Friday, March 16, 2012
Scarface stars Paul Muni, George Raft, Boris Karloff, Ann Dvorak, and Karen Morley. The film was released by United Artists and based on the novel by Armitage Trail. The film was directed by Howard Hawks, produced by Howard Hughes and the screenplay was written by Ben Hecht.
Osgood Perkins) persuades rival gangster Tony Camonte (Muni) to make a hit on his own boss, Big Louie Costillo (Harry J. Vejar), who he's supposed to be protecting. Tony is seen only in shadow and silhouette and happily whistling a tune as he calmly walks up to Big Louie and "plugs him" several times. The scene briefly reminded me of the Peter Lorre character in "M" (1931) who whistles while he stalks his victims. In return Lovo promises Tony "a piece of the action" and he also becomes Johnny's second in command. Camonte is cocky and vicious, sometimes humorous, but most of the time a psychotic thug who lives by only one rule -- "Do it first, do it yourself, and keep on doing it".
Excellent film, don't miss it ...