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Back Door to Heaven (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 4 December 1939 (Sweden)
The life of a young slum kid, who starts out stealing small things in order to fit in with the "crowd", winds up in reform school, and eventually spends much of his life in prison. Upon his... See full summary »

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William K. Howard

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William K. Howard (story), John Bright (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Lydon ... Frankie Rogers
Anita Magee Anita Magee ... Carol Evans
Raymond Roe ... John Shelley
William Redfield ... Charley Smith
Kenneth LeRoy Kenneth LeRoy ... Bob Hale
David Johnson David Johnson ... Wallace Kishler
Kent Smith ... Attorney
William Harrigan ... Frankie's Father
Jane Seymour Jane Seymour ... Frankie's Mother
Aline MacMahon ... Miss Williams
Alfred Webster Alfred Webster ... Sheriff Kramer
Robert Vivian ... George Spelvin
Robert Wildhack Robert Wildhack ... Mr. Herzing
Hugh Cameron Hugh Cameron ... Warden
Wallace Ford ... Frankie Rogers
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The life of a young slum kid, who starts out stealing small things in order to fit in with the "crowd", winds up in reform school, and eventually spends much of his life in prison. Upon his release, he finds that life on the outside can be just as hard as life on the inside. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1939 (Sweden) See more »

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Frankie See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Thursday 10 July 1947 on Dumont's WABD (Channel 5); in the Los Angeles area its initial television presentation occurred Sunday 11 January 1948 on Dumont's KTLA (Channel 5); See more »

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I Need a Friend
By Pierre Norman and Nick Kenny & Charles Kenny
Musical direction by Don Juielle
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Small, budget film with a heart bigger than an epic.
2 January 2005 | by CdorothygaleSee all my reviews

A film that was created as a second-feature became a small jewel by means of an honest script and sincere performances by little-known actors. (Van Heflin appears in a very early performance.)

James Lydon appears as Frankie, a small boy living a desperate existence in a slum area, who steals a harmonica in order to fit in with his classmates. Lydon's performance is heartbreaking, and you know that his character is lost forever under the weight of despair. Then we see Frankie grown, in prison. (Wallace Ford) A parole sets the story in motion, and we see how tragic circumstances can indeed forever destroy a life. Aline MacMahon as Frankie's teacher gives her usual sterling performance. Don't miss this one.


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