17 user 8 critic

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.



(screen play), (screen play) | 3 more credits »

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ex-con who wants to go straight has difficulties trying to reintegrate into society while on parole.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: George Raft, Jane Bryan, William Holden
Black Legion (1937)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Dick Foran
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After local grocery clerk rescues a baby from an escaped lion, a circus owner builds him into an attraction but balks when he falls in love with his sister.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Eddie Albert
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carol Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After crooked nightclub owner Chips Maguire murders a police informant, he blackmails his piano player to allow him to stay at his eccentric mother's boarding house.

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Jeffrey Lynn
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Black comedy about a brilliant Park Avenue doctor who becomes a criminal in order to do research into the criminal mind.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sothern
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Manhattan gangster John "Czar" Martin enters the trucking business in an effort to control the produce market. When he catches popular trucker Danny Jordan robbing the gang's office to ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, George Brent, Gloria Dickson
History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed, kicked out of the Army, and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. ... See full summary »

Directors: John Huston, Vincent Sherman
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet


Complete credited cast:
Frank Wilson
Madge Stone
Billy Halop ...
Johnnie Stone
Attorney Carey
Harvey Stephens ...
Fred Burke
Joe Downing ...
Joe King ...
Principal Keeper (as Joseph King)
John Ridgely ...
Gas Station Attendant
District Attorney


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Explorando o Crime  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The original play opened in New York on 26 March 1937. See more »


Toad: I like this book. Ain't got no pictures in it.
See more »


Referenced in Invisible Stripes (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nice Warner/Bogart Flick
22 January 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Nice crime flick from Warner has the young Johnny (Billy Halop) looking up to tough guy Frank (Humphrey Bogart) and soon the two are pulling jobs together. Johnny steals a gun from his sister's fiancé, which Frank uses to kill a guy but the police pin it on the fiancé. Soon Johnny and Frank are behind bars for another crime while the kid soon starts to feel guilt over an innocent man about to die. This 78-minute movie features a lot of plot and some might say there's too much plot but there's no denying that this is 100% pure Warner action as not only do we get the best of their crime films but also a pretty good prison drama as well. There's a lot going on in this film and I think most fans of the genre are really going to eat this thing up. Of course, it all starts with Bogart playing another one of his tough guy roles and naturally he handles the material very well. Everything people love about Bogart from that wicked voice to that personality is on full display here as his character chews up each scene he's in. Halop doesn't do too bad either, although I must admit that his character was so annoying in certain scenes that I was wanting to punch him myself. Gale Page and Harvey Stephens are good as the sister and fiancé and then we have Henry Travers in a good part of the elder con trying to steer the young kid in the right direction. Character actors George E. Stone and Joe Sawyer also appear in minor roles. The screenplay pretty much tries to throw everything at you at once and while the film does lose focus in a few spots, that doesn't mean the thing ever gets boring or slow. The director keeps everything moving at a pretty good pace and I must admit that the film ended a lot differently than I expected. The prison escape was pretty intense as was a few earlier scenes were Bogart wants to seek his revenge. All in all this movie certainly deserve to be more wildly seen as it contain the some great "tough guy" stuff that film buffs will eat up.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How did this end? ginb03
P.K.? dawelo
Basic flaw in the plot Arey2
Discuss You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: