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The 1920s Movies & TV

King of the Roaring 20s: The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)

To be "King" in America in the 1920s, you had to cheat, lie, con, and gamble. Or, at least, you might come to that conclusion after watching this film about the Prohibition-era bootlegger Arnold Rothstein. David Janssen, Dianne Foster, and Mickey Rooney star in this biopic of a lesser-known gangster of the Roaring Twenties.

The Godfather II (1974)

Before we tell you anything about The Godfather part deux, we insist you go immediately to the nearest video store to rent and then watch the first Godfather film. Don't worry, we'll wait… Good. Now that you're all caught up on the saga of Mafia chief Michael Corleone, you're ready for the back-story. This second installment of the Godfather trilogy chronicles the life of Vito Corleone, Michael's father, from his youth in Sicily to his adult life as an Italian immigrant in Prohibition-era New York, where the family business all began.

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Natalie Wood and a young, strapping Warren Beatty star in this tragic tale of love lost. Deanie (Wood) and Bud (Beatty) become sweethearts while attending high school in their Kansas hometown in the 1920s, but are torn apart by growing pressures to be physical. Can their relationship survive the growing rift between new societal norms and their more conservative hometown ideals?

The Untouchables (1987)

How does one take down the big bad mob kingpin Al Capone? Federal agent Elliot Ness, with his small team of unconventional crime fighters, believes he has the answer. Check out this fictionalized and superbly entertaining tale of the battle to apprehend the most notorious gangster of the Roaring Twenties.

Some Like It Hot (1959)

After inadvertently witnessing the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre, two young men go incognito as members of a traveling, all-girl band. Dressed in drag and unable to reveal their true identities, one must mask his feelings for a lovely bandmate while the other must fend off an aggressive male suitor. And, in the meantime, the mob is on their tail! This is a classic, slapstick comedy featuring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe.

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