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Angels With Dirty Faces Details


Childhood chums Rocky Sullivan ([[Performer~P10165~James Cagney~jamescagney]]) and Jerry Connelly ([[Performer~P53289~Pat O'Brien~patobrien]]) grow up on opposite sides of the fence: Rocky matures into a prominent gangster, while Jerry becomes a priest, tending to the needs of his old tenement neighborhood. Rocky becomes a hero to a gang of teenaged boys (played by [[Performer~P18097~Dead End Kids~deadendkids]] [[Performer~P29882~Billy Halop~billyhalop]], [[Performer~P27744~Leo Gorcey~leogorcey]], [[Performer~P29775~Huntz Hall~huntzhall]], [[Performer~P18445~Gabriel Dell~gabrieldell]], [[Performer~P36273~Bobby Jordan~bobbyjordan]] and [[Performer~P58057~Bernard Punsley~bernardpunsly]]). Father Jerry despairs at this, asking Rocky to lay off so he can keep the kids on the straight and narrow. Then Rocky's crooked business associates [[Performer~P3675~George Bancroft~georgebancroft]] and [[Performer~P7027~Humphrey Bogart~humphreybogart]] attempt to end Father Jerry's radio campaign against the rackets by killing the priest. Rocky (whose cynical outlook on life has been softened by his romance with true-blue [[Performer~P186430~Anne Sheridan~annesheridan]]) shoots them down and takes it on the lam. Arrested and convicted of murder, Rocky sits smugly on death row, fully intending to go to the chair with a smile on his face. A few moments before the execution, Father Jerry pleads with Rocky to "turn yellow" so that the tenement kids will despise his memory. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 24, 1938


Awarded by
National Board of Review James Cagney Best Acting 1938 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle James Cagney Best Actor 1938 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Cagney Best Actor 1938 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Curtiz Best Director 1938 Nominee


James Cagney
as Rocky Sullivan
Pat O'Brien
as Rev. Jerry Connolly
Humphrey Bogart
as James Frazier
Ann Sheridan
as Laury Ferguson
George Bancroft
as Mac Keefer
Billy Halop
as Soapy
Bobby Jordan
as Swing
Leo Gorcey
as Bim
Gabriel Dell
as Pasty
Huntz Hall
as Crab
Bernard Punsly
as Hunky
Edward Pawley
as Guard Edwards
Adrian Morris
as Blackie
Frankie Burke
as Rocky (as a boy)
Marilyn Knowlden
as Laury as a Girl
Charles Trowbridge
as Norton J. White, Press Editor
William Tracy
as Jerry as a Boy
Wilfred Lucas
as Police officer
John Harron
as Sharpies
Lane Chandler
as Guard
Pat O'Malley
as Railroad guard
John Hamilton
as Police Captain
Charles Wilson
as Buckley, the Police Chief
William Worthington
as Warden
Oscar O'Shea
as Guard Kennedy
Poppy Wilde
as Girl at gaming table
Ralph Sanford
as City Editor, Press
Belle Mitchell
as Mrs. Maggione
Theodore Rand
as Gunman
Vera Lewis
as Soapy's Mother
Wilbur Mack
as Croupier
William Crowell
as Whimpering Convict
William Edmunds
as Italian Storekeeper
William Pawley
as Bugs the Gunman
Harris Berger
as Basketball Captain
Harry Hayden
as Pharmacist
Jack Mower
as Detective
Jack Perrin
as Death Row Guard
James Farley
as Railroad Yard Watchman
Joe Devlin
as Gangster
John Dilson
as Chronicle Editor
Joseph Downing
as Steve
George Sorel
as Headwaiter
Elliott Sullivan
as Police Officer
Robert E. Homans
as Policeman
Steven Darrell
as Gangster
Frank Coghlan, Jr.
as Boy in Poolroom
Ben Hendricks, Jr.
as Guard
Lotta Williams
as Woman
Charles Sullivan
as Gunman
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Patrick McGee
Chuck Stubbs
as Red
David Durand
as Boy in Poolroom
Dick Rich
as Gangster
Earl Dwire
as Priest


Michael Curtiz
Sam Bischoff
John Wexley
Warren B. Duff
Sol Polito
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Owen Marks
Costume Designer
Sherry Shourds
First Assistant Director
Perc Westmore