Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

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Title: Angels With Dirty Faces [IMDb]

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Release date: November 26, 1938
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 97 minutes
IMDB genres: crime, drama, film-noir, thriller
BYU holdings: https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/record/lee.6768530

Synopsis [hide]

A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids.

Plot keywords (from IMDb): anti hero, basketball, betrayal, blackmail, bowery boys, boys' choir, casino, catholic, catholic priest, cellar, childhood friend, church, corrupt lawyer, crime boss, cult film, dancing, death of main character, death row, defiance, double cross, drugstore, electric chair, execution, face slap, fingerprints, gang, gangster, gunfight, gunfire, hell's kitchen manhattan new york city, irish american, irish catholic, irish gangster, irish mob, jail, juvenile delinquent, kicked in the butt, kidnapping, lower east side manhattan new york city, main character dies, manhattan new york city, mean streets, mob hit, montage, moral crusade, mugshot, murder, new york city, newspaper, newspaper headline, nightclub, nun, orchestral music score, organ grinder, organized crime, parking garage, pickpocket, police, pool hall, priest, prologue, psychotronic, psychotronic film, radio broadcasting, redemption, reform school, rooftop, roulette, roulette wheel, shootout, social worker, spinning newspaper, state penitentiary, street gang, tear gas, telephone booth, telephone box, tenement, tough guy, urban setting, villain played by lead actor, wall safe, warehouse, younger version of character, dead end kids

Cast and Crew

James CagneyRocky Sullivan
Pat O'BrienJerry Connolly
Humphrey BogartJames Frazier
Ann SheridanLaury Martin
George BancroftMac Keefer
Billy HalopSoapy
Bobby JordanSwing
Leo GorceyBim
Gabriel DellPasty
Huntz HallCrab
Bernard PunsleyHunky
Mary GordonMrs. Patrick McGee
Charles TrowbridgeNorton J. White

Michael Curtiz: director

Max Steiner: composer

Leo F. Forbstein: musical director

Hugo Friedhofer: orchestrator

Film Statistics

Film duration: 1:37:13
Music duration: 00:44:54
Pages in score: 128
Total themes: 33
Themes with variants: 7
Total variants: 27
Total gestures: 20
Total underscoring sections: 17
Total underscoring duration: 00:12:31
Total instances: 97


Name Uses Variants
Jerry 12 10
The Gangster 9 8
Rocky and Laury 4 3
Sanctus 4 3
Tear Gas 3 1
Funebre 2 1
Pleading 2 1
Bootlegging 1 0
Crowd 1 0
Flyers 1 0
Foxtrot 1 0
Headlines 1 0
Hurrying 1 0
Machine Gun 1 0
Newspaper Editor 1 0
Night Club Music 1 0
Signature 1 0
Stickup 1 0
The Cartoon 1 0
The Chase 1 0
The Cook 1 0
Transition 1 0

Other films borrowed from:

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938)

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)


Name Uses
Jerry + Tear Gas 1

Source Music

Name Uses
From Me to You 1
I've Got a Heartfelt of Music 1
In My Merry Oldsmobile 1
Monday Morning 1
Saving Myself For You (I've Been) 1
Shuffle Off to Buffalo 1
Sidewalks of New York 1
So Help Me (If I Don't Love You) 1
When a Prince of a Fella Meets a Cinderella 1
Whistling 1


Backing up
Breaking in
Car slowing down
Closes door
Crowd rushing
Frazier gets shot
Going down a ladder
Going down stairs
Going up a ladder
Going up stairs
Launching tear gas
Mac gets shot
Pushing forward
Rocky runs
Running and shooting
Running on wall
Sneaking away
Tossing money