Angels With Dirty Faces | Chicago Reader

Angels With Dirty Faces

97 minutes 2013

The classic late-30s environmentalist crime film, this 1938 feature stars James Cagney and Pat O'Brien as two boyhood pals from the slums who grow up, one as a gangster (Cagney) and the other as a priest (O'Brien), and meet their respective rewards on the old turf. Though it meanders a bit in its exposition, Michael Curtiz's film is strikingly directed and photographed and captures the mood of Warner Brothers at its most naturalistic. A period piece, less significant than sincere. With Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, and the Dead End Kids.

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