Friday, August 22, 2014

Angels with Dirty Faces, 1938

Directed by
Written by John Wexley and Warren Duff
Starring , , the Bowery Boys

This is a good (not great) gangster movie. I'm told it's a kind of response to The Public Enemy, which is evident from its moral/social pointedness and Pat O'Brien's tough and completely morally upright priest. That being said, it's a good story, and there are lots of good performances (and interesting to see Humphrey Bogart's supporting role as not what you think of from Casablanca or the detective movies). Cagney's a pleasure, of course. And, even if the ending comes off as a little contrived, it's still pretty interesting.

Angels with Dirty Faces at IMDB.


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