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You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)

Youthful tough Johnny Stone has fallen under the influence of petty crook Frank Wilson, who involves him and robbery and murder using his sister's boyfriend's stolen gun.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Robert Buckner (screen play), Don Ryan (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Frank Wilson
Gale Page ... Madge Stone
Billy Halop ... Johnnie Stone
John Litel ... Attorney Carey
Henry Travers ... Pop
Harvey Stephens ... Fred Burke
Harold Huber ... Scappa
Joe Sawyer ... Red
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Smitty
George E. Stone ... Toad
Joe King ... Principal Keeper (as Joseph King)
Joseph Crehan ... Warden
John Ridgely ... Gas Station Attendant
Herbert Rawlinson ... District Attorney
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Storyline

Johnnie learns crime from petty thug Frank Wilson. When Wilson kills a pawnbroker with a gun stolen from Johnnie's sister Madge's fiance Fred Burke, Fred goes to Sing Sing's death house. Wilson uses all the pressure can to keep Johnnie silent, even after he and Johnnie themselves wind up in the big house. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A dramatic bombshell !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chalked Out See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Invisible Stripes (1939) Humphrey Bogart and Lee Patrick are seen leaving a theater showing "You Can't Get Away With Murder". See more »

Goofs

When Frank returns to his apartment after the pawn shop robbery, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is briefly visible on the door frame above his head. See more »

Quotes

Sam: [after shining his shoes] There you are, Pop. There's one you can see your face in.
Pop, Sing Sing Librarian: What I want is one I can see YOUR face in.
[Sam laughs]
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Connections

Referenced in Invisible Stripes (1939) See more »

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Bogie still searching for that image, O.K. road to travel.
17 April 2002 | by brliqqSee all my reviews

Before superstardom Humphrey Bogart took many of these "mugg" parts before exploding on the scene in "High Sierra". In this film Bogart plays a small time hood named Frank Wilson whom is followed by Johnny {aka Leader of the Dead End Kids featured in other early Bogart movies}. Johnny is a teenager heading down the wrong path and gets into big trouble when Frank murders someone at a botched heist job. The real trouble for Johnny is that Frank frames the murder on someone near and dear to Johnny. The two hoods end up in prison after accepting charges on another crime to beat the murder rap. While at Sing Sing prison the guilt starts to get to Johnny and Frank doesn't like it. Will Bogie get away with murder? Not a classic movie by any stretch, but worth checking out, especially Bogart fans.


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