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Director:
Writers:
Robert Buckner (screen play) &
Don Ryan (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
20 May 1939 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Better than average gangster/prison film ala 1930's Warner Brothers See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (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' Chissel ... 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)
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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


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Runtime:
79 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Finland:(Banned) (1939) | USA:Approved (PCA #4705) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The original play opened in New York on 26 March 1937.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Sam:[after shining his shoes] There you are, Pop. There's one you can see your face in.
Pop, Sing Sing Librarian:What I want is one I can see YOUR face in.
[Sam laughs]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Invisible Stripes (1939)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Better than average gangster/prison film ala 1930's Warner Brothers, 16 December 2009
Author: calvinnme from United States

Don't come to this film expecting that much Bogart or that much action, and you'll probably enjoy this 80 minute-long late 30's crime drama.

Billy Halop of the Dead End Kids is the real star of this film, made two years before Bogart became a true star at Warner Brothers, but this time Halop is minus the other Dead Enders. Here he plays John Stone, a kid from Hell's Kitchen who idolizes small-time gangster Frank Wilson (Humphrey Bogart). John is troubled because it has always been himself and his sister alone against the world, and now big sister is seriously dating cop Fred Burke (Harvey Stephens). John feels replaced by Burke and also resents the guy trying to be a substitute big brother to him.

Frank and Johnny pull off one gas station robbery without a hitch, giving Johnny a taste for more, but the second robbery does not go so well, with Frank killing a pawn shop owner. The problem is that the gun left at the scene was stolen from Burke, is easily traced back to him, and soon Burke is sitting in the death house for a crime committed by Frank and Johnny. In the meantime, Frank and Johnny are picked up and sent to prison for a short stretch (3 years) for their first robbery. In spite of his rough exterior Johnny really has a conscience, and it's working on overdrive with Burke sitting in the same prison as Johnny, except Burke is awaiting execution, not parole. Time is counting down to both Burke's execution and the end of Johnny's sanity. Frank has no problem having someone else fry for his crime, but he can see Johnny is cracking up and he has to come up with some way to keep the kid quiet.

Henry Travers has a supporting yet significant part as the prison librarian - Pop - in a role that seems to be a warm-up for playing Clarence in "It's a Wonderful Life". He plays probably the only true father figure Johnny has ever had. Eddie Rochester Anderson of Jack Benny Show fame lightens the film just a bit as an inmate who comes to the library each day just to read cookbooks aloud.

As for Bogart, he's at his nastiest here without a shred of humanity. As Pop says, "He's the kind of guy who's so crooked if he tried to go straight he'd crack".

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