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Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner and Samuel Bischoff.

Academy Awards 1938 --- Ceremony Number 11 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJames CagneyNominated
Best DirectorMichael CurtizNominated
Best WritingRowland BrownNominated
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Anjos de Cara Suja (1938) / Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

By L? on Jan 12, 2019 From Critica Retro

Anjos de Cara Suja (1938) / Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) N?s come?amos a moldar nosso futuro ainda na juventude. Os amigos Jerry e Rocky aprendem essa li??o do jeito mais dif?cil. Depois de roubarem canetas da carga de um trem, apenas Rocky ? pego, e ele pede que Jerry fique calado e simp... Read full article


DOUBLE BILL #12: The Public Enemy (1931) and Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

By Carol Martinheira on Mar 9, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #12: The Public Enemy (1931) and Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) On March 9, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized James Cagney once said about acting, ?Learn your lines, find your mark, look ?em in the eye and tell ?em the truth.? And he did. That was the thing abo... Read full article


Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 31, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Whaddya hear, whaddya say ~ Jimmy Cagney as Rocky Sullivan If he hadn’t been on the stage and screen, it’s easy to get the sense that James Cagney, born and bred on the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan could have easily been a gangster. And it’s true that in films like P... Read full article


Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 31, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Whaddya hear, whaddya say ~ Jimmy Cagney as Rocky Sullivan If he hadn’t been on the stage and screen, it’s easy to get the sense that James Cagney, born and bred on the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan could have easily been a gangster. And it’s true that in films like P... Read full article


James Cagney and Pat O'Brien in Angels with Dirty Faces

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 19, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the friendship of Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney) and Jerry Conolly (Pat O'Brien) in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), This article is part of the You Gotta Have Friends Blogathon hosted by Moon in Gemini. A gentle reminder that this article contains spoilers for a 78-year... Read full article


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James Frazier: [to Mac] Sullivan picked me up at my home. He's got everything that was in my safe: Account books, receipts, names, addresses, bank books, everything. If he's prosecuted for this kidnapping hell talk. And he's got evidence to back it up. He'll tear this whole town wide open.


[repeated lines]
Rocky Sullivan: Whadda ya hear! Whadda ya say!


Soapy: [reading from the newspaper] "At the fatal stroke of eleven p.m. Rocky was led through the little green door of death. No sooner had he entered the death chamber, than he tore himself from the guard's grasp, flung himself on the floor, screaming for mercy. And as they dragged him to the electric chair, he clawed wildly at the floor with agonised shrieks. In contrast to his former heroics, Rocky Sullivan died a coward".


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Some segments of this movie were remade and modified for the feature film Home Alone and its sequel. In the two movies, Kevin watches them as "Angels with Filthy Souls" and "Angels with Even Filthier Souls".
To play Rocky, James Cagney drew on his memories of growing up in New York's Yorkville, a tough ethnic neighborhood on the upper east side, just south of Spanish Harlem.. His main inspiration was a drug-addicted pimp who stood on a street corner all day hitching his trousers, twitching his neck, and repeating, "Whadda ya hear! Whadda ya say!" Those mannerisms came back to haunt Cagney. He later wrote in his autobiography, "I did those gestures maybe six times in the picture. That was over thirty years ago - and the impressionists have been doing me doing him ever since."
Because of the controversy over gangster films, the film was banned outright in Denmark, China, Poland, Finland, and parts of Canada and Switzerland.
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