Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly were tough kids who grew up together in the toughest part of New York --- Hell's Kitchen. Early on, Rocky gets sent to reform school, where he learns how to be a first class criminal. Jerry, who had escaped from the law, goes straight and becomes a priest. As adults, they reunite in the old neighborhood: Jerry works with the kids who, like he and Rocky, could end up on either side of the law. Rocky has returned looking for a safe place to stay till he can get back into his old racketeering organization -- something that his old partner isn't anxious to have happen. Lots of rapid fire wisecracks, roughhousing and gunfire ensues. Written by
The saga of America's dirty faced kids... And the breaks that life won't give them!
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Did You Know?
The Dead End Kids
terrorized the set during shooting. They threw other actors off with their ad-libbing, and once cornered costar Humphrey Bogart
and stole his trousers. But they didn't figure on James Cagney
's street-bred toughness. The first time Leo Gorcey
pulled an ad-lib on Cagney, the star stiff-armed the young actor right above the nose. From then on, the gang behaved. See more
Seven minutes into the film there is a drive-by scene where two men in a convertible throw grenades at a shop window. You can clearly see both of them bounce off the window and back into the street. See more
Jerry, As a Boy
William 'Rocky' Sullivan, as a boy
It's as dead as a door nail around here.
Jerry, As a Boy
In My Merry Oldsmobile
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Vincent Bryan
Revised version sung a cappella by James Cagney
and Pat O'Brien See more