7.1/10
915
16 user 8 critic

The Little Giant (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 20 May 1933 (USA)
When Prohibition ends, a beer baron sees the writing on the wall, quits the rackets, and tries to break into California society.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Robert Lord (original screen play), Wilson Mizner (original screen play)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After Police Captain Dan McLaren becomes police commissioner former detective Johnny Blake knocks him down convincing rackets boss Al Kruger that Blake is sincere in his effort to join the ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins
Smart Money (1931)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Immigrant Greek barber has uncommon skills in playing poker and soon rises in the seedy world of illegal gambling, but pretty blondes remain his Achilles' heel.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner
Kid Galahad (1937)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Henry Wilton is an elderly millionaire saddled with his selfish young second wife Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton and a pair of spoiled grown children (Peggy and Eddie). To test his family's mettle, ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi
Stars: George Arliss, Mary Astor, Evalyn Knapp
Smart Woman (1931)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Wife turns tables on cheating hubby.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Mary Astor, Robert Ames, John Halliday
Two Seconds (1932)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A condemned murderer, in the process of being executed, relives the events that led to his being sentenced to die in the electric chair.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Vivienne Osborne, Guy Kibbee
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay
Crime | Mystery | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An agitated and desperate man spares no expense in insisting that Mason represent him against a neighbor's howling dog and act as executor of his will.

Director: Alan Crosland
Stars: Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... James Francis 'Bugs' Ahearn
Mary Astor ... Ruth Wayburn
Helen Vinson ... Polly Cass
Russell Hopton ... Al Daniels
Kenneth Thomson ... John Stanley
Shirley Grey ... Edith Merriam
Berton Churchill ... Donald Hadley Cass
Don Dillaway ... Gordon Cass (as Donald Dillaway)
Louise Mackintosh ... Mrs. Dudley Hadley Cass
Edit

Storyline

Prohibition is ending so bootlegger Bugs Ahearn decides to crack California society. He leases a house from down-on-her-luck Ruth and hires her as social secretary. He rescues Polly Cass from a horsefall and goes home to meet her dad who sells him some phony stock certificates. When he learns about this he sends to Chicago for mob help. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"Little Caesar" Swaps Dames for Debs...Beer Trucks for Tea Cups! (Print Ad- Milwaukee Sentinel, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 1 June 1933)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aristokratis gangster See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$197,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Al" recounts a job where he shot up a stuffed Polar Bear. The same plot scene was depicted in The Public Enemy (1931) with "Tom" doing the shooting. See more »

Quotes

Edith Merriam: Why, honey, you could no more quit than you could stop breathing. It's your life!
James Francis 'Bugs': No? Hey, you think I like this sweat and worry, 24 hours a day? Scheme, connive, play both ends against the middle, live on the edge of a volcano that's liable to blow up any minute. I suppose you think it's fun to be spending your life waiting for some mug to spray you with a machine gun. Why, I can't go anywheres without a bodyguard. I'm always tense, coiled up like a spring, ready to duck the moment anybody ...
See more »

Connections

References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiener Blut, Op. 354 (Viennese Blood)
(1873) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when Bugs and Al arrive downstairs for dinner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Movin' On Up
27 May 2013 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Prohibition ends and gangster boss Bugsy Ahearn, like so many during the depression, finds himself unemployed. What to do? Fortunately, he has laid aside much of his ill-gotten gains and has no money worries. So he decides to improve himself, to acquire some culture and move in elite circles. And therein lies a very funny story.

Edward G. Robinson shows a flair for comedy and shows off some of his immense talent as a social climber who decides to shoot the moon. He moves from Chicago to the West Coast, buys a mansion and falls for a lady from a family of swindlers, and generally falls into a series of mishaps, each one funnier than the last. He gets excellent support from Mary Astor, who becomes his guide to the finer points of becoming 'quality'.

You will gain great respect for Robinson if you've only seen him in tough-guy roles, as he carries the picture as a society naif in this written-for-the-screen comedy. There are no dead spots, either, as the story moves along briskly in an enjoyable 75 minutes. It was shown at Cinefest, Columbus, O., 6/13.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed