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Vince Barnett, Paul Muni and Karen Morley in a publicity still for Scarface (1932).  Vince would appear in two other films associated with Howard Hawks, Tiger Shark (1932) and The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933).

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Karen Morley looks like she smells somthing bad in a scene with Osgood Perkins and Paul Muni in Scarface (1932)

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Paul Muni romances’ the boss’ girl in a screencap from Scarface (1932)

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The publicity still is more provocative than the screencap from Scarface (1932)

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Paul Muni and Osgood Perkins both move to light Karen Morley’s cigarette in a scene from Scarface (1932)

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Paul Muni shows off his new toy to Karen Morley, Vince Barnett, George Raft, Osgood Perkins and others in his gang, in a scene from Scarface (1932)

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Karen Morley and Osgood Perkins in a scene from Scarface (1932)

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Karen Morley and Paul Muni in a publicity still for Scarface (1932)

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The back of this 1932 publicity still reads

Karen Morley as she appears in “Scarface,” Howard Hughes’ sensational gangster film, in which she plays the feminine lead opposite Paul Muni.  It is her first major screen role.

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Paul Muni romances Karen Morley in Scarface (1932).

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Karen Morley as Poppy in a screencap from 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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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.