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The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 August 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Billy Halop ...
Billy Shafter
Bernard Punsly ...
Sleepy Arkelian (as Bernard Punsley)
Leo Gorcey ...
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.
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Martino
Berton Churchill ...
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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Angels Wash Their Faces  »

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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: Where does Shuffle hang out?
Huntz: He hangs out with Kroner and Kroner's always in the bowling alley.
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A-Tisket A-Tasket
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Played by an organ grinder and whistled by Jackie Searl when the boys encounter Alfred Goonplatz
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Inferior sequel puts Sheridan and Reagan in the background...
24 August 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ANGELS WASH THEIR FACES is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the previous ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES, but emerges as a vehicle for the Dead End Kids rather than giving ANN SHERIDAN or RONALD REAGAN a chance to demonstrate their chemistry.

If you happen to be a fan of The Kids, this film is up your alley. They seem more like delinquents than real gangsters (by today's standards), while Sheridan and Reagan try to resolve the problems they create involving a wrongly accused case of arson.

Ray Enright keeps it all moving rather briskly, but the script--with its focus on the kids rather than the stars--is a disappointment for fans of Sheridan and Reagan.

The cast includes the usual Warner stock company of contract players, including Bonita Granville, Henry O'Neill, Eduardo Ciannelli, Frankie Thomas and Margaret Hamilton.

Summing up: Routine crime drama interesting only for a glimpse of Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan at an early stage of their careers.


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