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They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

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A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

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Magee
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Storyline

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 Yepok

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I am a fugitive... I am hunted by ruthless men! I am shunned by decent women! I am doomed to hide forever! See more »


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28 January 1939 (USA)  »

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I Became a Criminal  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently, the copyright on this film was not renewed, and so it fell into public domain; as a result, countless discount VHS and DVD dealers, who normally do not include copyrighted major studio titles in their inventories, do offer this one, but since they don't have access to original negative material, copies are usually unacceptably inferior. See more »

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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 »

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Speed: She took eight gallons. That's a dollar twenty-eight.
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Followed by Give Us Wings (1940) See more »

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The Whip
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Abe Holzmann
Played at Legion Stadium before the fights
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A Mirror Image of another great film from the 1930's
14 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never been a big fan of John Garfield but seeing this movie gave me a different opinion. This is a well done remake of one of my all time favorite films "The Life of Jimmy Dolan" (1933) with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. , Loretta Young , a very young Mickey Rooney and a cameo by a guy named John Wayne. That film had one of the best love songs ever "How Deep Is the Ocean" as a background to the love scenes.

Garfield plays his boxer a little more as a looser than did Doug Fairbanks but he is great in the part.

What really drew me to this film was the "ensemble" cast of the Dead End Kids as the tough reform school guys on the farm that Garfield's character helps. The ever superb (and I feel also unrated) Leo Gorcey says it all with his body language and that face as the tough mug with a ice cube for a heart. He is wonderful. As for the rest of the Bowery Boys/Dead End Kids, they are also fabulous. How they play off each other is a lesson in acting.

I would recommend this film but for the classic take on this story see the Fairbanks film. It is outstanding.


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