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Angels with dirty faces-An ageless classic

Updated on January 10, 2018

Rocky Sullivan comes to the scene.

The youth in jail winds up growing up and that's where James Cagney comes in as Rocky Sullivan. Time after time, Rocky manages to get in and out of jail. During that time, he manages to meet with a crooked attorney by the name of Frazier, who's portrayed by Humphrey Bogart. The two were involved in various illegal transactions but Rocky took the rap on a promise that he would get his share of the bargain. Frazier holds up the illegal cash for Rocky to make some investments and give him his part as soon as he gets out of jail.

Soon Rocky is out of jail and looks for his buddy Jerry. He finds out that his friend is a priest and has a parish. They renew their friendship and Father Jerry is always praying for his friend to mend his ways. Rocky meets up with a pair of youths, whom the good Father is trying to look after. They are known as the Dead End kids and there are some funny moments, but the Father is concerned about their association with Rocky.

The kids wind up idolizing Rocky. The father tries to talk Rocky to settle down, but he refuses to mend his ways. He, soon, catches up with the crooked attorney Frazier. He demands his part, but Frazier has a plan to double cross him with an assassination plot. When the assassination attempts fails, Rocky meets with Frazier and takes, not only his money but his records, linking corrupt high officials. Kidnapping Frazier, Rocky manages to get back into the crime syndicate and decides to call the shots.

Great Classic...

Maybe I may be a rare Breed, but I like to watch Vintage Crime drama. I, really, like the Turner Classic Channel because you see movies that dates back to the silent era. One such movie that I liked was Angels with Dirty Faces. Done by Warner brothers in 1938, this film listed the likes of James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Humphrey Bogart. I, also, liked the Dead End Kids, which at times; added some humor.

The story is about 2 youths who hang in the streets with no future. Their names are Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Conway. They wind up getting into trouble when they are spotted trying to steal something from the freight car at the railroads. They are tailed by the police and one of them gets arrested. His other buddy gets away, but feels bad, because his friend refuses to turn him in and takes the rap.

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A tearjerker at the end.

Meanwhile, the priest, concerned over the direction of the youths, launches a campaign to expose corruption in high places. A newspaper editor helps him and soon he is on the radio,exposing the rackets and crime. Frazier and the crime syndicate are uncomfortable and wants to kill the priest. Rocky, still having a religious conscience, is in sharp disagreement. What takes place is a dramatic gun battle and an ending that is a tearjerker. Take some time to see this movie. It is one that you will never forget.

This movie was one of the many episodes that the Dead End Kids filmed. Another one was Crime school, which was not as good as Angels with dirty faces, but nevertheless was decent. Humphrey Bogart returned with the boys for his third picture with them. Then the Dead End kids became the East Side Kids, the East Side kids became the Bowery boys and history was born. Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall would be remembered for their antics and funny moments as Slip and Sach. For more on the Bowery boys, check out my link below.


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    • montecristo profile imageAUTHOR

      Angel Caleb Santos 

      7 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      No, but I will check it out. Sounds like a good one. Take you for your comments.

    • Darknlovely3436 profile image


      7 years ago from NewYork

      I thought that I was the only one who love TCM something about watching a old movies, just relaxes me,

      Have you ever seen the one "White Roses for my Black sister, that is also a classic,


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