Warner Bros. Pictures presents "ANGEL WITH DIRTY FACES" (1938) (95 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan & Leo Gorcey
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Childhood chums Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney) and Jerry Connelly (Pat O'Brien) grow up on opposite sides of the fence: Rocky matures into a prominent gangster, while Jerry becomes a priest, tending to the needs of his old tenement neighborhood. Rocky becomes a hero to a gang of teenaged boys (played by Dead End Kids Billy Halop, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bobby Jordan and Bernard Punsley). Father Jerry despairs at this, asking Rocky leave them alone so he can keep the kids on the straight and narrow. Then Rocky's crooked business associates Mac Keefer (George Bancroft) and James Frazier (Humphrey Bogart) attempt to end Father Jerry's radio campaign against the rackets by killing the priest. Rocky whose cynical outlook on life has been softened by his romance with true-blue Laury Ferguson (Anne Sheridan) decides its time to challenge his associates and safe-guard Jerry.
Oscar Nominations for Best Actor (Cagney), Best Director (Michael Curtiz) & Best Writing
Humphrey Bogart meets The Dead End Kids again, after a similar tough-guy role opposed to the boys in "Dead End" (1937)
BIOS: 1. Michael Curtiz [aka: Manó Kertész Kaminer] [Director] Date of Birth: 24 December 1886 - Budapest, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary) Date of Death: 10 April 1962 - Hollywood, California
2. James Cagney [aka: James Francis Cagney] Date of Birth: 17 July 1899 - New York City, New York Date of Death: 30 March 1986 - Stanfordville, New York
3. Pat O'Brien Date of Birth: 11 November 1899 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Date of Death: 15 October 1983 - Santa Monica, California
4. Humphrey Bogart Date of Birth: 25 December 1899 - New York City, New York Date of Death: 14 January 1957 - Los Angeles, California
5. Ann Sheridan Date of Birth: 21 February 1915 - Denton, Texas Date of Death: 21 January 1967 - Los Angeles, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings: Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars Performance: 5 Stars Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 95 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (01/25/2005)
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