Directed by Howard Hawks • 1932 • United States
Starring Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Osgood Perkins
One of the most talked-about movies of its time, the original SCARFACE is a hard-hitting, ripped-from-the-headlines story of organized crime’s brutal control over Chicago during the Prohibition era. Paul Muni gives an electrifying performance as Tony Camonte, an ambitious mobster with a ruthless drive to be the city’s top crime boss. Produced by the legendary Howard Hughes, written (in just eleven days) by virtuoso screenwriter Ben Hecht, and directed with plenty of punch and vigor by Howard Hawks, this explosive tale of ambition, betrayal, and revenge went on to influence all gangster films to follow.