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Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 August 1939 (USA)
A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life. However, he gets mixed up with the local mob boss and corrupt ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Michael Fessier (screenplay), Niven Busch (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Joy Ryan
Billy Halop ... Billy Shafter
Bernard Punsly ... Sleepy Arkelian (as Bernard Punsley)
Leo Gorcey ... Leo Finnegan
Huntz Hall ... Huntz
Gabriel Dell ... Luigi
Bobby Jordan ... Bernie
Ronald Reagan ... Pat Remson
Bonita Granville ... Peggy Finnegan
Frankie Thomas ... Gabe Ryan
Henry O'Neill ... Remson Sr.
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Martino
Berton Churchill ... Mayor Dooley
Bernard Nedell ... Kroner
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Shuffle
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A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life. However, he gets mixed up with the local mob boss and corrupt politicians and soon finds himself being framed for an arson and murder he didn't commit. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Working title: "The Battle of City Hall" See more »

Goofs

The credits list Pat's father as "Remson Sr." but they have different first names. See more »

Quotes

Billy Shafter: Listen, Mr. Remson, I'm supposed to be mayor for one week. I know its all a joke and I haven't got any real power. But, why don't you give us kids a break? You grown-ups have been doing things your way and you've got everything all balled up. Well, we're going to handle this our way. Come on kids, let's organize!
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Crazy Credits

The end title slides into view over the final shot, a rare departure from the fade-out/fade-in that was normal for that era. See more »

Connections

Followed by Give Us Wings (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

A-Tisket A-Tasket
Traditional children's song
Played by an organ grinder and whistled by Jackie Searl when the boys encounter Alfred Goonplatz
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Arson in the slums
5 April 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This 1939 film tried to capitalize on the much better Michael Curtiz's film "Angels with Dirty Faces". As directed by Ray Enright, the only interesting thing is how tamed these kids were in comparison with what's going on with the youth in America's inner cities today.

The film is only worth seeing because of the presence of Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan, who showed they were well paired together. The Dead End kids have larger parts as the plot concentrates on them rather than in the older folks.

In a way it's curious how arson was used in the same way some scrupulous landlords did in later years right here in New York. It was the quickest way to turn a property around never considering the social problems it created. In today's climate with so many guns around there is a new reality. The young kids of the story seemed mere pranksters rather than criminals. How times change!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of City Hall See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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