Cagney vs. Bogart
Gangster Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney) returns from prison to make a name for himself in the crime world. He's soon discovered by the Dead End Kids, who idolize him, and childhood pal Father Jerry Connolly (Pat O'Brien). The good Father has taken a different turn from Rocky and is struggling to bring the Kids around; while still friends with Rocky, he tries to persuade him to steer clear of the gang of urchins. Rocky runs afoul of the law, however, when he guns down his former partners Frazier (Humphrey Bogart) and Keefer (George Bancroft) after they betray him over a cut of crime-related profits. Seen as a whole, Angels with Dirty Faces may seem dated to many viewers, but its ending is still enough to bring chills. Director Michael Curtiz infused this gritty 1938 effort with an amazing amount of energy and pacing; the Dead End Kids, in their screen debut, supply a fair amount of comic relief along with their dramatic roles. It's also worth noting that at the time, the notion of a criminal being a product of his environment was a controversial one. The swaggering bantam-rooster role played by Cagney, one of the screen's greats, helped define how he would be perceived (and parodied) for years to come. This movie easily stands along with The Roaring Twenties and Little Caesar as one of the most important, archetypal gangster films of the '30s. --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
absolutely one of Cagneys' best. right up there with White Heat. ending is a real heart string puller. quality is great.Published 9 months ago by Art Mckie
Belle photographie de Sol Polito. Les ambiances lumineuses correspondent au récit du film.Published 15 months ago by MICHEL CARON
Humphrey Bogart's part is minor. ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES is a Cagney movie. Sure, it does seem dated. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004
What do you get when you mix James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Pat O'Brien and the Dead End Kids?
Just about the best gangster movie ever made! Read more
Overall a great movie except for one major complaint that I had, although I realize I'm in the minority view here. The ending is just silly. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by magellan
Two childhood friends grow up to go their different ways. Here we witness one Rocky Sullivan, a noted criminal, who comes back to his old neighbourhood and finds that he's the... Read morePublished on March 30 2002
"Angels with Dirty Faces" is one of the greatest gangster pictures of the 1930's, a decade which saw many great ones. Read morePublished on March 3 2002
James Cagney is at his best in this movie, He is unequaled as a gangster, and his portrayal of Rocky Sullivan is so believable. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2002 by Phyllis D.
During the era of Mob bosses and religious resurrection, two young boys pounce through the packed street's and lines of steaming railroad cars in the big city. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2001 by Adam Hunnicutt