Booze and Blood

Booze and Blood

2 Episodes

The colorful exploits of bootlegging gangsters are recounted with plenty of stylistic flash and punch by two titans of American cinema. Made while he was studying at New York University, Martin Scorsese’s early short IT’S NOT JUST YOU, MURRAY! is an exuberantly inventive, subversively funny gangster spoof in which a middle-aged mobster looks back on the highs and lows of his life in organized crime—complete with a Busby Berkeley musical homage. It’s a tongue-in-cheek descendant of the granddaddy of all gangster movies, William A. Wellman’s gritty pre-Code classic THE PUBLIC ENEMY, starring an electrifying James Cagney in his breakout role as a bootlegger who rises to the precarious top of the criminal underworld.

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Booze and Blood
  • It’s Not Just You, Murray!

    Episode 1

    Directed by Martin Scorsese • 1964 • United States
    Starring Ira Rubin, Sam DeFazio, Andrea Martin

    Made while Martin Scorsese was studying at NYU, this inventive, award-winning student film pays tongue-in-cheek homage to the classic gangster movie via a portrait of a high-rolling mobster looking ...

  • The Public Enemy

    Episode 2

    Directed by William A. Wellman • 1931 • United States
    Starring James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods

    An explosive James Cagney created his career-defining role in William A. Wellman’s landmark gangster movie, which set the standard for the genre for decades to come with its gut-punching grit a...