*The Public Enemy*. 1937. USA. Directed by William A. Wellman. Image courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures/Photofest

The Public Enemy. 1931. USA. Directed by William A. Wellman. 83 min.

Screenplay by Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, Harvey Thew. With James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell. Tom, a petty thief who’s feeling the heat from his family and the police, seeks better fortunes with a mobster named “Nails” Nathan. Quickly becoming a successful bootlegger, Tom finds himself “successful” with the ladies as well; when his girlfriend Kitty complains once too often, Tom shoves half a grapefruit in her face. This iconic scene between Cagney and actress Mae Clark has become one of cinema’s most well known. This print represents the shortened, post-censor version.

  1. Thursday, December 31, 2015,
    1:30 p.m.

    Education Center, Mezzanine, Theater 3
  2. Friday, December 18, 2015,
    1:30 p.m.

    Education Center, Mezzanine, Theater 3
  3. Wednesday, December 9, 2015,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1