Transatlantic. 1931. USA. Directed by William K. Howard. Screenplay by Guy Bolton. With Jean Hersholt, Edmund Lowe, Myrna Loy. 35mm. Preserved with the support of The Film Foundation and the George Lucas Family Foundation. 74 min.
“Although the gangster film compelled the American public’s attention during the period between 1930 and 1933 to the exclusion of most other film subjects, the gangster as protagonist and crime as business were not new to film history. The gangster cycle provided one subject which was contemporary, urgent and real, and by using it the movies made themselves lively as the headlines of the newspapers; they gave the impression of being about to tackle real problems in American life.”