Dead End (1937)

Dead End




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Movie Info

This film concerns itself with several denizens of New York's East River district. Slum girl Drina Gordon tries to prevent her younger brother Tommy from wasting his life as a member of the local street gang. Tommy idolizes Baby Face Martin, a onetime East-sider who has become a notorious gangster.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lillian Hellman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 8, 2005



as Dave Connell

as Baby Face Martin

as Kay Burton

as Francey

as Tommy Gordon

as Mrs. Martin

as Dippy

as Philip Griswold

as Mr. Griswold

as Mulligan

as Doorman

as Mrs. Connell

as Mrs. Fenner

as Governess

as Mrs. Connell

as Milty's brother

as Milty's Sister

as Kay's chauffeur

as Old man

as Tough boy

as Tough Boy

as Griswold chauffeur

as Man with Weak Voice

as Well Dressed Couple

as Well Dressed Couple

as Woman with Poodle

as Woman with coarse vo...

as Woman with Poodle

as Police Lieutenant

as Tough Boy

as Police Lieutenant
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Critic Reviews for Dead End

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Couldn't be more outdated.

Full Review… | March 18, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

William Wyler's screen version of this juvenile delinquency drama features the Dead End Kids and boasts excellent performances from Bogart as a criminal before he became star and Joel McCrea as the decent guy.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008

...worth a look, especially for fans of Bogart...

Full Review… | March 12, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Dead End

Dated but excellently acted drama.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I recently picked up a copy of Dead End from a market stall and was pleased I did.

A gangster, "Baby Face" returns to New York's Lower East Side, where he grew up. He goes to visit his mum and ex girlfriend, but they are not pleased to see him. He then gets involved in a shootout which claims his life. We also see what the Dead End Kids get up to and they course plenty of trouble. Two of the residents also fall in love with each other.

This movie gives you an idea on what life was like in this period in New York's poorer Lower East Side and the rich peoples' apartments are overlooking this slum area.

The cast includes an excellent performance from Humphrey Bogart as Baby Face and is joined by Sylvia Sydney (Sabotage), western star Joel McCrea, Claire Trevor (Key Largo, which also starred Bogie), Wendy Barrie and a brief appearance by Ward Bond.

Dead End is worth watching, a good way to spend 90 minutes one afternoon or evening.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


pretty melodramatic. supporting characters are much better than the main story here. ma kettle is one cold hearted bitch, the punk kids are fun and an extra half star for claire trevor :)

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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