Once upon a screen...

A crime-laden gallery.  As an homage to classic crime films and the legends who portrayed the criminals, following is a historical pictorial from the earliest days of the crime genre on film through the 1940s.  These depict the faces of crime through time.  Some are obscure, some are familiar, but I hope all are enjoyable.

The 1910s

D. W. Griffith’s, The Musketeers of Pig Alley, 1912 (Watch it here)

“One good turn deserves another.”

Considered the first, real gangster film that tells the story of organized crime in the Western world.

Raoul Walsh’s, Regeneration, 1915 (Watch images here)

From lawlessness in New York’s lower East Side, a boy grows up to be a professional gangster.

The 1920s

Wallace Worsley’s, The Penalty, 1920 (Watch it here)

“Some excellent judges think that I resemble Satan.”

Fritz Lang’s, Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, 1922 (Access a clip 

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