The Little Giant (1933)

Genres - Crime  |   Release Date - May 20, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Retiring bootlegger Edward G. Robinson wishes to go straight and has recently become, as he puts it, "positively crawling with culture." "Ever seen anything like that before?" He inquires of former henchman Russell Hopton, proudly displaying a newly obtained abstract. "Not since I've been off cocaine," comes the deadpan answer. Ah, yes, nothing beats pre-production code Warner Bros. for tough talk or, for that matter, for spoofing its own blockbusters. And a spoof Little Giant certainly is, what with Robinson turning his Little Caesar character upside-down and inside out. That the comedy is still funny today is not only due to Robinson's virile performance but also to writers Robert Lord and Wilson Mizner, who took a topical event, the repeal of the 18th amendment, and created one of the era's livelier parodies. A highlight has retired mobster Robinson ordering a high class dinner in enthusiastic if slightly flawed French, emboldened to do so by having "once owned 10 percent of a French dame."