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Dillinger (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 17 September 1945 (UK)
John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.

Director:

Max Nosseck

Writer:

Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Specs Green
Anne Jeffreys ... Helen Rogers
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Marco Minelli (as Eduardo Cianelli)
Marc Lawrence ... Doc Madison
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Kirk Otto
Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis ... Tony
Elsa Janssen ... Mrs. Otto (as Else Jannsen)
Ludwig Stössel ... Mr. Otto (as Ludwig Stossel)
Constance Worth ... Woman in Bar
Lawrence Tierney ... John Dillinger
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Storyline

The rise of John Dillinger from petty criminal (including, unforgivably, holding up a cinema) via prison and bank robbery with his new convict associates to the accolade of Public Enemy Number One. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Cold Blooded Bandit and a Hot Blooded Blonde ... who stopped at Nothing! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John Dillinger, Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$193,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

King Brothers Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of four films made by Lawrence Tierney with director Max Nosseck. There was no love lost between them, however. In a magazine interview, Tierney said that he "hated" Nosseck. The feeling, as it turned out, was mutual. See more »

Goofs

When scenes are set in Chicago, the uniformed Police are shown as wearing shield type badges on their coats. The Chicago Police and the old (now disbanded) Chicago Park District Police had Stars, rather than Shields. In those days it was a six pointed star; but ever since the mid 1950's it has been five pointed. See more »

Quotes

Helen Rogers: Who lives here?
John Dillinger: What do you care?
Helen Rogers: Well, I just like to know where I am.
John Dillinger: You're with me.
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Connections

References Barefoot Boy (1938) See more »

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Il Bacio
(uncredited)
Music by Luigi Arditi
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Dillinger (1945) ***
11 February 2006 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

Although it would have been much more appropriate as part of a subsequent Gangster DVD Collection from Warners (rather than the Film Noir in which it was included), DILLINGER is a solid B flick buoyed by a fast pace, a bevy of familiar character actors (Edmund Lowe, Eduardo Cianelli, Marc Lawrence, Elisha Cook Jr.) and a terrific turn by Lawrence Tierney in the title role. Although John Milius' 1973 remake is much more factual and despite an over-reliance on stock footage from bigger-budgeted films - like Fritz Lang's YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE (1937) - the film is also notable for an unusual narrative structure for this type of film in that the events are "told" to a theater audience by John Dillinger's father as a warning against the perils of living life on the wrong side of the tracks! This film also proved to be Monogram's most prestigious production as Philip Yordan received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay!


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