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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:
Post Production Code Gangster Classic! See more (133 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Rocky Sullivan

Pat O'Brien ... Jerry Connolly

Humphrey Bogart ... James Frazier

Ann Sheridan ... Laury Martin

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 Lt. 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
Sterling Campbell .... second unit director (uncredited)
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) | Finland:K-16 (1949) | Finland:(Banned) (1939) | 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:
Architect Lewis Pilcher designed the death house--it went into service in the early 1920s. The building is still at Sing Sing Penitentiary. On Google Earth, zoom in on the prison and look at the southwest corner by the river. The building with two wings and a diamond-shaped structure in the middle is the infamous "death house".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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Soundtrack:
Shuffle Off to BuffaloSee more »

FAQ

Chicago Ooening Happened When?
"Dead End Kids"---Who of Them Joined the Navy?
Frankie Burke---How Was He Described?
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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Post Production Code Gangster Classic!, 12 February 2005
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Angels With Dirty Faces" was James Cagney's first film for Warner Bros. following his two year contract dispute. During that time he appeared in two films for the poverty row studio Grand National. With a few concessions to The Production Code (introduced in 1934) it is nonetheless one of the great all time gangster films. The touch of legendary director Michael Curtiz is evident throughout.

The story begins in the 1920s with two boyhood pals "Rocky" Sullivan (Frankie Burke) and Jerry Connelly (William Tracy) in the Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood of New York. Rocky gets arrested by the police and is sent to the reformatory after a botched break in while Jerry escapes. While in prison, Rocky learns the evils of gangsterism from within and forges a life of crime and growing up to be James Cagney. Meanwhile Jerry has become a priest in the Pierson of Pat O'Brien.

Rocky returns to the old neighborhood and becomes involved with a group of teenagers (The Dead End Kids) who are headed in the same direction as Rocky. Fr. Jerry prevails upon Rocky to help him straighten the boys out before its too late. Rocky also meets up with a girl from his childhood, Laury Ferguson (Ann Sheridan).

Meanwhile we learn that Rocky has served three years in jail to protect his former partner and lawyer Jim Frazier (Humphrey Bogart). He has also entrusted Frazier with $100,000 from an earlier caper. Rocky goes to Frazier to demand his money and learns that Frazier is now involved with crime boss Mac Keefer (George Bancroft) and that they plan to cheat him out of his money. Hey, nobody double crosses Rocky.

Cagney is typical Cagney, bold, brash and cocky as Rocky. O'Brien as the Irish priest was a role he was born to play. Sheridan looks lovely but has little to do. Bogart, who was still 3 years away from major stardom, does well as the yellow back stabbing lawyer. The Dead End Kids - Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsley) would move to a "B" series (without Hallop) after their Warner contract expired in 1939. The performances of Frankie Burke in particular and William Tracy as the young Rocky and Jerry are excellent.

"Angels With Dirty Faces" is probably best remembered for its ending. don't miss it.

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