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Director:
Writers:
John Wexley (screen play) and
Warren Duff (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
26 November 1938 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The saga of America's dirty faced kids... And the breaks that life won't give them! See more »
Plot:
A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
An absolute classic See more (123 total) »

Cast

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James Cagney ... Rocky Sullivan

Pat O'Brien ... Jerry Connolly

Humphrey Bogart ... James Frazier

Ann Sheridan ... Laury Ferguson
George Bancroft ... Mac Keefer
The 'Dead End' Kids
Billy Halop ... Soapy
Bobby Jordan ... Swing
Leo Gorcey ... Bim
Gabriel Dell ... Pasty
Huntz Hall ... Crab
Bernard Punsly ... Hunky (as Bernard Punsley)
Joe Downing ... Steve
Edward Pawley ... Edwards
Adrian Morris ... Blackie

Frankie Burke ... Rocky - as a Boy
William Tracy ... Jerry - as a Boy (as William Tracey)

Marilyn Knowlden ... Laury - as a Child
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir (as St. Brendan's Church Choir)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harris Berger ... Basketball Captain (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Convict (uncredited)
Edwin Brian ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Sonny Bupp ... Boy (uncredited)
Brian Burke ... Convict (uncredited)
Gary Carthew ... Church Basketball Team Player (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Guard (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Bill Cohee ... Church Basketball Team Player (uncredited)
William Crowell ... Whimpering Convict (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham ... Managing Editor (uncredited)
Steve Darrell ... Gangster (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Gangster (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Chronicle Editor (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Death Row Guard (uncredited)
David Durand ... Boy in Pool Room (uncredited)
Earl Dwire ... Priest (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Italian Storekeeper (uncredited)
Jack Egger ... Boy (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Railroad Yard Watchman (uncredited)
Galan Galt ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Death Row Guard (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Patrick McGee (uncredited)
Earl Gunn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Sharpie (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Police Captain (uncredited)
John Harron ... Sharpie (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Pharmacist (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Convict (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Guard (uncredited)
Al Hill ... (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Policeman (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Press City Editor (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Kowalski ... Boy (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Soapy's Mother (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Reporter (uncredited)
Vince Lombardi ... Boy (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Le Val Lund Jr. ... Church Basketball Team Player (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Croupier (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Marston ... Well-Dressed Man (uncredited)
Bibby Mayer ... Church Basketball Team Player (uncredited)
Billy McClain ... Janitor (uncredited)
Roger McGee ... Boy (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Mrs. Maggione (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Mori ... (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Detective (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Inquisitive Youth in Pool Room (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Railroad Guard (uncredited)
Oscar O'Shea ... Kennedy (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Older Boy (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Officer McMann (uncredited)
William Pawley ... Bugs (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Death Row Guard (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Detective (uncredited)
Theodore Rand ... Gunman #3 (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Gangster (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Policeman on El Toro Club Phone (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack C. Smith ... Railroad Guard (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
James Spottswood ... 'Record' Editor (uncredited)
Michael Stark ... Death Row Guard (uncredited)
Chuck Stubbs ... Red (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Ed (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Cop (uncredited)
A.W. Sweatt ... Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Syracuse ... Maggione Boy (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Convict (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Norton J. White (uncredited)
Norman Wallace ... Church Basketball Team Player (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Man in Pool Room Slugged by Father Connelly (uncredited)
Leo White ... Man with Baby (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... Girl at Gaming Table (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Onlooker at Drugstore (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Police Lieutenant Buckley (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... Hanger-on in Pool Room (uncredited)
Dan Wolheim ... Convict (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Warden (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
John Wexley (screen play) and
Warren Duff (screen play)

Rowland Brown (from a story by)

Ben Hecht  uncredited
Charles MacArthur  uncredited

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Mattison .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmett Emerson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herbert Plews .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound (as E.A. Brown)
Peter Berkos .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Evans .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Al Green .... second camera (uncredited)
William Harrington .... best boy (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Charley Mark .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
 
Other crew
Jo Graham .... dialogue director
J.J. Devlin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Frank Kowalski .... script clerk (uncredited)
Jack Lucas .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:G (cable rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (1949) | Finland:(Banned) (1939) | Germany:12 | Norway:16 (1939) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (1986) | UK:A (1938) (cut) | USA:Approved (PCA #4496) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 22, 1939 with James Cagney and Pat O'Brien reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In one of the newspapers headlining an article about Rocky kidnapping Frazier, the word 'Kidnapper' is incorrectly spelled with only one P.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jerry, As a Boy:Bulls eye!
William 'Rocky' Sullivan, as a boy:It's as dead as a door nail around here.
Jerry, As a Boy:Yeah.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Calvary (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Sidewalks of New YorkSee more »

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43 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
An absolute classic, 3 January 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Michael Curtiz has made some great films, yet the only one that tends to be well received among film fans is his contender for the best movie ever made - obviously Casablanca (and Robin Hood, to a lesser extent). However, the man has a wealth of other influential classics under his belt that don't tend to get the recognition that they deserve, and Angels With Dirty Faces is one of those films. To sum the film up easily, one would say that it is a crime drama. However; like the best crime dramas, this one has multiple themes that elevate it from being merely a film about crime, to being a character study, a portrait of what it is that makes a hero and a condemnation of criminals on the whole. The story follows Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly; two young New York thugs, the former of which is caught by the police and sent to a reform school, where, ironically, he learns to be a criminal. The latter escapes punishment and goes on to become a priest. The story follows these two men as they meet up as adults and have an effect on the lives of the kids of their old neighbourhood.

The focus of the film is always centred on the neighbourhood. This allows Curtiz to show us the effects that Rocky's criminal endeavours have on the kids of the neighbourhood more effectively. This sort of narrative would be employed in later films, such as the critically acclaimed 'City of God', and works well here too. The way the film shows how impressionable young kids can be influenced by adults works brilliantly, and Curtiz is able to continue this theme up until the powerful ending. James Cagney would later go on to achieve major fame in the incredible 'White Heat', but here he shows us what the quintessential New York gangster would be like. His performance, in short, is incredible and easily ranks among the best gangster roles of all time. The rest of the cast do well in their roles, with distinct New York accents helping to firmly place the audience in the city that the film is taking place in. Furthermore, the film is economic in the way it's plotted and it's also very exciting, and therefore guaranteed to delight it's audience.

Angels With Dirty Faces is an absolute cinema classic and quite why it isn't more famous is anyone's guess. Although not quite as good as Casablanca, this is a major notch in Michael Curtiz's filmography and I wouldn't have any qualms with recommending this to film fans at all.

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