Angels with Dirty Faces Movie Review 1938

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Rousing classic with memorable Cagney twitches and the famous long walk from the cell to the chair. Two young hoods grow up on NYC's lower East Side with diverse results--one enters the priesthood and the other opts for crime and prison. Upon release from the pen, famed gangster Cagney sets up shop in the old neighborhood, where Father O'Brien tries to keep a group of young toughs (the Dead End Kids) from following in his footsteps. Bogart's his unscrupulous lawyer and Bancroft a crime boss intent on double-crossing Cagney. Reportedly they were blasting real bullets during the big shootout, no doubt helping Cagney's intensity. Adapted from a story by Rowland Brown.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 97 minutes.

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Crime Drama, Men in Prison, Teen Angst, Organized Crime, The Bowery Boys, Adapted from a Story, Nuns & Priests, Wrong Side of the Tracks, New York, New York, Death Row, Screen Teams: Cagney & O'Brien, Juvenile Delinquents, 4 Bones
John Wexley, Warren Duff, Rowland Brown
James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, Billy Halop, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Bernard Punsley, Gabriel Dell, Adrian Morris
Sol Polito
Michael Curtiz
Max Steiner


N.Y. Film Critics 1938: Actor (Cagney).

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