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They Made Me a Criminal (21-Jan-1939)

Director: Busby Berkeley

Writer: Sig Herzig

From novel: The Life of Jimmy Nolan by Bertram Millhauser and Beulah Marie Dix

Music by: Max Steiner

Keywords: Crime, Dead End Kids, Boxing

Light-heavyweight boxing champion Johnny Bradfield hides from police with the Dead End Kids after he mistakenly believes he has committed murder during a drinking bender. Interesting if sometimes implausible crime drama by Busby Berkeley, usually known for his musicals. Good performance from a young John Garfield, who saves this film from obscurity.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ward Bond
9-Apr-1903 5-Nov-1960 Wagon Train
Gabriel Dell
8-Oct-1919 3-Jul-1988 Dead End Kid
Gloria Dickson
13-Aug-1916 10-Apr-1945 They Won't Forget
John Garfield
4-Mar-1913 21-May-1952 Gentleman's Agreement
Leo Gorcey
3-Jun-1917 2-Jun-1969 Bowery Boy
Huntz Hall
15-Aug-1919 30-Jan-1999 Dead End Kids
Billy Halop
11-Feb-1920 9-Nov-1976 Dead End Kid
Louis Jean Heydt
17-Apr-1905 29-Jan-1960 American character actor
Claude Rains
10-Nov-1889 30-May-1967 The Invisible Man
May Robson
19-Apr-1858 20-Oct-1942 Lady for a Day
Ann Sheridan
21-Feb-1915 21-Jan-1967 Torrid Zone


John Garfield   ...   Johnnie
Claude Rains   ...   Det. Phelan
Ann Sheridan   ...   Goldie
May Robson   ...   Grandma
Gloria Dickson   ...   Peggy
Billy Halop   ...   Tommy
Bobby Jordan   ...   Angel
Leo Gorcey   ...   Spit
Huntz Hall   ...   Dippy
Gabriel Dell   ...   T. B.
Bernard Punsley   ...   Milt
Robert Gleckler   ...   Doc Ward
John Ridgely   ...   Magee
Barbara Pepper   ...   Budgie
William Davidson   ...   Ennis
Ward Bond   ...   Lenihan
Robert Strange   ...   Malvin
Louis Jean Heydt   ...   Smith
Frank Riggi   ...   Rutchek
Cliff Clarke   ...   Manager
Dick Wessel   ...   Collucci
Raymond Brown   ...   Sheriff
Sam Hayes   ...   Fight Announcer


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