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Scarface Armitage Trail Novel

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Written By
Armitage Trail
Genre
Action
Original Release
1929
Re-release
May 1, 2005
Number of Pages
140
Language
English
Types
Paperback & Hardcover

Scarface is a 1929 novel written by Armitage Trail, on which the 1932 film of the same name by Howard Hawks was based.

DescriptionEdit

Maurice Coons, writing under the pseudonym Armitage Trail, gathered the elements for 'Scarface' when living in Chicago, where he became acquainted with many local Sicilian gangs. He prowled the murky streets of Chicago's gangland with a friend every night for two years, returning home to put to paper and write a book which somewhat documented his experiences. The resulted novel was 'Scarface', and it was worth the effort. Not just a thinly disguised biography of Al Capone, 'Scarface' is a gangster tale surprisingly rich with character and atmosphere. The story moves at a cracking pace, and from the machine guns, brutal deaths and beautiful gals emerges the tragic tale of one man's downfall from his ruthless ambition and love for friend and family. The source for the 1932 Howard Hawks picture, as well as the Brian de Palma remake.

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