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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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Genres:

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

party guest: [leaving the party,to Maria sarcastically] We're not staying for the fireworks, thank you!
party guest: [contemptuously aloud to her friend about Maria] If it wasn't for her money, she'd be hanging out of a tenement window somewhere chewing on a string of garlic.
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Connections

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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see it for the acting
26 March 2010 | by mukava991See all my reviews

The performances by Leo Carrillo, Constance Cummings, Robert Young and Leslie Fenton make compelling entertainment out of this rather routinely mounted drama about the social hardships faced by the grown children of successful Italian-American gangsters. While they live in the splendor of their parents' ill-gotten gains they remain social pariahs and must go to great lengths to achieve respectable lives.

Cummings and Young are a sort of Romeo and Juliet, offspring of rival criminal kingpins Carrillo and Karloff, respectively, who fall in love. Carrillo is quite scary as a cold-blooded hoodlum, but Karloff can't get the accent right and sounds awkwardly British, and bearing no resemblance of any kind to Robert Young doesn't help. Leslie Fenton as Carrillo's dissolute son does a good job playing nasty, particularly in a well-shot scene that has him rampaging through a garden party and knocking guest after fully clothed guest into the pool.


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