Dead End

Dead End


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Dead End

Adapted by Lillian Hellman from Sidney Kingsley's Broadway play, Dead End concerns itself with several denizens of New York's East River district. Here the elite and the slum-dwellers rub shoulders due to the close proximity of the riverfront tenements with the East Side luxury hotels. Slum girl Drina Gordon (Sylvia Sidney) tries to prevent her younger brother Tommy (Billy Halop) from wasting his life as a member of the local street gang. Tommy and the other kids idolize Baby Face Martin (Humphrey Bogart), a onetime East- sider who has hit the "big time" as a notorious gangster. Dodging the cops, Martin makes a sentimental journey to the neighborhood to visit his mother (Marjorie Main) and his old girlfriend Francie (Clare Trevor). But Martin's mother coldly tells him to get lost, while Francie reveals herself to be a consumptive prostitute. Despite his depressed state, Martin is still admired by the local kids; this displeases sign painter Dave Connell (Joel McCrea), who hopes to escape the slums via his romance with wealthy Kay Burton (Wendy Barrie). Attempting to kidnap a rich boy who'd earlier been beaten up by the street kids, Martin is prevented from making the snatch by Dave, who shoots Martin down. Receiving a large reward, Dave decides to give the money to Drina so that she can afford a lawyer to defend her brother Tommy, who has wrongfully been accused of masterminding the beating of the rich kid. His outlook on life altered by this unselfish act, Dave gives up his mercenary romance with Kay Burton, choosing instead the poverty-stricken Drina. The film introduces the Dead End Kids--Billy Halop, Leo Gorcey, Gabe Dell, Huntz Hall, Bernard Punsley and Bobby Jordan--all of whom were veterans of the Broadway version of Dead End and would be metamorphosed into the East Side Kids and The Bowery Boys.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2014
UPC: 0883929405121
Original Release: 1937
Source: Hbo Home Video
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 3,085

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Sidney Drina
Joel McCrea Dave Connell
Humphrey Bogart Baby Face Martin
Wendy Barrie Kay
Claire Trevor Francie
Allen Jenkins Hunk
Marjorie Main Mrs. Martin
Billy Halop Tommy
Huntz Hall Dippy
Bobby Jordan Angel
Leo Gorcey Spit
Gabriel Dell T.B.
Bernard Punsly Milty
Charles Peck Philip Griswold
James Burke Mulligan
Ward Bond Doorman
Esther Dale Mrs. Fenner
Marcelle Corday Governess
Dead End Kids Actor
Elizabeth Risdon Mrs. Connell
Gertrude Valerie Old Lady
Larry Harris Actor
Minor Watson Mr. Griswold
George Humbert Pascagli
Earl Askam Griswold chauffeur
Don "Red" Barry Interne
Wade Boteler Cop
Al Bridge Cop
Lucille Browne Well-dressed woman
Gilbert Clayton Man with Weak Voice
Jerry Cooper Milty's brother
Bud Geary Kay's chauffeur
Wesley Giraud Tough Boy
Charles Halton Whitey
Esther Howard Woman with coarse voice
Thomas E. Jackson Police Lieutenant
Mickey Martin Tough boy
Tom Ricketts Old man
Norman Salling Boy
Frank Shields Well-dressed man
Charlotte Treadway Woman
Robert E. Homans Cop

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director
James Basevi Special Effects
Edmond F. Bernoudy Asst. Director
Richard Day Art Director
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Lillian Hellman Screenwriter
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Merritt Hulburd Producer
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Mandell Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer

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Dead End 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bought this since it was so inexpensive & i'd never seen this bogart film & it had a decent cast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is cheaply made, the artwork is printed from a normal PC printer. Terrible quality from a terrible company. Cheesy Flicks is a rip off company and you cannot return the DVD because it costs more to send it back!! Stay away from this DVD buy the offical copy of Dead End from MGM DVD
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