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The Public Enemy

The Public Enemy(1931)

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  • Edward Woods was originally hired for the lead role of Tom Powers and James Cagney was hired to play Matt Doyle, his friend. However, once director William Wellman got to know both of them and saw Cagney in rehearsals, he realized that Cagney would be far more effective in the star role than Woods, so he switched them.
  • The infamous grapefruit scene caused women's groups around America to protest the on-screen abuse of Mae Clarke.

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