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You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 May 1939 (USA)
Youthful tough Johnnie 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 !

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chalked Out See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The author of the play "Chalked Out", upon which this film is based is Lewis E. Lawes (1883-1947) who was the warden at Sing Sing prison from 1920 to 1941. Lawes wrote two books that were also turned into the films 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) (remade as Castle on the Hudson (1940) ) and Invisible Stripes (1939). See more »

Goofs

Though Johnnie and Frank were nabbed for the gas station hold-up because of finger prints, Fred's gun apparently was never dusted for prints which would have had prints of all three. See more »

Quotes

Scappa: Aw pee yourself, Frankie! Here's one guy that's cut all his teeth.
Frank Wilson: Well how'd you like to have me shove 'em down your throat for you?
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Connections

Referenced in Invisible Stripes (1939) See more »

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A good gangster movie that deserves a DVD release
1 October 2006 | by Johnboy1221See all my reviews

I've always loved this movie a lot. I'm a Bogie fan and a Billy Halop fan, too, so this movie really interests me.

Halop should have gone on to stardom, as he had the looks and charisma to make it. I don't know what went wrong, but this film is a good indication of his growing acting ability.

It's also a step in the right direction towards breaking Halop away from his silly juvenile roles. He could easily play more sinister, dark roles, and this movie proves it.

The ending could have glossed over the Halop-Bogie clash, but didn't, and I like that.

It's a well-made little gangster film that deserves much better accolades.


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