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Dillinger (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 2 March 1945 (USA)
John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.

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The rise of John Dillinger from petty criminal (including, unforgivably, holding up a cinema) via prison and bank robbery with his new convict associates to the accolade of Public Enemy Number One. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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$193,000 (estimated)

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$4,000,000 (USA)
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Robert Mitchum lobbied for the lead role, but RKO decided that the film didn't suit their new star. See more »

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When Dillinger holds up the theater, the two film titles on the theater sign are the Monogram pictures, The Legion of Missing Men and The Unknown Guest, each of which was released years after Dillinger's death. See more »

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Helen Rogers: Who lives here?
John Dillinger: What do you care?
Helen Rogers: Well, I just like to know where I am.
John Dillinger: You're with me.
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Features Mickey's Gala Premier (1933) See more »

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Il Bacio
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Music by Luigi Arditi
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Dillinger (1945) ***
11 February 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Although it would have been much more appropriate as part of a subsequent Gangster DVD Collection from Warners (rather than the Film Noir in which it was included), DILLINGER is a solid B flick buoyed by a fast pace, a bevy of familiar character actors (Edmund Lowe, Eduardo Cianelli, Marc Lawrence, Elisha Cook Jr.) and a terrific turn by Lawrence Tierney in the title role. Although John Milius' 1973 remake is much more factual and despite an over-reliance on stock footage from bigger-budgeted films - like Fritz Lang's YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE (1937) - the film is also notable for an unusual narrative structure for this type of film in that the events are "told" to a theater audience by John Dillinger's father as a warning against the perils of living life on the wrong side of the tracks! This film also proved to be Monogram's most prestigious production as Philip Yordan received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay!


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