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Dead End (1937)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1937 (USA)
The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum.

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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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Drama that roars fullblooded from the screen! (1944 rerelease poster) See more »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Goldwyn paid $165,000 for the rights to Sidney Kingsley's play, which ran eighty-five weeks on Broadway. The review of the play in Hollywood Reporter noted that the play had the potential to make a great film. See more »

Quotes

Francey: You can stay, nobody will recognize your face.
Hugh 'Baby Face': Yeah,
[shows her his fingers]
Hugh 'Baby Face': but you can't change these. I've tried three times with battery acid, it doesn't work.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Boo-Hoo
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Played at the upstairs party and sung by Huntz Hall in the street
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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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