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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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Warner Bros. Studios began to tire of the boys' antics during production of "Angels Wash Their Faces." Among their pranks: throwing a lit firecracker in Humphrey Bogart's dressing room, painting obscene murals on the office walls, and setting off fire sprinklers in the wardrobe department. The studio hired a former football player, Russ Saunders, in hopes of taming their unruly sextet. He ultimately had to use a fire hose on them. Ultimately the studio became fed up and dropped their contract. See more »

Quotes

Pat Remson: I'm getting tired of telling you, your beautiful.
Joy Ryan: But, I"m not getting tired of hearing it.
Pat Remson: That's the marvelous thing about you. You're the only person in the world who likes my dialogue.
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References Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) See more »

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A-Tisket A-Tasket
Traditional children's song
Played by an organ grinder and whistled by Jackie Searl when the boys encounter Alfred Goonplatz
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Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan
3 November 2002 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

A sequel to Angels With Dirty Faces in name only, The Angels Wash Their Faces suffers somewhat from the usual shenanigans of the Dead End Kids. As a matter of fact, with the presence of the Dead End Kids and Ann Sheridan this should have been treated as an actual sequel to Angels With Dirty Faces, at least for continuity's sake.

Speaking of Ann Sheridan, she is the one true shining light of this movie. To paraphrase a cliché, Ann Sheridan could read from a phone book for two hours and I would buy the DVD!

Another virtue of this movie is the chemistry between Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately , this aspect of the film is kept too far in the background. For a better example of the Sheridan-Reagan duo I would recommend Juke Girl or Kings Row.


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