In this early talkie, a vicious crime lord (played by Lew Ayres in a rare villainous role) decides that he has had enough and much to the shock of his colleagues decides to give the business to his second in command (James Cagney in hi second film role) and retire to Florida after marrying his moll.
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Cool to see Ayres in the lead instead of what feels like a role written for Cagney. Lots of backstabbing here. A surprisingly quick moving film for the still early days of the talkies. Lots of films from late 20s, early 30s, suffer from a very noticeable creakiness. Not so here. Ayres plays the villainous role quite well, making it odd to think of him as the squeaky clean Dr. Kildare within a decade. 4 stars