The Doorway to Hell

The Doorway to Hell

Director: Archie Mayo Cast: Lew Ayres, Charles Judels, Dorothy Mathews

DVD (Full Frame)

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Overview

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. Unfortunately, he has no idea that she and Cagney are lovers. Part of the reason the don wants to leave is to keep his young brother, who idolizes him, from learning the awful truth about his avocation. Soon after moving down to Florida, former rivals kidnap the brother and kill him, causing the reformed gangster to come back for deadly revenge. This was an innovative film and featured a lot of elements that would become standards in the gangster genre including tommy guns carried in violin cases, terrible shoot-outs, and lots of rum-running rivalry.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2012
UPC: 0883316469095
Original Release: 1930
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 34,516

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lew Ayres Louis Ricarno
Charles Judels Florist
Dorothy Mathews Doris
Leon Janney Jackie Lamar
Robert Elliott Capt. O'Grady
James Cagney Steve Mileway
Jerry Mandy Gangster
Noel Madison Rocco
Bernard "Bunny" Granville Bit
Thomas E. Jackson Actor
Dick Purcell Actor
Tom Wilson Gangster
Ken Thomson Captain of Military Academy
Edwin Argus Midget
Eddie Kane Dr. Morton
Dwight Frye Gangster
Fred Argus Machine gunner
Ruth Hall Girl
Al Hill Gangster

Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director,Producer
Rowland Brown Screenwriter
Robert O. Crandall Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Earl Luick Costumes/Costume Designer
Barney "Chick" McGill Cinematographer
Erno Rapee Score Composer
George Rosener Screenwriter
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Doorway to Hell
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [7:33]

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