Scarface (novel)

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AuthorArmitage Trail
CountryUnited States
PublishedNew York City
PublisherA. L. Burt Co.
Publication date
Published in English
January 1, 1930
Media typePrint (Hardcover, paperback)
LC ClassPZ3.T679 Sc

Scarface is a novel written by Armitage Trail in 1929 and published in 1930. The 1932 film Scarface was based on it. The twenty-eight year-old author died suddenly of a heart attack in 1930.[1]


The book's storyline is heavily inspired by the real life gangster Al Capone whose nickname was also "Scarface". It concerns the rise and fall of Tony "Scarface" Camonte, who after performing a hit on mob leader Al Springola, moves in to take over the illegal alcohol business in Chicago during the Prohibition Era. He is ultimately shot dead by his brother (who concurrently rises in the ranks of Chicago PD), who fails to recognise him due to the family believing him to have died in World War I.


1932 film[edit]

Scarface (also known as Scarface: The Shame of the Nation and The Shame of a Nation) is a 1932 American pre-Code gangster film starring Paul Muni as Antonio "Tony" Camonte. It was produced by Howard Hughes & Howard Hawks, directed by Hawks, and Richard Rosson.[2] The story is based on Armitage Trail's 1929 novel of the same name, which is loosely based on the rise and fall of Al Capone.[3] The film features Ann Dvorak as Camonte's sister, and also stars Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins, and Boris Karloff. The plot centers on gang warfare and police intervention when rival gangs fight over control of Chicago. A version of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre is also depicted.

The LCCN is 30008162.[4]

1983 film[edit]

Scarface is a 1983 American crime film directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone. The film tells the story of Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) who arrives in 1980s to Miami with nothing and rises to become a powerful drug kingpin. Rather than being a new adaptation based on the novel, the film is primarily a remake and major modernization of the 1932 film. The cast also features Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Steven Bauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer.[5]

Proposed second remake[edit]

Plans were made in 2001 for a sequel to Scarface titled Son of Tony with hip hop artist Cuban Link to write and star[6] Universal Studios announced in 2011 that the studio is developing a new version of Scarface.[7] On March 24, 2014, TheWrap reported that Pablo Larraín is in negotiations to direct the film, along with Paul Attanasio writing the film's script. The film's update will be an original story set in modern-day Los Angeles that follows a Mexican immigrant's rise in the criminal underworld as he strives for the American Dream.[8] On August 10, 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported that Antoine Fuqua was in talks to direct the film.[9] On September 28, 2016, Variety reported that Terence Winter would be penning the script for the film.[10]


  1. ^ Gettell, Oliver (March 18, 2015). "'Scarface' remake says hello to 'Straight Outta Compton' screenwriter". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Tronc, Inc. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Scareface (1932)". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Trail, Armitage (1930). Scarface. New York City: A. L. Burt Co. ISBN 978-1558801196.
  4. ^ "Scareface". Library of Congress Control Number. United States: Library of Congress. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Scareface (1983)". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cuban Link Starts His Chain Reaction". Latin Rapper. Blogger. Inferno Labs. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (September 21, 2011). "Universal Preps New 'Scarface' Movie". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on September 21, 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man 4 Circling John Malkovich, Anne Hathaway". The Wrap. Santa Monica, California: The Wrap News Inc. March 24, 2014. Archived from the original on April 21, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  9. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (August 10, 2016). "Antoine Fuqua Circling New 'Scarface' At Universal". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  10. ^ Fleming, Jr, Mike (August 10, 2016). "'Wolf of Wall Street' Scribe to Write Antoine Fuqua's 'Scarface' Reimagining (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 12, 2017.