The machine gun attack on Tom Powers and his best friend Matt Doyle actually used real machine gun bullets. An expert with the gun stood on a raised platform 15 to 20 feet away from the target, and when James Cagney’s face disappeared behind the corner of the wall, he opened fire and created that tight circle of machine gun bullets.
The Public Enemy (1931)

The machine gun attack on Tom Powers and his best friend Matt Doyle actually used real machine gun bullets. An expert with the gun stood on a raised platform 15 to 20 feet away from the target, and when James Cagney’s face disappeared behind the corner of the wall, he opened fire and created that tight circle of machine gun bullets.

The Public Enemy (1931)

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    If true, this is totally insane. Something like this would never happen today due to safety standards. Props to James...
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    Goddamn. You see, it’s shit like this that makes me LOVE old movies. Practical effects to the fucking extreme.
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    The machine gun attack on Tom Powers and his best friend Matt Doyle actually used real machine gun bullets. An expert...
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    Holy shit. Someone could have died if he missed.
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