Classic Movie Hub (CMH)

Charlie Chaplin book Smile by Gary Golio

They Made Me a Criminal Overview:

They Made Me a Criminal (1939) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Busby Berkeley and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Benjamin Glazer.

BlogHub Articles:

They Made Me a Criminal (1939) (2)

By Wade Sheeler on Mar 10, 2014 From Pretty Clever Films

Something of a sensation in the late 30s and 40s, the Dead End kids made a string of hits at Warner Brothers. They were first seen in the 1937 Samuel Goldwyn smash, Dead End, based on the successful Broadway play. Warner Brothers, seeing a potential goldmine, scooped them up from Goldwyn and made si... Read full article

They Made Me a Criminal?(1939) (1)

By Judy on Nov 15, 2009 From Movie Classics

The title sounds reminiscent of I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang – and the posters for this John Garfield movie tried to give that impression too, oozing toughness and desperation. However, as so often in movies of the 1930s and 40s, the advertising is misleading, and this tale of a troubled ... Read full article

See all They Made Me a Criminal articles

Quotes from

Speed: She took eight gallons. That's a dollar twenty-eight.

Johnnie Bradfield, aka Jack Dorney: If you're rootin' for me, I'll go in there and bang the ears off the biggest guy in the world.

read more quotes from They Made Me a Criminal...

Facts about

The fourth of seven movies featuring The Dead End Kids. In the original film, The Life of Jimmy Dolan, the kids are played by Mickey Rooney and several cast members of the our "Our Gang" comedy shorts - a much younger crowd.
Claude Rains at first turned down the part, feeling he would be miscast and look ridiculous as a tough New York City cop. Only after being threatened by the studio with suspension did he reluctantly accept it, but he always considered this one of his least favorite pictures.
The John Garfield character (Johnny Bradfield/Jack Dorney) is obsessed with not being made a sucker. The word "sucker" is used 19 times in the film.
read more facts about They Made Me a Criminal...
Share this page:
Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)
Next Airing on TCM
They Made Me A Criminal (1939) Fri. 26 Jul. 11:45 AM EST

See Today's TCM Schedule >>
Also directed by Busby Berkeley

More about Busby Berkeley >>
Also produced by Hal B. Wallis

More about Hal B. Wallis >>
Related Lists
Create a list

See All Related Lists >>
Also released in 1939

See All 1939 films >>
More "Boxing" films

See All "Boxing" films >>