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They Made Me a Criminal

They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

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Release Date: Jan 21, 1939 Wide

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They Made Me a Criminal opens in New York, depicting the latest victory in the ring for Johnny Bradfield (John Garfield), a young boxer who seems headed for a championship. When a reporter finds Bradfield drunk and carousing with women, and learns that the squeaky-clean image that he has cultivated is a complete lie, he threatens to blow the lid off the boxer's real life, and is beaten to death by Bradfield's manager. Bradfield, who was in a drunken stupor during the fight, is framed for the

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Jul 30, 2002

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Made competently enough and solidly acted so that one might forgive all the plot holes, unconvincing romance and outdated cornball antics.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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There's nothing in this material that calls for [Busby] Berkeley's particular talents.

March 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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This is a remake of the life of Jimmy Dolan? No wonder I thought I's seen it already!
September 20, 2010
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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.
March 1, 2010
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