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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joy Ryan
... Billy Shafter
... Sleepy Arkelian (as Bernard Punsley)
... Leo Finnegan
... Huntz
... Luigi
... Bernie
... Pat Remson
... Peggy Finnegan
... Gabe Ryan
... Remson Sr.
... Martino
... Mayor Dooley
... Kroner
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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The Battle of City Hall  »

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Despite its title and the cast holdovers, this was not a sequel to "Angels with Dirty Faces." See more »

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Pat Remson: Hello, Kroner.
Kroner: Say, what is this? A stick-up?
Pat Remson: Oh, come now, Kroner, you know cops when you see them.
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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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28 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Angels Wash Their Faces, The (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The Dead End Kids star in this Warner crime drama, which has the boys trying to clear one of their pals of arson and murder charges. If you've seen one of these dramas then you've pretty much seen them all but this one here has a rather strange, stupid yet original twist at the end. The first half of the film is pretty boring as we sit through the typical story of a troubled kid trying to do good but getting into more trouble. Most of this is deadly dull and boring because we have seen it in previous films but then the twist takes place. In the middle of the movie one of the boys is elected Mayor and of course he appoints his pals into other positions throughout the city. This is how they go about getting their friend cleared but the screenplay is so far fetched that I couldn't help but break down laughing. All of this laughter made the second half of the film fast paced, loose and fun. The Dead End Kids are their typical self but Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan add nice support. Bonita Granville, from Warner's Nancy Drew series, also joins the boys and is an added touch. I'm not sure what it is about her but I've found her very charming and sweet in the five films of her's I've seen.


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