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Dead End

Sylvia Sidney , Joel McCrea , William Wyler    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Yeah, she was my goile when we was kids" March 24 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful film about the life of people living in a Manhattan ghetto in the 30's. Their life is starkly juxtaposed against that of an upper class family living in a posh residence in the same neighborhood--moving there for a desirable view of the river. From their terrace, the rich folks are insulated from, and can look down upon, the poor people living in tenements.
The film has a very theatrical feel; most of the action happens right on the street in the neigborhood. The dialouge, written by Lillian Hellman, is snappy and excellent.
The kids of the Dead End are young adolescent boys on the verge of growing up. Their choices in life are constrasted by the characters of Joel McCrea and Humphrey Bogart: adults who were also once Dead End kids. McCrea, who still lives in the neigborhood, has been to college but is now is looking for work. Bogart, who is returning to the neighborhood after many years away, is the nortorious gangster, Baby-faced Martin; he has killed eight men.
The adults are facing tough choices too: McCrea is torn beween two women: Sylvia Sidney, a neighborhood friend who is trying to raise her younger brother (one of the Kids) on her own, and Wendy Barrie, a member of the rich family (her father is brother to a Judge). Sidney, when her brother gets in trouble, contemplates helping him run away. Barrie is apparently engaged but wants to go with McCrea--if a prospective job for him comes through.
Bogart has come back to the neighborhood for something...he's not sure. Perhaps he wants some stability in his life so he seeks out an former girlfriend, Clair Trevor, leading to a memorable scene:
Bogart (reminiscing): "Remember that night on the roof?
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars. Dead End?.....Dead on! May 8 2007
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bogie and The Dead End Kids June 15 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is the film that propelled the Dead End Kids (Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan et al) to stardom.
Humphrey Bogart portrays a gangster who returns to his old neighborhood only to come to grief.
The Dead End Kids portray slum kids living right next door to the luxurious apartment houses of the rich.
Sylvia Sidney and Joel McCrea are the star-crossed lovers who try to battle their way out of the slums.
Gangster melodrama at its finest!
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