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Paul Muni in his film debut as Scarface (1932).

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Paul Muni likes what he sees as Scarface (1932).

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Paul Muni made his screen debut as Scarface (1932). leading to an acting career with 29 credits, and an Academy award for The Story of Louis Pasteur, through a tv episode in 1962.

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Tony Camonte and Guido Rinaldo bring flowers to their next victim in Scarface (1932).

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Vince Barnett, in the middle, is Tony Camonte’s “seck-a-terry” and wing man in Scarface (1932).

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Paul Muni has plenty of swag in Scarface (1932).

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brother and sister in Scarface (1932)

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Scarface (1932) was Howard Hawks’ first sound film, but because of lengthy censorship battles, The Dawn Patrol and The Criminal Code were released first.

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Another crowd gathers around Scarface (1932).

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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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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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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)