On this day in 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States — which means it's time to celebrate with what's probably the strangest film made about that dark time in history: 1976's Bugsy Malone. Cheers!
Alan Parker's musical gangster extravaganza stars an all-kid cast, including a slick-haired Scott Baio (in his debut) and a spit-curled Jodie Foster (at 14, she was already a show biz veteran; Taxi Driver and Freaky Friday came out the same year). There are pint-sized fedoras, scenes in speakeasy joints, tap-dance explosions, and guns that shoot custard instead of bullets. (The film is G-rated, so yeah.) And the big shootout, of course, involves a major pie fight.
All of the songs were penned by the immortal Paul Williams, who also sang some of the tracks (all of the kids lip-synced to adult vocalists). Williams, of course, also scored and co-starred in Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise and penned pop classics for the Carpenters and Kermit the Frog.
Dear Hollywood, why don't ya make 'em like this anymore?