They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

They Made Me a Criminal


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Movie Info

This remake of The Life of Jimmy Dolan is about a world-champion boxer who believes he killed another man in a drunken fight, so he flees West to lie low. A bunch of troubled kids act as a kind of psychological mirror for him as he recognizes his own problems and attempts self-redemption.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sig Herzig
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 30, 2002


as Johnnie Bradfield/Ja...

as Det. Monty Phelan

as Grandma Rafferty

as Charlie Magee

as Inspector Ennis

as Lenihan

as J. Douglas Williamso...

as Gaspar Rutchek

as Rutchek's Manager

as Collucci

as Fight Announcer

as Gas Station Attendan...

as Hendricks

as Detective

as Detective

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Mr. Williamson

as Mrs. Williamson

as Timekeeper

as Cawley

as Ticket Taker

as Ticketman
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Critic Reviews for They Made Me a Criminal

All Critics (2)

Made competently enough and solidly acted so that one might forgive all the plot holes, unconvincing romance and outdated cornball antics.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's nothing in this material that calls for [Busby] Berkeley's particular talents.

Full Review… | March 25, 2007
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Audience Reviews for They Made Me a Criminal

This is a remake of the life of Jimmy Dolan? No wonder I thought I's seen it already!

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Busby Berkeley directs this drama that features an element of crime mixed with drama and some humor. A feel good flick that holds interest. John Garfield plays a young champion prizefighter that is led to believe he murdered a reporter in a drunken brawl; so he high steps it out of town. He heads west and stops in Arizona taking refuge on a ranch run by Ann Sheridan and staffed by the Dead End Kids featuring Leo Gorcey and Billy Halop. The gang convinces the boxer on the run to enter a prizefight to win stakes for a future gasoline station. But spoiling a good thing is detective Claude Rains, who recognizes the champ and is set to take him back. A nice escape back to days gone by.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

I'm a big fan of the "M-YA SHEEE" talk and this movie had plenty to go around. John Garfield reminded me of three actors all crunched into one: Liam Neeson,Charles Bronson and Edward G Robinson, nothing to do with acting styles or anything, his face just reminded me of those guys. The dead end kids were pretty entertaining especially at the end when they were bullshitting their way into the boxing fight at the end. You know I'm not too sure if I'm pinpointing the exact movie but I couldn't help but think of Butch's character in Pulp Fiction but it's completely different that was sort of a pride fucking with you sorta story this is more wrongfully accused type stuff. Enjoyed it.

rocko perkovich

Super Reviewer

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