Little Caesar is a 1931 American pre-Code crime film distributed by Warner Brothers, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Edward G. Robinson, Glenda Farrell, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The film tells the story of a hoodlum who ascends the ranks of organized crime until he reaches its upper echelons. The storyline was adapted from the novel of the same name by William R. Burnett. Little Caesar was Robinson's breakthrough role and immediately made him a major film star. The film is often listed as one of the first full-fledged gangster films and continues to be well received by critics.
Small-time criminals Caesar Enrico "Rico" Bandello (Edward G. Robinson) and his friend Joe Massara (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) move to Chicago to seek their fortunes. Rico joins the gang of Sam Vettori (Stanley Fields), while Joe wants to be a dancer. Olga (Glenda Farrell) becomes his dance partner and girlfriend.
|author||Francis Edward Faragoh|
|award||National Film Registry|
|keywords||big boy bloodshed end flophouse hear hide kill life of crime maurice black police sergeant thomas jackson wound|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|producer||Darryl F. Zanuck Hal B. Wallis|
|productionCompany||First National Pictures|
|publisher||Warner Bros. Pictures|