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You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Crime  |  20 May 1939 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
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Frank Wilson
Gale Page ...
Madge Stone
Billy Halop ...
Johnnie Stone
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Attorney Carey
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Pop
Harvey Stephens ...
Fred Burke
Harold Huber ...
Scappa
Joe Sawyer ...
Red
Joe Downing ...
Smitty
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Toad
Joe King ...
Principal Keeper (as Joseph King)
Joseph Crehan ...
Warden
John Ridgely ...
Gas Station Attendant
Herbert Rawlinson ...
District Attorney
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Nat Carr ...
Convict (scenes deleted)
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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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Explorando o Crime  »

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

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Even though Bogart's character asks for 5 gallons of gas (90 cents at 18 cents a gallon), gas station attendant John Ridgely is able to pump it in only 8 seconds, faster than any gas pump on record. See more »

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A good gangster movie that deserves a DVD release
1 October 2006 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I've always loved this movie a lot. I'm a Bogie fan and a Billy Halop fan, too, so this movie really interests me.

Halop should have gone on to stardom, as he had the looks and charisma to make it. I don't know what went wrong, but this film is a good indication of his growing acting ability.

It's also a step in the right direction towards breaking Halop away from his silly juvenile roles. He could easily play more sinister, dark roles, and this movie proves it.

The ending could have glossed over the Halop-Bogie clash, but didn't, and I like that.

It's a well-made little gangster film that deserves much better accolades.


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