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Dust Be My Destiny

Overview

John Garfield once more plays a social outcast who's had nothing but lousy breaks. Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Garfield is promptly arrested as a vagrant and sent to a work farm. He falls in love with Priscilla Lane, stepdaughter of the farm's no-good foreman. Garfield marries Priscilla, but his happiness is short-lived when the foreman drunkenly goads him into a fight. Arrested again for killing the foreman, Garfield is defended by a compassionate attorney Moroni Olsen, whose summation to ...
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Overview

John Garfield once more plays a social outcast who's had nothing but lousy breaks. Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Garfield is promptly arrested as a vagrant and sent to a work farm. He falls in love with Priscilla Lane, stepdaughter of the farm's no-good foreman. Garfield marries Priscilla, but his happiness is short-lived when the foreman drunkenly goads him into a fight. Arrested again for killing the foreman, Garfield is defended by a compassionate attorney Moroni Olsen, whose summation to the jury places the blame for Garfield's plight squarely on the shoulders of Society.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Dust Be My Destiny is a rather routine melodrama, the kind of thing that Warner Brothers was starting to put out on a regular basis to exploit tough-but-tender-guy John Garfield. It turns out that Garfield was already tired of this kind of thing, leading to friction and suspensions, but you can't tell the actor is dissatisfied from his performance in Dust. Tense, ready to spring, sporting a king size chip on his shoulder, Garfield breathes life into the clich├ęd character that Robert Rossen has written for him in Dust. He's a man who is getting beaten down by life but still wants to believe that he can HAVE a life, and Garfield makes us feel for him and believe in him from the minute he hits the screen. Priscilla Lane can't work such wonders with her part, but she does look nice and she and Garfield certainly work well together. Also a huge asset is the supporting cast, with character actors like Alan Hale and Charlie Grapewin turning in very valuable assistance, and Moroni Olsen handling the courtroom theatrics with a dramatic sincerity. Dust is no great shakes, but the cast and the "feel good" ending will carry it far with most viewers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2014
  • UPC: 888574011697
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,861

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Garfield Joe Bell
Priscilla Lane Mabel
Alan Hale Mike Leonard
Frank McHugh Caruthers
Billy Halop Hank
Bobby Jordan Jimmy
Charles Grapewin Pop
Henry Armetta Nick
Stanley Ridges Charlie
John Litel Proscecutor
Moroni Olsen Defense attorney
Frank Jaquet Ab Connors
Ferike Boros Delicatessen Proprietor
Marc Lawrence Venetti
Arthur Aylesworth Magistrate
George Irving Judge
Victor Kilian Doc Saunders
John Hamilton Warden
Ward Bond Thug
Charles Halton Pawnshop owner
Cliff Clark
William B. Davidson Warden
Technical Credits
Lewis Seiler Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Edelman Producer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Byron Haskin Special Effects
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
William Kissell Asst. Director
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Low Editor
Hugh Reticker Jr. Art Director
Robert Rossen Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup
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