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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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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 »

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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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Trivia

Warner Bros. Studios began to tire of the boys' antics during production of "Angels Wash Their Faces." Among their pranks: throwing a lit firecracker in Humphrey Bogart's dressing room, painting obscene murals on the office walls, and setting off fire sprinklers in the wardrobe department. The studio hired a former football player, Russ Saunders, in hopes of taming their unruly sextet. He ultimately had to use a fire hose on them. Ultimately the studio became fed up and dropped their contract. See more »

Quotes

Pat Remson: Where does Shuffle hang out?
Huntz: He hangs out with Kroner and Kroner's always in the bowling alley.
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Followed by Call a Messenger (1939) See more »

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In a Moment of Weakness
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the radio when Pat and Joy are talking
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Has it's moments
18 July 2004 | by flynn1909See all my reviews

Angels Wash Their Faces, is basically a sequel to the 1938 hit Angels with Dirty Faces. The film is rather enjoying during the scenes with the "muggs" the Dead End Kids. They're a rather rambunctious group. What I don't like about the film is the drama that occurs between one of the group members death. It takes away from the comedy and it becomes a bit to serious for a film that was generally aimed at teens of the late 1930's. Ann Sheridan returns from Dirty Faces in a small and pointless role. She plays the role straight faced, and definitely from the looks of her is itchy to dig into a more serious role. Ronald Reagan also stars as another card board character. The films main stars are the "dead end kids", their the ones with the great lines and their the ones who shine throughout the picture. The adult characters of the film are left in the background, with not much to do. Still check it out if your a fan of the "dead end kids". ** out of ****


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