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You Can't Get Away with Murder -- Humphrey Bogart stars in this gangster movie that shows the fate that befalls a young punk (Dead End Kid Billy Halop) who hooks up with a mobster (Bogart). Also stars Gale Page.


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Robert Buckner (screen play) &
Don Ryan (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
20 May 1939 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A good gangster movie that deserves a DVD release See more (11 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Frank Wilson
Gale Page ... Madge Stone
Billy Halop ... Johnnie Stone

John Litel ... Attorney Carey

Henry Travers ... Pop
Harvey Stephens ... Fred Burke
Harold Huber ... Scappa
Joe Sawyer ... Red
Joe Downing ... Smitty

George E. Stone ... Toad
Joe King ... Principal Keeper (as Joseph King)
Joseph Crehan ... Warden
John Ridgely ... Gas Station Attendant
Herbert Rawlinson ... District Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nat Carr ... Convict (scenes deleted)

Lane Chandler ... Guard (scenes deleted)

Joe Devlin ... Prisoner (scenes deleted)

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Sam (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Tourist on Boat (uncredited)
Edwin Brian ... Billiards Observer (uncredited)

Frankie Burke ... Billard Player (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Attacked Keeper (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Convict (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... 'Lock' Man - Inventor (uncredited)
Edgar Edwards ... Trainer (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Boat Tour Guide (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ... Stenographer (uncredited)
John Harron ... Convict Remaining in Cell (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Keeper Burns (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Keeper Collins (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Keeper Monahan (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... First Detective (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Billard Player (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... 'Lock' Man - Inventor (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Second Detective (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Officer (uncredited)
Gertrude Short ... Peg - Madge's Friend (uncredited)
Robert Strange ... Chapin Loan Co. Pawnbroker (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Pool Hall Proprietor (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Seiler 
Writing credits
Robert Buckner (screen play) &
Don Ryan (screen play) and
Kenneth Gamet (screen play)

Lewis E. Lawes (based on a play by) (as Warden Lewis E. Lawes) and
Jonathan Finn (based on a play by)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld  (as H. Roemheld)
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
Film Editing by
James Gibbon 
Art Direction by
Hugh Reticker 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Production Management
Louis Baum .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Kay .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Rudolph G. Kopp .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Jo Graham .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as a Warner Bros. - First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Finland:(Banned) (1939) | USA:Approved (PCA #4705) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Three actors listed in Studio records as being in this film were not seen in the movie. These were (with their character names): Nat Carr (Convict), Lane Chandler (Guard) and Joe Devlin (Prisoner).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Scappa:Aw pee yourself, Frankie! Here's one guy that's cut all his teeth.
Frank Wilson:Well how'd you like to have me shove 'em down your throat for you?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Invisible Stripes (1939)See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A good gangster movie that deserves a DVD release, 1 October 2006
Author: Johnboy1221 from Texas

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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