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  • Actors: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor
  • Directors: William Wyler
  • Writers: Lillian Hellman, Sidney Kingsley
  • Producers: Merritt Hulburd, Samuel Goldwyn
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • Release Date: March 8 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006TPDZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,889 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Warner Home Video's DVD of Dead End (1937) runs just short of 92 minutes, which is only a minute short of the length listed on the IMDb. Whether anything was cut, I cannot tell, but there is no place where one senses anything missing.

The sound is clear, and the image is clear -- which is important because the photography and set design are so beautiful that you would lose a lot with a fuzzy or otherwise poor picture. Apparently the movie was shot in the studio, not on the streets of New York, but it is hard to believe, it looks so gritty and real.

There are no special features other than the theatrical trailer. But this film would be worth it even with no special features. And it's currently available at a bargain price from Amazon.ca and from affiliated merchants.

Many people believe that Hollywood movies of the 30s and 40s exhibited a naivete about the world, and that really gritty, realistic fare only emerged in the 50s and 60s (On the Waterfront, The Pawnbroker, etc.). This is false; many of the films of the 30s and 40s conveyed the grim side of the world. They did not employ the coarse language, the extreme graphic violence, and shots of sexual acts, but they could paint a very effective picture of war, poverty, crime, youthful gangs, prostitution, and all the other evils of the big city. None of the antiwar films of the 1970s or 1980s are any more instructive than All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) or The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) about the evils of war; they're just louder about them. And none of the more "realistic" crime films of modern times, for all their heightened emotion with their massive Dolby sound, capture the essential problems of urban life any more effectively than Dead End.
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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8 2007
Format: DVD
Nominated for four academy awards(winning none)this picture adapted from the Broadway play of the same name by Lillian Hellman literally grabs you by the collar and pulls you into its' world almost from the opening scene.

And this film is about TWO worlds,the rich who have built and occupied an apartment building right beside the East river and the slums who are right beside and below it.

And these are indeed seedy,crammed and bug infested slums.There are very few warts not shown.

The film opens as a garbage scow(a "gar-barge" in the vernacular) tows its' goodies on down the river and the residents brings theirs out to be picked up.The film revolves around the future Bowery Boys straight from the Broadway play to the screen.They hang around the street where a sign stands soberly over their "playground" which reads "Dead End".A metaphor to be sure and a strong one.

We are taken through the lives of many of the individuals who come into this melee and in the end come to the sobering conclusion that no matter what these people try to do

their lives will inevitably go nowhere.The gang will always be just a "gang",with the new generation waiting enviously to take

their place.A gangster who endures plastic surgery to go unnoticed has returned and ends up never leaving again.A man who went to college and trained as an architect is scraping by on odd jobs.The girl who loves him spends her existence trying to eake out a living while at the same time trying to keep her errant younger brother(part of the local gang) out of trouble with the cops.

Through all of this the rich that live for all intents and purposes WITH them live in a totally different and exclusionary world.
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In the film Dead End, the murky waters of Manhattan's East River served as an appropriate backdrop for the squalor that manifested itself within the conefines of tenament housing. City streets that offered little hope for the jobless, poor, and oppressed were truely "dead ends". Written by Lillian Hellman and directed by William Wyler, Dead End exposed the stark social and economic divisions between the affluent and the underpriveledged. Logistically, the film was easily adapted from Sidney Kingsley's stage play, as most of the scenes are shot within the shadows of Manhattan's East 53rd street highrises. Dead End is essentially about people and their relationship with the neighborhood that spawned them. Gangster Baby Face Martin ( Humphrey Bogart) returns to his old block seeking glorified acceptance from his mother, only to be rudely rebuffed. Plastic surgery may conceal Martin's outward identity, but his crimminal persona is clearly defined through his street wise and violent attitude towards survival. At first Martin basks in the limelight; preening with sharp suit, hat, and polished shoes. As if to make a social statement exclaiming the virtues and rewards of crime, Martin becomes an icon for a teenage street gang (The Dead End Kids). When Martin is shocked by his mother's repulsive behavior, he seeks out his old flame (Clair Trevor). When she reveals that she is now a prostitute, Martin once again becomes tormented that his homecoming is a lonely one. Sylvia Sydney plays Drina, a young unemployed woman struggling to forge an identity of her own while raising her teenage brother.Read more ›
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