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Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 August 1939 (USA)
A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life. However, he gets mixed up with the local mob boss and corrupt ... See full summary »

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Billy Halop ...
Billy Shafter
Bernard Punsly ...
Sleepy Arkelian (as Bernard Punsley)
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Leo Finnegan
Huntz Hall ...
Huntz
Gabriel Dell ...
Luigi
Bobby Jordan ...
Bernie
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Pat Remson
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Peggy Finnegan
Frankie Thomas ...
Gabe Ryan
Henry O'Neill ...
Remson Sr.
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Martino
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Mayor Dooley
Bernard Nedell ...
Kroner
Dick Rich ...
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A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life. However, he gets mixed up with the local mob boss and corrupt politicians and soon finds himself being framed for an arson and murder he didn't commit. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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26 August 1939 (USA)  »

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The Battle of City Hall  »

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Trivia

Despite its title and the cast holdovers, this was not a sequel to "Angels with Dirty Faces." See more »

Quotes

Pat Remson: I;ve come to the conclusion that all kids should be given a stretch in reform school... if they all come out as well as you did.
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Followed by On Dress Parade (1939) See more »

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In a Moment of Weakness
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Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Pat and Joy are talking
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Arson in the slums
5 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This 1939 film tried to capitalize on the much better Michael Curtiz's film "Angels with Dirty Faces". As directed by Ray Enright, the only interesting thing is how tamed these kids were in comparison with what's going on with the youth in America's inner cities today.

The film is only worth seeing because of the presence of Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan, who showed they were well paired together. The Dead End kids have larger parts as the plot concentrates on them rather than in the older folks.

In a way it's curious how arson was used in the same way some scrupulous landlords did in later years right here in New York. It was the quickest way to turn a property around never considering the social problems it created. In today's climate with so many guns around there is a new reality. The young kids of the story seemed mere pranksters rather than criminals. How times change!


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