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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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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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Nice Warner/Bogart Flick 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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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:
Toad:I like this book. Ain't got no pictures in it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Invisible Stripes (1939)See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Nice Warner/Bogart Flick, 22 January 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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.

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