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A still from The Guilty Generation (1931)

The Guilty Generation

1931 | United States | 82 min
  • Watched on Fri Mar 12, 2021 via DVD (2013 | TCM Vault Collection | Karloff: Criminal Kind)
    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Constance Cummings and Robert Young play lovers caught between their warring mobster fathers, played by Leo Carrillo and Boris Karloff.

    Karloff opens the film with an electric scene confronting his estranged son Young, then disappears. Fortunately, Carrillo proves a strong substitute, turning in an entertaining performance that foreshadows Paul Muni’s turn in Scarface. And Cummings shines as Carrillo’s daughter. Impressive given she failed to register in The Criminal Code.

    An agreeable enough experience, but Carrillo proves far more interesting than the star-crossed lovers.

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