They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

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Title: They Made Me a Criminal [IMDb]

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Release date: January 28, 1939
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 92 minutes
IMDB genres: crime, drama, film-noir, sport
BYU holdings: https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/record/lee.6771804

Synopsis [hide]

A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Plot keywords (from IMDb): accidental death, arizona, automobile accident, based on novel, based on play, boxing, brother sister relationship, champion, cynic, dead end kids, deception, detective, drunkenness, false accusation, fistfight, frame up, gas station, juvenile delinquent, lawyer, manslaughter, mistaken identity, new york city, orchestral music score, photograph, poker game, police, priest, regeneration, reporter, self sacrifice, swimming, water tank, wristwatch, ranch

Cast and Crew

John GarfieldJohnnie
Leo GorceySpit
Huntz HallDippy
Gabriel DellT.B.
Bernard PunslyMilt
Claude RainsDetective Phelan
Ann SheridanGoldie
May RobsonGrandma
Gloria DicksonPeggy
Billy HalopTommy
Bobby JordanAngel
Robert GlecklerDoc Wood

Busby Berkeley: director

Max Steiner: composer

Leo F. Forbstein: musical director

Hugo Friedhofer: orchestrator

Film Statistics

Film duration: 1:31:39
Music duration: 00:36:00
Pages in score: 78
Total themes: 29
Themes with variants: 3
Total variants: 27
Total gestures: 7
Total underscoring sections: 10
Total underscoring duration: 00:02:50
Total instances: 73


Name Uses Variants
The Fugitive 17 16
On the Make 9 8
Peggy 4 3
Date picking 1 0
Inspiration 1 0
Lying 1 0
Marche Funebre 1 0
Marcia Grotesque 1 0
Reading 1 0
Signature 1 0
The Arena 1 0
The Awakening 1 0
The Bicycle 1 0
The Ladder 1 0
The Printing Press 1 0
The Street 1 0
Train 1 0
Transition 1 0
Traveling 1 0

Other films borrowed from:

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)

Crime School (1938)

Source Music

Name Uses
By a Waterfall 1
Cowboy From Brooklyn 1
M-O-T-H-E-R 1
Saving Myself For You (I've Been) 1
So Help Me (If I Don't Love You) 1
Spirit of Independence 1
The Whip 1
They Say 1
When a Prince of a Fella Meets a Cinderella 1
World's Record 1


Drops money
Jumps off train
Jumps out of window
Ladder falls
Steps on money
Throws date