Johnnie is a boxer. The same evening he won the world championship, he is charged for the murder of a reporter and is taken for dead. Running away from New York, he ends up in a ranch in Arizona, run by an old lady as a work farm for delinquent teenagers. He falls in love with Peggy and became the teenagers' hero. But there is that New York Detective, Phelan, that does not believe he is dead and is chasing him... An unlikely scenario, but not a so bad film.
Sensational Human Drama!
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Did You Know?
The John Garfield
character (Johnny Bradfield/Jack Dorney) is obsessed with not being made a sucker. The word "sucker" is used 19 times in the film. See more
The newspaper reporter is killed in the boxer's room, and the boxer is passed out in the same room, but the next day the reporter is reported as being dead, so someone must have found the body - so how did they find the dead reporter but not see the sleeping boxer? He woke up the next day when the paper that mentions the dead reporter hits his door. See more
You ain't gonna let that big palooka lick ya? Are ya Johnny? Come on, quit stalling - stick out that right and sink that left. I know who you are Southpaw, you ain't foolin' me.
References Angels with Dirty Faces
M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World to Me
Music by Theodore Morse
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Partially sung a cappella by Bert Roach See more