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

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Watching 1939: They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

on Apr 8, 2021 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article

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

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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.

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This was a remake of The Life of Jimmy Dolan. To conform with the "Hayes" Production Code, first imposed in 1934, the reporter in this film is killed by the fighter's manager. In 1933, the prizefighter, Jimmy Dolan, the central character and hero, was the killer.
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.
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