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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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Pop
Henry Armetta ...
Nick
Stanley Ridges ...
Charlie Garrett
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Prosecutor
Moroni Olsen ...
Slim Jones - Defense Attorney
Victor Kilian ...
Doc Saunders
Frank Jaquet ...
Abe Connors
Ferike Boros ...
Delicatessen Proprietress
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Venetti
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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 √© o Meu Destino  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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Remade as I Was Framed (1942) See more »

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In a Moment of Weakness
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Mabel shows Joe the ring after the wedding
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not good but not bad
2 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

A routine John Garfield film that Garfield really didn't even want to do. It starts out with Garfield serving thirteen months in jail for a crime he didn't commit and as soon as he's back on the streets, he gets on a train with two of the dead end kids and winds up getting in a fight with Ward Bond, who is hiding out from the cops. The cops arrest all of them and Bond says Garfield helped him when he committed the crime and he's sent up again for a crime he didn't commit. He's given 90 days on a work farm and he and warden take a disliking for each other immediately. That's when he meets the warden's daughter and there is a lot more plot to the movie but you can find that out for yourself.


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