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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:
Say A Prayer For A Kid Who Couldn't Run As Fast See more (125 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 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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Rocky tries to escape after he is walked out of the warehouse, by Father Connolly and is wounded, then captured, one of the cops reveals the two revolvers rocky had being empty. There is no reason Rocky would empty his revolvers of their spent cartridges.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:
Edited into The Roaring Twenties (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
From Me to YouSee more »

FAQ

Frankie Burke---How Was He Described?
Hedda & Louella Wrote What About "Dead End Kids"?
"Dead End Kids"---Who of Them Joined the Navy?
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Say A Prayer For A Kid Who Couldn't Run As Fast, 2 June 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Angels With Dirty Faces is a milestone film for the careers of both James Cagney and Pat O'Brien. Up to now they had been successfully teamed by Warner Brothers in a whole series of buddy films. In fact it is my contention that they popularized that particular genre. Here they are childhood friends, but as adults, adversaries due to the course in life they took.

Cagney came off suspension from Warner Brothers and agreed to do this film as his comeback of sorts. At first glance it seems just like another gangster flick, just what Cagney had been trying to get away from. But by force of personality and a superior script, Cagney turned the role of Rocky Sullivan into a classic and got his first Academy Award nomination.

As for O'Brien, this was his first clerical role. Usually O'Brien is the fast talking manager, press agent,etc. When playing a priest Pat O'Brien slows the pace of the dialog down to a crawl and it works. He greatly expanded his range here and there were many other classic clerical roles to come.

Cagney's a notorious gangster who's just been let out of prison after a three year stretch, taking a fall for his crooked attorney, Humphrey Bogart. Bogart was supposed to guard his $100,000.00 Cagney had squirreled away from illegal activities in the Twenties. Bogart's got a new partner now in George Bancroft and neither of them wants to cut Cagney in on anything.

Let's just say that Cagney in the usual Cagney fashion makes both of them wish they'd played it on the square.

Father O'Brien's concern is that notorious criminal Cagney is becoming a hero to some of the neighborhood kids in his parish. But he also can't forget that the two of them had been boyhood pals and that Cagney's first brush with the law was over a petty crime that O'Brien was equally guilty of. This is shown in a small prologue with three players portraying, Cagney, O'Brien, and neighborhood girl Ann Sheridan as kids.

Young Frankie Burke is astounding in his portrayal of the young Cagney. He has him down perfectly, he becomes Cagney. Angels With Dirty Faces is worth watching for him alone.

Those other juvenile actors with Warner Brothers at the time, The Dead End Kids, play the kids from the parish who come to idolize and idealize Cagney. O'Brien has one tough time trying to make them see that Cagney's life is not the way to go in life.

Angels With Dirty Faces still has a powerful message for today and film aficionados should see it because of that and because it was a key turning point in the careers of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien.

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