The Public Enemy

1931, Movie, NR, 83 mins

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Question: In the final scenes of the 1931 James Cagney film The Public Enemy, there's a song playing on the phonograph. What's the name of the song and who's performing it?


Answer: The song used in The Public Enemy (1931) is "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," which was written in 1919 by James Kendis, James Brockman, Nat Vincent (they're credited collectively as "Jaan Kenbrovin," a pseudonym they made up by combining all of their names; the reason has something to do with individual contractual obligations to different publishers) and John William Kellette. It's been recorded repeatedly ever since, both as an instrumental piece and as a song; there's even a punk version by the Cockney Rejects. The song seems to have been strongly associated with Selvin's Novelty Orchestra, led by violini read more

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