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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

 -  Drama  -  16 September 1939 (USA)
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Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading ... See full summary »

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Mabel Alden
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Mike Leonard
Frank McHugh ...
Caruthers
Billy Halop ...
Hank Glenn
Bobby Jordan ...
Jimmy Glenn
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Henry Armetta ...
Nick
Stanley Ridges ...
Charlie Garrett
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Moroni Olsen ...
Slim Jones - Defense Attorney
Victor Kilian ...
Doc Saunders
Frank Jaquet ...
Abe Connors
Ferike Boros ...
Delicatessen Proprietress
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Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading to the older man's death due to a weak heart. Joe and Mabel go on the run as he thinks no-one would believe a nobody like him. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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16 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cruel é o Meu Destino  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The original ending of the film called for Joe and Mabel to be shot to death, but the commercial failure of You Only Live Once (1937), which had a tragic ending, compelled the Warner Bros. studio heads to demand a happy ending. When writer Robert Rossen refused to write the new ending, Seton I. Miller was brought in to write it. See more »

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Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played before the wedding
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Stands the Test of Time
21 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Optimism and hope versus cynicism and despair. Depression era tale of a wrongly accused ex-con taking on a society that never seems to give a guy an even break. Although he is given quite a few, fate intervenes and knocks him off his feet.

Broke and running (once again) from a crime he did not commit, this time he has a companion (guardian angel) that understands him and guides, then forces, the troubled soul on a path of belonging to a world that can offer peace and a place to hang their hats.

A very good, if typical, movie that during the depression was a fitting try at uplifting the downtrodden. An idealistic, progressive endeavor from a studio that could deliver a message and a Star that epitomized method acting before there was method acting.

Although at times a bit over written and assuming it is a time capsule that stands the test.


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