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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:
Cagney's First Screen Award Performance See more (124 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The moment in which Rocky forces a trailing hood to take his place inside the phone booth in the pharmacy to get killed was inspired by the death of New York gangster Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll. In the real incident, Coll was locked in a gang war with Dutch Schultz. During the war Coll hid in an apartment above a pharmacy and would only come out to go into the pharmacy and call his girlfriend from the phone booth. Schultz found out about this and when Coll went to make his routine phone call, two of Schultz's gunmen walked in and shot Coll to death.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Towards the end of the film, during the scene where Rocky is shooting it out with the police in the warehouse, watch the "concrete" pillar Rocky has taken cover behind. Seconds before a bullet impact appears on the pillar, a close up reveals a slight round indentation surrounded by a lighter coloring of paint, exactly where the bullet squib, which has been embedded in the pillar, explodes moments later. An immediate cut to Rocky's reaction has him bumping the pillar with his hands, at which point the entire "concrete" pillar wobbles slightly.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:
Soundtrack:
Shuffle Off to BuffaloSee more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Cagney's First Screen Award Performance, 5 June 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

The rise and fall of Rocky Sullivan, tough guy gangster but square fellow, was the subject of this excellent film by Warner Brothers in 1938. It has several things going for it that maintains it's high ratings among gangster films and Cagney movies.

For one thing, Cagney's brilliant performance as Rocky won him his first major film award - the 1938 New York Film Critics Award for best actor. It is frequently forgotten that Cagney won this award four years before his Oscar winner in "Yankee Doodle Dandy", but in actuality the performance was the high point of the work he did (up to that time) as a gangster (his performances in "White Heat" and "Love Me Or Leave Me" were way in the future). It drives home how much of a struggle it was for Cagney to get out of the gangster mode, and why his George M. Cohan was such a striking change for his fans.

Secondly it was the sequel (the first sequel) of the Bowery Boy feature films after their introduction in "Dead End". Oddly enough, in that film, Humphrey Bogart was the out and out gangster "Baby Face" Martin, who was the villain in the film. Baby Face enjoyed his following with the gang of boys in that film. Here, though, Bogart was playing a weaselly lawyer named Jim Frazier, who is cowardly - quite a different type from Baby Face, who is angry at the state of his world and how ugly it has become. But Baby Face, at least, had guts.

The Bowery Boys are again a gang of street kids, who Father Jerry Connelly (Pat O'Brien) is trying to keep on the straight and narrow. Here, however, they worship Rocky, the local punk who did rise in the underworld and made a name for himself. But Rocky is Jerry's oldest friend, and he is also willing to help the priest with the boys.

The story deals with how Bogart and his new boss, Mac Keefer (the unjustly forgotten George Bancroft) have gotten control of over 100,000 dollars (1930 style dollars - about twenty million in buying power today), that belongs to Cagney. Cagney wants it back, and when Bogart and Bancroft keep putting him off he uses strong arm methods to force them into line. Eventually things blow up, and Cagney ends up in a gun battle that leaves a dead cop. He is tried and found guilty for this murder, and goes to the death house. This leads to one of the most frightening moments in Cagney's film career - when we see his final moments when being taken to the electric chair to be strapped in. I guarantee once seen you will never forget it.

There are one or two interesting points of a historical nature about Cagney's performance as Rocky. First, that massive gun battle that is shown (where he kills the cop and battles the police department from a building. It actually happened! In about 1931 there was an incident in Manhattan when a young hood, "Two Gun" Crowley, held off police after a homicide in a battle that lasted nearly an entire afternoon. Crowley (like Rocky) was defeated by tear gas. Like Rocky, he too died in the electric chair.

It has been pointed out that Cagney based some of Rocky's mannerisms on a drug addict character he knew in his old Hell's Gate/Yorkville area when he was a kid. Cagney mentions this in his memoir CAGNEY. But there is a curious second source. In his youth, Jimmy Cagney came from a family that struggled but managed to have food on the table and clothes on their back. But some of his playmates were not so lucky. One was a fellow nicknamed "Bootah" (because of the oversize boots he was forced to wear) whose real name was Peter Heslin. Cagney always was friendly with Peter, but their lives drifted apart. On April 5, 1926, Heslin was engaged in an armed robbery when an off-duty police officer, Charles H. Reilly, tried to stop him and was shot and killed. But Heslin (who was also wounded in the encounter) was captured shortly afterward. He was tried and convicted, and finally executed on July 21, 1927. That same night, a star was born on Broadway where Jimmy Cagney made a name for himself as a singer and dancer in the show "Broadway". Cagney was aware of the tragedy playing out with his friend at Sing Sing that night. He mentions Bootah's execution in his memoirs. Newspaper accounts of Heslin's electrocution do not mention anything unusual, but one wonders if (when Cagney was doing the scene) he thought of his unfortunate friend and added a bit more power to those last moments of the film.

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