robert Young), who has inherited a promising young plug-ugly from a brother the racketeer has killed, uses this obsession to bait a...

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