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Dead End (1937)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  27 August 1937 (USA)
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The Dead End Kids, an unemployed architect, and gangster Baby Face Martin interact with an East Side neighborhood over one day and night.

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Dave
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Wendy Barrie ...
Kay
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Francey
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Hunk
Marjorie Main ...
Mrs. Martin
Billy Halop ...
Tommy
Huntz Hall ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Angel
Leo Gorcey ...
Spit (as Leo B. Gorcey)
Gabriel Dell ...
Bernard Punsly ...
Milty
Charles Peck ...
Philip
Minor Watson ...
Mr. Griswald
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Storyline

The Dead End Kids are introduced in their intricate East Side slum, overlooked by the apartments of the rich. Their antics, some funny, some vicious, alternate with subplots: unemployed architect Dave is torn between Drina, sweet but equally poor, and Kay, a rich man's mistress; gangster Baby Face Martin returns to his old neighborhood and finds that nobody is glad to see him. Then violent crime, both juvenile and adult, impacts the neighborhood and its people. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE GREATEST GANGSTER THRILLER THAT EVER EXPLODED FROM THE SCREEN! (1944 reissue print ad - all caps)

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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27 August 1937 (USA)  »

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Dead End: Cradle of Crime  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Wyler directed the property man to litter the set with real garbage to create the appropriate slum atmosphere. This disturbers the fastidious Sam Goldwyn, who would pick the garbage up after shooting would stop for the day. See more »

Quotes

Hugh 'Baby Face': [Hugh doesn't give a street kid money when the kid doesn't deliver] Nothing for nothing, kid.
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Referenced in Angels with Dirty Faces: Whaddya Hear? Whaddya Say? (2005) See more »

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Girl of My Dreams
(1927) (uncredited)
Written by Sunny Clapp
Played after Francey leaves Martin
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Could Be Made Today
11 February 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This movie is not only a great story, it is a great social commentary on the divisions between rich and poor. The main story concerns the return of a gangster to his old neighborhood, but a couple of side stories concern the gang of kids who seemingly idolize the hood and the rich people who live in a luxury apartment that is next to the slum. This film could be made today because the conditions that are in the film still exist today only they are a hundred times worse because the gap between the rich and the poor in this country have widened even more. This film should be shown more on television


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