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Patrick J. Ryan's Bar

There are so many great references in the Underworld scene in the Great Movie Ride and maybe some day we will document them all.  One of the first things you see as you enter the Underworld scene of the Great Movie Ride is Patrick J. Ryan's Bar.  Nothing's really happening here but it's part of the story being as part of a major crime film.

The 1931 classic "The Public Enemy" dominates much of the Underworld scene.  The film, starring James Cagney, accounts for a few other references in the scene that we've already documented such as U Drive Garage and Red Oaks Social Club.  Like them, Patrick J Ryan's Bar is a reference to "The Public Enemy".

In the film. Patrick J. Ryan is a character better known as Paddy Ryan (played by Robert Emmett O'Connor) who starts out as a bootlegger and eventually makes his way to a mob boss.  Ryan recruits Tom Powers (James Cagney) into his criminal network and his bar is the scene from the film where rival mob boss Schemer Burns orders Ryan's bar to be fire-bombed.

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