The Public Enemy (released as Enemies of the Public in the United Kingdom) is a 1931 American all-talking Pre-Code crime film.. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell. The film relates the story of a young man's rise in the criminal underworld in prohibition-era urban America.
James Cagney in Taxi! (1932). This movie is the source of James Cagney’s most famous misquoted line, “You dirty rat!” In the film, Cagney actually says, “Come out and take it, you dirty, yellow-bellied rat, or I’ll give it to you through the door!”