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Back Door to Heaven (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 4 December 1939 (Sweden)
The life of a young slum kid, who starts out stealing small things in order to fit in with the "crowd", winds up in reform school, and eventually spends much of his life in prison. Upon his... See full summary »

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Anita Magee ...
Carol Evans
Raymond Roe ...
John Shelley
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Charley Smith
Kenneth LeRoy ...
Bob Hale
David Johnson ...
Wallace Kishler
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Attorney
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Frankie's Father
Jane Seymour ...
Frankie's Mother
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Alfred Webster ...
Sheriff Kramer
Robert Vivian ...
George Spelvin
Robert Wildhack ...
Mr. Herzing
Hugh Cameron ...
Warden
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The life of a young slum kid, who starts out stealing small things in order to fit in with the "crowd", winds up in reform school, and eventually spends much of his life in prison. Upon his release, he finds that life on the outside can be just as hard as life on the inside. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama

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4 December 1939 (Sweden)  »

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Frankie  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of James Seay. See more »

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I Need a Friend
By Pierre Norman and Nick Kenny & Charles Kenny
Musical direction by Don Juielle
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Small, budget film with a heart bigger than an epic.

A film that was created as a second-feature became a small jewel by means of an honest script and sincere performances by little-known actors. (Van Heflin appears in a very early performance.)

James Lydon appears as Frankie, a small boy living a desperate existence in a slum area, who steals a harmonica in order to fit in with his classmates. Lydon's performance is heartbreaking, and you know that his character is lost forever under the weight of despair. Then we see Frankie grown, in prison. (Wallace Ford) A parole sets the story in motion, and we see how tragic circumstances can indeed forever destroy a life. Aline MacMahon as Frankie's teacher gives her usual sterling performance. Don't miss this one.


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