Synopsis: Johnny Lovo rises to the head of the bootlegging crime syndicate on the south side of Chicago following the murder of former head, Big Louis Costillo. Johnny contracted Big Louis' bodyguard, Tony Camonte, to make the hit on his boss. Tony becomes Johnny's second in command, and is not averse to killing anyone who gets in his and Johnny's way. As Tony is thinking bigger than Johnny and is not afraid of anyone or anything, Tony increasingly makes decisions on his own instead of following Johnny's orders, especially in not treading on the north side run by an Irish gang led by a man named O'Hara, of whom Johnny is afraid. Tony's murder spree increases, he taking out anyone who stands in his and Johnny's way of absolute control on the south side, and in Tony's view absolute control of the entire city. Tony's actions place an unspoken strain between Tony and Johnny to the point of the two knowing that they can't exist in their idealized world with the other. Tony's ultimate downfall may be
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson (co-director)
Production: Universal Pictures
  2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

That's the most I got is 3,000

bottle of creme de menthe.

You got things pretty much your

own way now, haven't you, Louie?

Sure. Everything is just fine.

Well, that's good, but Pete

was saying just tonight...

Ah.! He say that the South Side,

she's get outta line.

I say, what are we gonna do

with the South Side?

Let some of the other boys get

theirs too. I got all I want.

Johnny Lovo, he's talkin'

about starting something.

Yeah? He's lookin'

for trouble, eh?

Johnny's very foolish.

Look at me.

A man always gotta know

whether he's got it or not.

I got plenty. I got

house. I got automobile.

I got nice girl.

I got stomach trouble too.

Better get some sleep

here. All right, boys.

Well, she was a pretty

good party, eh?

Next week, I'm going

to give a party...

which the boys have never

seen nothing like it before.

We'll have much more music, much

more girls, much more everything.

Everybody should say, "Ah! Big Louie,

he sit on top of the world!" Eh?

Good-bye, Louie.

Good-bye, boys. Take-a good

"careful" of yourself, eh?

All right.

I see you some more.

Hello. I want

Lakeside 417, please.

Yeah. 417 Lakeside.


That's the wrong num...

No. I want Lakeside 417.

Hello, Louie.

All right.


Copy boy here.!

Copy boy.!

That's rotten!

"Costillo Slaying

Starts Gang War. "

That's what I want. I'm

workin' on that angle now.

I've got four men on it. Four?

You'll need 40 men on this story...

for the next five years.

You know what's happening?

This town is up for the grabs.

Get me?

You know, Costillo was the last

of the old-fashioned gang leaders.

There's a new crew coming out, and every

guy that's got money enough to buy a gun...

is gonna try to step

into his place.

You see? They'll be shooting each other like

rabbits for the control of the booze business.

You get it?

It'll be just like war.

That's it... war.

You put that in the lead.

War. "Gang war. "

Here come the coppers.

Hello, Rinaldo.

You coming along?

Where's Camonte?

Hello, Guarino.

Come on.

What's your hurry?

I'm gettin' a massage too.

We'll finish that

at headquarters.

Put your coat on.

I got lotsa time.

Who wants to see me?

The chief.

That kidney foot? Never

mind the jokes. Come on.

Hey, how's it look

in the back? Hmm?

Very good.


Come on, you rat!

Come on!

"Tony Camonte,

alias... Joe Black.

"Assault, carrying brass knuckles

and sap, DW, disturbing peace,

"street robbery on three counts,

loft burglary, violation Volstead Act.

"Indicted for murder

of Buck Kempner.

"Member Five Points Gang.

Came from New York, 1920.

At present, bodyguard and

strong arm for Louie Costillo. "

Bodyguard for Costillo, eh?

Pretty smart boy.

I suppose you didn't kill

Louie Costillo. Who, me?

That's very funny.

Big Louie and me,

we're like this.

Can I slap it out of him,


I'll let you have him

in a little while, Ben.

This fella got ideas

I don't like.

Costillo hired you for a bodyguard.

Where were you at the shootin'?

I was havin'

my beauty sleep.


In a lady's house.

You want her name?

Phone number?

- She's very nice.

- We'll go into your alibis later.

You been hangin' around

Johnny Lovo, haven't you?

Lovo split with Big Louie.

What are you doing

at Lovo's house last week?

Now, listen, Tony.

I'm gonna give you a chance.

You play ball with me,

and I'll play ball with you.

Last night, you metJohnny

in Spinelli's Barber Shop.

What'd he give you money for?

Now, listen, you. What

kinda mug you think I am?

I don't know nothin', I don't see

nothin' and I don't hear nothin'.

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Armitage Trail

Armitage Trail (July 18, 1902 – October 10, 1930) was an American pulp fiction author, best known for his 1929 novel Scarface. This novel depicted the rise of gangster Al Capone, and was adapted into the 1932 film Scarface directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes. The 1932 film was loosely remade as 1983's Scarface. His only other significant work is detective novel The Thirteenth Guest, though Coons is speculated to have written under a variety of pen names. more…

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