Two boyhood friends, Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly have taken different paths in life. After Rocky is arrested he is sent to a juvenile facility and becomes a lifelong tough guy and criminal. Jerry on the other hand goes straight and becomes a Catholic priest ministering to people in the same neighborhood when he and Rocky grew up. When Rocky is released from prison he resumes his criminal lifestyle and becomes much admired by many of the local kids. Worried that the kids will follow Rocky into the criminal world, Jerry works hard to keep them on the straight and narrow. When Rocky is convicted and sentenced to the electric chair, Jerry asks him for one last favor.
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Did You Know?
's opening scene with The Dead End Kids
took place in the basement of a deserted building. By this time they had been throwing their weight around quite a bit with other directors and actors on the lot. As the scene was being shot, Leo Gorcey
jokingly ad-libbed He's psychic!", throwing the rhythm of the scene right out the window. In the next take, just before he said "Come here, suckers", Cagney stiff-armed Gorcey right above the nose. His head went back and hit the kid behind him, stunning them both momentarily. Huntz Hall
witnessed the incident and talked about it for many years afterwards. See more
As Father walks away from the gang in the pool hall, a camera shadow falls across other patrons of the hall. See more
Jerry, As a Boy
William 'Rocky' Sullivan, as a boy
It's as dead as a door nail around here.
Jerry, As a Boy
Referenced in A School Story
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
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