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Angels With Dirty Faces
Angels With Dirty Faces (DVD)
Member Name: Karonher
Angels With Dirty Faces (DVD)
Advantages: A decent ending
Disadvantages: I still don't see the attraction of gangsters
Normally I would rather watch paint dry than watch a gangster movie but as there was nothing I had not seen in the DVD pile it was this or a Western. I don't think I could be that bored ever that I would choose the Western!
A good thing was when I read the cast and I had at least heard of the stars- James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan so it must have something going for it to draw such big names.
The Story-or part of it.
Childhood friends go their separate ways after a robbery goes wrong. After saving Jerry's (Pat O Brien) life, Rocky (James Cagney) is captured and goes to prison and Jerry turns his life around to become a priest. On his release Rocky carries on a life of crime and ends up with a reputation as a gangster.
Jerry has dedicated himself to keeping boys out of criminal activity but Rockys' return risks ruining that as he soon becomes a hero to them. He gets deeper and deeper into crime and as a result finds that he is causing conflict for his former friend and still feels the need to protect him.
I like the way the two men still remember how close they were as boys and despite their very different lifestyles now still have a degree of loyalty. I was also surprised to see Humphrey Bogart playing a baddie - although that may be more to do with me knowing little about gangster films than the facts.
Saying any more about the ending will be giving too much away but as far as I am concerned it is an ideal ending. I can't say that this is a film I will praise to much as I found Humphrey Bogart quite hard to understand and some of the young boys acting was not that good - I have never heard of any of them so it seems they did not go onto have great careers.
The thing that saved it for me was the shock ending. How likely it is that such a case would end that way I don't know but it was a twist for me.
Here is the full cast - you may know the ones I don't.
James Cagney as Rocky Sullivan
Pat O'Brien as Fr. Jerry Connolly
Humphrey Bogart as Jim Frazier
Ann Sheridan as Laury Martin
George Bancroft as Mac Keefer
Billy Halop as Soapy
Bobby Jordan as Swing
Leo Gorcey as Bim
Gabriel Dell as Pasty
Huntz Hall as Crab
Bernard Punsly as Hunky
Joe Downing as Steve
Edward Pawley as Edwards, guard
Adrian Morris as Blackie
Frankie Burke as William "Rocky" Sullivan, as a boy
William Tracy as Jerome "Jerry" Connelly, as a boy
Marilyn Knowlden as Laury Martin, as a child
Release date was November 24, 1938 and the running time is 97 minutes.
The Director is Michael Curtiz and it is produced by Samuel Bischoff
A nice enough story that was a bit better than I was expecting but not good enough to make me watch again.
As I result I think 3 stars is fair.
Summary: Glad I watched it but wont watch it again