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Dead End [DVD]

Sylvia Sidney , Joel McCrea , William Wyler    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor, Wendy Barrie
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Producers: Samuel Goldwyn Jnr
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Spanish, English, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009EMOJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A New York slum overlooked by luxury apartments highlights the rich/poor divide in a film which explores the question of whether deprived backgrounds create bad guys. Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea and Humphrey Bogart star, as do The Dead End Kids who went on en-masse to star in 'Angels with Dirty Faces' (1938) before disintegrating into three distinct groups: The Little Tough Guys, The Eastside Kids and The Bowery Boys.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten classic well worth rediscovering 5 Mar 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Dead End is a classic, but one that's pretty much been forgotten these days and is rarely revived on TV, let along the reissue circuit. It's a shame, because alongside the crusading social drama it's also one of the most strikingly designed and magnificently shot films of the Thirties thanks to Greg Toland's remarkable photography and Richard Day's marvellous set. Almost every shot in the film is extraordinarily imaginative - not just beautifully composed, but also absolutely right for the scene. And in William Wyler's hands, it still works pretty well as drama despite the plethora of stereotypes. Joel McRea, the most unjustly forgotten star of the 30s, makes the best of the worst of them as the idealistic but starving would-be architect, and the Dead End Kids when they still were kids and hadn't changed their screen names a half dozen times do display the early signs of all the irritating shtick that would turn them into one of the most painful ensembles of the 40s, but Sylvia Sidney's striking worker, Claire Trevor's hooker and Bogart's disillusioned gangster make the most of their opportunities. But Marjorie Main as Bogie's mom? That's a hard sell on the best of days!

Bogart and the Dead End Kids would cross the street to the Warners lot to co-star in Angels With Dirty Faces a couple of years later, but this one beats even that Cagney classic. Sadly no extras, but the DVD transfer is quite superb. Highly recommended.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
William Wyler created something very special with this 1937 film depicting the confrontation of wealth and poverty in immediate post depression America.

The entire action takes place is a large enclosed square fronting onto the river with mansions on one side overlooking the river views, and poverty stricken run down tenements on the other.

In this broiling cauldron a gang of aimless youths fight and squabble, Hugh `baby face' (Humphrey Bogart) a notorious gangster disguised by plastic surgery looks on as he waits to reunite with his mother, the wealthy look down on the poor, Dave Connell (Joel McCrea) an architect that cannot find work paints railings, Drina Gordon (Sylvia Sydney) fights poverty and tries to keep her teenage brother out of trouble.

Nearly forgotten now the film was nominated for four Oscars and does not date even after seventy years.

Read Trevor Willsmer's excellent review and put this film on the top of your list.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a slow fuse 26 May 2009
This filmed stage play (set in one location) has a slow burning fuse. It seems little is actually happening until the story explodes in the final act. Once you start paying attention, waiting for that moment is a tense and satisfying entertainment. Good performances all round and a great-looking transfer to DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirties 'social poverty' in America, movie. 31 Mar 2011
By gigs.
A very good and brave,for its time,movie. The Dead End Kids' were naive and
at the same time precocious,wonderful! In many ways a must-see movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEADEND 16 Jan 2011
I bought this movie over xmas and this is a classic movie,I never get tierd of
Watching it, Humphrey Bogart plays a brilliant part they dont make movies like that
Anymore I give it 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star actor 13 Dec 2013
By ams
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A great forgotten actor. A film to be seen. I will be putting this film on over Christmas to remind friends and family about true movie stars.
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