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Ann Dvorak as Cesca Camonte, Tony’s sister in Scarface (1932).  Ann was Howard Hawks’ first significant female discovery.  She may only be remembered today for Scarface, but she had 93 acting credits in her career, dating back to three bit parts beginning as four year old Baby Anna Lehr (1916-1920), to a few uncredited bits 1929-30, through a few tv episodes 1950-1952.

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Karen Morley and Paul Muni in Scarface (1932).  Karen was one of the first to be cast, but she had not yet decided if she wanted to play Poppy or Cesca when she went to a party thrown by Howard Hawks, taking her girlfriend Ann Dvorak who was hoping to be discovered.  Sure enough, Ann caught Howard’s eye doing a sexy little dance, leading to her screen test.  When Ann was hired, she knew that Ann was the best choice for Tony’s sister.  Karen made the most of her part as Poppy, Scarface’s boss’ girl.

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Spoiler alert:  the end is near for Scarface (1932), originally shown with an alternate ending not filmed by Howard Hawks to appease the censors in which Tony Camonte survives so he could be punished for his crimes.

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Tony Camonte dances with the bosses’ girl as the boss looks on disapprovingly in Scarface (1932).  Karen Morley was Poppy, the bosses’ girl, and Osgood Perkins was Johnny Lovo, the boss.  Osgood is best known today as the father of Anthony (Norman Bates in Psycho) Perkins,

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Scarface gets a good hold of the bosses’ girl, Poppy, in Scarface (1932).  In the 1983 remake it was Al Pacino who romanced both Michelle Pfeifer and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio.

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Paul Muni and Ann Dvorak are brother and sister in Scarface (1932)

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Paul Muni as Scarface (1932), remade in 1983 with Al Pacino.  A third version has been much discussed in the 21st century.  Currently Diego Luna is attached to a project that just lost its director.

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Paul Muni made his film debut as Tony Camonte, better known as Scarface (1932).  He was discovered on Broadway.  He began his career in New York Yiddish theater.

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Tony and Guino are newly arrived immigrants to America in Scarface (1932).  Of all the great films associated with Howard Hawks, he was most proud of Scarface because it was made completely apart from the studio system.  Most everyone involved in front and behind the camera were novices in Hollywood, with many going on to great careers with the studios.  Paul Muni, for example, became a big talent for Warner Brothers, winning a Best Actor Oscar for The Story of Louis Pasteur, along with five other nominations.

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Scarface is Howard Hawks’ 11th film.

Scarface premiered Mar 31, 1932 in New Orleans after a lengthy battle with the censors.