It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers - they don't carry weapons and have to get local police approval ... See full summary »
Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together.
Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the state reformatory, presided over by the melodramatically callous Thompson. Soon, Patsy Gargan, a former ... See full summary »
Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't ... See full summary »
Although innocent, reporter Frank Ross is found guilty of murder and is sent to jail. While his friends at the newspaper try to find out who framed him, Frank gets hardened by prison life and his optimism turns into bitterness. He meets fellow-inmate Stacey and they decide to help each other.Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
Prison classic. Even in 1939 this must have been predictable. But James Cagney and George Raft keep this prison yarn on its feet. A top notch newspaper reporter(Cagney)is railroaded into a prison sentence on a trumped up murder charge. Even with help on the inside from a slick convict(Raft)it is just too hard to prove his innocence to the warden(George Bancroft). This busy crime drama also features: Maxie Rosenbloom, Victor Jory, Emma Dunn, Stanley Ridges and John Wray. The melodrama is a little thick and most characters are over acted, but this is still too good of a flick to pass up.
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