Johnnie is a boxer. The same evening he won the world championship, he is charged for the murder of a reporter and is taken for dead. Running away from New York, he ends up in a ranch in Arizona, run by an old lady as a work farm for delinquent teenagers. He falls in love with Peggy and became the teenagers' hero. But there is that New York Detective, Phelan, that does not believe he is dead and is chasing him... An unlikely scenario, but not a so bad film. Written by
I am a fugitive... I am hunted by ruthless men! I am shunned by decent women! I am doomed to hide forever!
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Did You Know?
Director Busby Berkeley
first made a name for himself with musical spectaculars like Footlight Parade
(1933), Gold Diggers of 1933
(1933) and 42nd Street
(1933). He persuaded Warner Brothers executives to let him do a dramatic picture, and they assigned him to this film. He didn't shed his musical association entirely, however; the film contains an "in-joke". When "Dippy" (Huntz Hall
) operates the controls of a makeshift shower, he serenades the bathing "Jack/Johnnie" with "By The Waterfall", a song from Berkeley's hit "Footlight Parade". See more
At 38minutes into the film Gloria Dickson's "Peggy" calls John Garfield's character "Johnnie" when he in fact is still under the guise & alias persona of "Jack Dorney"! She could not know that since he has not told anyone at that point of the film. See more
Johnnie Bradfield, aka Jack Dorney
If you're rootin' for me, I'll go in there and bang the ears off the biggest guy in the world.
Followed by Angels Wash Their Faces
M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World to Me
Music by Theodore Morse
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Partially sung a cappella by Bert Roach See more