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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 September 1939 (USA)
Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), Jerome Odlum (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Garfield ... Joe Bell
Priscilla Lane ... Mabel Alden
Alan Hale ... Mike Leonard
Frank McHugh ... Caruthers
Billy Halop ... Hank Glenn
Bobby Jordan ... Jimmy Glenn
Charley Grapewin ... Pop
Henry Armetta ... Nick
Stanley Ridges ... Charlie Garrett
John Litel ... Prosecutor
Moroni Olsen ... Slim Jones - Defense Attorney
Victor Kilian ... Doc Saunders
Frank Jaquet ... Abe Connors
Ferike Boros ... Delicatessen Proprietress
Marc Lawrence ... Venetti
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Storyline

Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading to the older man's death due to a weak heart. Joe and Mabel go on the run as he thinks no-one would believe a nobody like him. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruel é o Meu Destino See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original ending of the film called for Joe and Mabel to be shot to death, but the commercial failure of You Only Live Once (1937), which had a tragic ending, compelled the Warner Bros. studio heads to demand a happy ending. When writer Robert Rossen refused to write the new ending, Seton I. Miller was brought in to write it. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Mabel are caught by Charlie embracing in the barn, she removes her hand from Joe's shoulder. But, in the next shot, her hand is back on his shoulder. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

In a Moment of Weakness
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Mabel shows Joe the ring after the wedding
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Vintage Garfield in fast-moving suspense flick
8 October 2001 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

Garfield is excellent as falsely-accused Joe Bell escaping to try to prove his innocence. Priscilla Lane is excellent in a character type she repeated three years later, virtually word-for-word, in Saboteur with Robert Cummings. But, this film stands on its own merits, even without the Hitchcockian camera angles or the Statue of Liberty. It is soulful, well-scripted, and tense.

I highly recommend it.


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