Thursday, May 3, 2012
The little giant 1933 - "Full of laughs and wonderful moments"
Imdb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024262/
Ratings (imdb + allrovi): 3,5* out of 5*
DVD LINKS ARE IN THE STORE! (Best price: $ 8,5!)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Main Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson, Russell Hopton
The end of prohibition spells the end of business as usual for Chicago gangster Bugs Ahearn (Edward G. Robinson in this delightful spoof of mob melodramas from Warner Bros. Paying off their latest moll, Edith (Shirley Grey), Bugs and chief lieutenant Al Daniels (Russell Hopton) grab their ill-gotten gains and go west, hoping to crash polo playing Santa Barbara society. Bugs acquires a rental mansion and a high class girlfriend, Polly Cass (Helen Vinson), but the estate actually belongs to kind but down-on-her-luck socialite Ruth Wayburn (Mary Astor) -- whom the former mobster retains as his social secretary -- while Polly and her relatives prove to be bigger crooks than he ever was. The Little Giant was reportedly filmed in 18 days on a budget of $197,000.
Little giant is certainly a spoof, 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."