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You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 May 1939 (USA)
Youthful tough Johnny Stone has fallen under the influence of petty crook Frank Wilson, who involves him and robbery and murder using his sister's boyfriend's stolen gun.

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Frank Wilson
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Madge Stone
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Johnnie Stone
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Attorney Carey
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Harvey Stephens ...
Fred Burke
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Scappa
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Joe King ...
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Johnnie learns crime from petty thug Frank Wilson. When Wilson kills a pawnbroker with a gun stolen from Johnnie's sister Madge's fiance Fred Burke, Fred goes to Sing Sing's death house. Wilson uses all the pressure can to keep Johnnie silent, even after he and Johnnie themselves wind up in the big house. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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In Invisible Stripes (1939) Humphrey Bogart and Lee Patrick are seen leaving a theater showing "You Can't Get Away With Murder". See more »

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Toad: I like this book. Ain't got no pictures in it.
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Referenced in Invisible Stripes (1939) See more »

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WB Prison Pic Featuring Bogart and Billy Halop in Cautionary Tale
31 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the Cusp of His Budding Career as a Major Star, Humphrey Bogart Leads a Strong WB Cast Highlighting Dead End Kid Billy Halop. It's a Classic Warner's Message Movie that is a bit Heavy Handed at times but Makes it Point.

A Youth in the Neighborhood Looks Up to Petty Criminal Bogart and is Quickly Swept Up in an Evil Man's Whirlwind. Getting Caught and Sentenced to Sing Sing, Bogart and Halop have a Deep Connection but Only the Nineteen Year Old has any Chance at Redemption. It Comes at a Heavy Price, but at Least Now He Can Sleep.

Slightly Above Average for This Type of Thing and its Dramatic Story along with Bogart and Halop make this a Rewarding Film for its Iconic Depression Era Study. It's Tense and Edge of Your Seat if You Get Into It.

There's Also Many a Supporting Players that Make Things Interesting. An Old Timer Prison Librarian (Henry Travers) that Takes "Johnny" under His Wing is a Standout.


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