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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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Warner Bros gangster film See more (11 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' 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


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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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:
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 »
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:
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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Warner Bros gangster film, 23 December 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"You Can't Get Away with Murder" is a 1939 film starring Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Billy Halop, Henry Travers, John Litel, and Harvey Stephens. Bogart is still on his way up the star ladder - in his case, it was a long climb to 1941's "High Sierra" with lots of supporting parts, mostly as gangsters. Here he's the star, but this isn't a big film.

It is, however, a tense one with good performances. Bogart plays the meaner than dirt Frank Wilson, a criminal who takes advantage of the young, trusting Johnny Stone (Halop), a basically good kid being raised by his sister Madge. She becomes engaged to Fred, a cop who is being transferred to a better job in Boston. He plans on marrying Madge and bringing Johnny with them to Boston, where he's lined up work for him. But when a botched robbery leads to Frank committing murder, he frames Fred for it. Fred winds up on death row while Johnny and Frank serve sentences for another crime. Frank is afraid Johnny will rat him out in order to save Fred.

Bogart does a great job as Frank - he's easy to hate. Billy Halop for me was a bit overdone as Johnny, but he really kept you guessing as to what he would do. Halop was one of the Dead End Kids who sought a career on his own. He was mainly in B movies and finally in small parts, eventually seguing into television. He also worked as a salesman and, at the end of his life, a male nurse. Beset with marital, alcohol, and financial problems, he died at the age of 56.

It's impressive to look at Bogart's pre-stardom career and see how long it took him to break away from the pack - 11 years and 42 films. Well, he was certainly waiting for.

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