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.
The saga of America's dirty faced kids... And the breaks that life won't give them!
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Did You Know?
's other inspiration for Rocky was his childhood friend, Peter "Bootah" Hessling, who was convicted of murder and "sent to the electric chair" on July 21, 1927. The night Bootah was executed, Cagney was playing in a Broadway show and wept upon hearing of his friend's death. 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
The version that opened in Chicago cut Cagney and O'Brien's scene before the execution, so that audiences were left with the impression that Rocky had turned yellow at his execution. The version shown in Australia and New Zealand went even further, cutting the breakdown scene and the Dead End kid's reaction to it. See more
Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion
From Me to You
Written by Fabian Andre
, Wayne King
and Nat Conney
Played from when Bim sinks the 3-ball in the corner to the end of the pool room scene See more