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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is the film that propelled the Dead End Kids (Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan et al) to stardom. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by Hardyboys.us
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... Read morePublished on March 24 2002 by rballjones
This is the movie that made Billy Halop a star..He was a fine actor and its a shame his last job was a male nurse, before he died in 1976...Only 56 years old . Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2000 by Anthony Casamassima