Criminals in the 1930s, especially those such as Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the infamous criminal couple also known as Bonnie and Clyde, and John Dillinger,who the public considered particularly dangerous. Both Clyde Barrow and John Dillinger were avid fans of the car manufacturing company Ford and of its proprietor, Henry Ford. Often, a public enemy ran bootleg businesses concerning the sale of alcohol during the Prohibition era of US history, which lasted from the early 1900suntil some years into the Great Depression. He or she was also famous for robberies, shoot-outs, et cetera. The Chicagobootleggerand Mafia criminals Al Capone and his counterpart Bugsy Malone were well-known for their exploits, as were Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger.

All of them "died as they had lived... by the gun" or some other form of execution, as one can see on the Wikipedia profiles of Bonnie Parker, who died when she was approximatelt 32 years old, and her counterparts, especially Clyde Barrow and John Dillinger, both of whom died young; Barrow was also approximately 32 years old, and Dillinger was approximately 53 years old.

Many songs and movies have been made about the infamous criminal couple, such as the German song "Bonnie und Clyde" and the early 2000s country song and music video by Travis Tritt,the latter in which actor Billy Bob Thornton played Clyde Barrow. Another such movie is Public Enemy, which will be in theaters on May 21, 2009, starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger and Christian Bale as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI worker, Melvin Purvis, who must find and bring Dillinger to justicefor his various crimes in their hometown, whatever it takes to do so.

In conclusion, the real-life story on which the movie is based shows that PurvisfoundDillinger with assistance from a friend of Dillinger and his significant other, Katherine, known as Sage. The movie...we will have to see what happens. Thank you for reading this discourse on the historical meaning of public enemy, and have a wonderful day.
Let me just say Christian Bale and Johnny Depp have sparked my great interest in the 1930s and the " 'public enemy' era", as Wkipedia called the 1930s.
by Michelle AC May 02, 2009
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The only artists of the "hip-hop generation" who actually took the time to write something social. The thinking man's rap. Controversial rappers who on their worst day is 5000 times better than anyone else that every tried to rhyme a couple of lines.
by RockCity August 26, 2003
Public Enemy was the sign that hip-hop had exploded like a grenade. A rap group as abrasive, hardcore, and eloquent as a JFK speech, their music was one classic track after another: tense, multilayered, harmonically wild music. Chuck D declaims like a master preacher with foil Flavor Flav's voice darting around his. They've got the desperate energy of people fighting for their lives, and everything from their pumped-up rhetoric to the group's quasi-paramilitary organization to the sirens and sax squeals in nearly every track declares how urgent their mission is.
GL 5000: "Yo, put in some old school."
KY: "How bout some PE?"
GL 5000: "Now you're talkin..."
by KY Jelly July 08, 2005
Along with Run DMC, rap minus the pretentious 'gangsta' schtick. Therefore, rap was it should be.
Before the NWA and the fall of rap, there was the Public Enemy and all was well.
by Lover Boy August 28, 2003
A great rap group that once were produced by the famous Bomb Squad.
"Fear of a black Planet, huh? Yes, even almost 15 years later..."
by Ron Barr March 31, 2003
The first political rap group. In the early days worked with the Bomb Squad and also worked with them on 'Revolverlution'.
"I guess 9-11 ain't no joke"
by Danny Peterson January 10, 2004
A crazy buncha nigs who know can string rhymes together better than anyone!
Man, Public Enemy is really a talented bunch. Especially because Flava Flav wears a GIANT FUCKING CLOCK.
by Tommy Wommy Womsters September 16, 2003
Best film of 2009 so far. It's about the life of John Dillinger, who was a notorious gangster in the late 1920s to the 1930s. The film features the extremely talented Johnny Depp, severely under-appreciated Christian Bale, and the talented and sexy Marion Cotillard.
Public Enemies is the greatest film of 2009 (so far).
by ☢_☢ August 14, 2009
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