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Danny inherits two houses so Pilon and his lazy, impoverished friends move in. One of them, Pirate, is saving money which Pilon hopes to steal till he learns it is being saved to buy a gold candlestick for St. Francis. When one of the houses burns down and Danny is hurt fighting, Pilon makes an effort to make life better for his friend. Written by
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A very good movie with an array of interesting characters.
This is a great movie, with strong performances from all of its stars. Spencer Tracy is great as a manipulative bum who is capable of doing some pretty low things at times, but can actually be repentant and likeable at other times. John Garfield is also good as another bum who gets a break only to be walked all over by Tracy's character. And Frank Morgan is very memorable as a mysterious hermit dog lover who Tracy tries to decipher for selfish reasons. And it's here that Hedy Lamarr proves conclusively that she wasn't reliant on glamor, as she gives a great performance as a poor Portuguese girl with slightly untidy hair, inexpensive clothing, and nominal makeup. And she looks as gorgeous as ever despite all that! This movie was the last serious effort MGM made to get Hedy Lamarr a good role in a good movie and make a bigger star of her. Unfortunately, bad timing (the U.S. having recently been forced into WWII) caused a lack of public interest in this film when it was released, and MGM rapidly lost interest in her from that point on. She went on to make only five more films for MGM, and while most of them are decent and entertaining enough, none are truly excellent. Too bad. She was wonderful!
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