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The Guilty Generation (1931)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 19 November 1931 (USA)
A Romeo and Juliet love story between the son of a brutal Italian bootlegger and the daughter of his bitter ex-partner, who is engaged in a blood feud with his one-time friend.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Jo Milward (from the play by), J. Kirby Hawks (from the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leo Carrillo ... Mike Palmero
Constance Cummings ... Maria Palmero
Robert Young ... Marco Ricca
Leslie Fenton ... Joe Palmero
Boris Karloff ... Tony Ricca
Emma Dunn ... Nina Palmero
James Wilcox James Wilcox ... Don Morley (as Jimmy Wilcox)
Elliott Rothe Elliott Rothe ... Benedicto Ricca
Phil Tead ... Skid
Fred Howard Fred Howard ... Bradley (as Frederick Howard)
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... Willie
William H. O'Brien ... Victor - Mike's Butler
Ruth Warren Ruth Warren ... Nellie Weaver
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Storyline

John Smith is a young architect who changed his name from Marco Ricca when he realized that being a notorious bootlegger's son was not likely to help his career. Maria Palmiero's father is also a bootlegger, and she's finding that the high society circles she wants to move in are not very welcoming to her. Naturally, John and Maria's fathers are waging a brutal gang war back in New York, and naturally John and Maria fall in love. The premise mirrors that of "Romeo and Juliet," but the plot doesn't, although the bodies do pile up. Written by Cameron Majidi <cmaj@prolifics.com>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

19 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Culpa dos Pais See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The $25,000 reward put up by the newspaper for the killer of the two kids would equate to nearly $400,000 in 2016. See more »

Quotes

Mike Palmero: What these other girls got that Maria hasn't got?
Nellie Weaver: Respectable fathers. You think you can put Maria over like... tooth paste or chewing gum. You know, being your daughter is no cinch. I wouldn't want the job.
Mike Palmero: I don't wanta be your father either.
Nellie Weaver: Having me around is giving you a sense of humor, Mike.
Mike Palmero: Oh, yeah?
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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop Goes the Weasel
English nursery rhyme/folk song
[Played by party band]
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Romeo and Juliet in the Mafia
6 February 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Some parts of this movie have not survived seventy-five years well, and at times the dialogue limps. Robert Young, as the young lover, speaks in a voice that is annoying in the high register. Constance Cummings is a beautiful young woman and a good actor. Boris Karloff handles his rather small role gracefully, with just an air of lurking menace.

But it is Leo Carrillo, who begins the movie looking like a buffoon and ends the movie as a terrible monster, who owns this movie. I won't give away any details, but the ending, once you realize its inevitability, is a real shocker.

Does Carrillo's performance make the movie worth seeing? Yes, although just barely, and you may need a bit of patience until the movie is worthwhile, but perhaps the mobile camera-work will keep you interested.


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