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
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Did You Know?
The story was written by Rowland Brown
as a project for James Cagney
at Grand National Pictures, the independent studio Cagney had signed with in 1936 after winning a breach-of-contract suit against Warner Bros. The original plan had been for Brown to write the full script and direct the film, but when Warners won back Cagney's contract on appeal they bought Brown's story for Cagney but assigned John Wexley
and Warren Duff
to do the screenplay and Michael Curtiz
to direct. See more
At the end of the montage showing Rocky's rise as a gangster, there is a shot of two men in a moving car throwing two "bombs" at a storefront. The bombs bounce off the window and back into the street just before the storefront explodes. 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
Referenced in One, Two, Three
Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the beginning of the pool room scene See more