Dead End Overview:

Dead End (1937) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn and Merritt Hulburd.

SYNOPSIS

Prototypical social-problem drama about a Manhattan slum in the 1930s. Hellman's engaging script, based on Sidney Kingsley's hit play, finds the neighborhood's residents struggling to get by, some choosing hard work, some taking the easier route of crime. When gangster Bogart starts to hang around his old haunts, he comes an unwelcome influence on the street kids. Those kids became known as the Dead End Kids and, later, the Bowery Boys.

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Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressClaire TrevorNominated
Best Art DirectionRichard DayNominated
Best CinematographyGregg TolandNominated
Best PictureSamuel Goldwyn ProductionsNominated
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Dead End Drive-In

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Dead End Drive-in: "It's not so bad in here"

By Rick29 on Feb 13, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The Star Drive-in is a dead end! Prior to today, it had been almost 30 years since I last saw Dead End Drive-in, an Australian exploitation film made in the wake of the original Max Max trilogy. To my delight, my wife gave me a DVD of the film as a present (one more reason why she's awesome). Still... Read full article


Dead End Drive-in: "It's not so bad in here"

By Rick29 on Feb 13, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The Star Drive-in is a dead end! Prior to today, it had been almost 30 years since I last saw Dead End Drive-in, an Australian exploitation film made in the wake of the original Max Max trilogy. To my delight, my wife gave me a DVD of the film as a present (one more reason why she's awesome). Still... Read full article


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Quotes from

Hunk: Maybe I'm wrong. We all make mistakes, boss. That's why they put the rubber on the ends of pencils.


[the police are looking for Tommy after he has a fight with Philip Griswald and then injures Philip's father]
Dave Connell: Don't worry, Drina. He knows his way around - he can take care of himself.
Drina Gordon: He can take care of himself too well. How can he have done such a thing? Where does he learn about knives and...
Dave Connell: He had an expert teacher.
[refers to Martin]
Dave Connell: Anyway it's not hard to learn in a place like this.
Drina Gordon: But he's not a bad kid - not really bad. He never has been.
Dave Connell: The famous 'Baby Face' Martin used to live on this block. He wasn't such a bad kid either at first. He was smart and brave and decent... at first.
Drina Gordon: Like Tommy, you mean. Ever since he was a little kid I've tried to teach him what's right. I don't know what else to do - I've tried to bring him up decent.
Dave Connell: Aw, what chance have they got against all this? They gotta fight for a place to play, fight for a little extra somethin' to eat, fight for everything. They get used to fightin'. "Enemies of society" it says in the papers... why not? What've they got to be so friendly about?


Dippy 'Dip': Well I dink an' I dink' an' I dink an' I can't rememba da numba. Den I rememba da building but I forget da floor. But den I check every room an' whoever she is she ain't dare.
Hugh 'Baby Face': Nuttin' for nuttin' kid.
Dippy 'Dip': What a fine ding to do to a kid, a fine ding, a fine ding.


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Facts about

Although she only appears for one scene that lasts a little under five minutes, Claire Trevor won an Oscar nomination for her performance as Francie, the prostitute.
Samuel Goldwyn acquired the rights to Sidney Kingsley's play for $165,000 - an exorbitant amount of money at the time. The play had been a huge success on Broadway (which is why it commanded such a big fee) and Goldwyn purchased it with the intention of filming it largely uncut, knowing that he would have many run-ins with the Hays Office over the content.
Humphrey Bogart got the role of "Baby Face" Martin after George Raft declined it.
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