Had a great style of story telling and looks beautiful, but some of the lines just make the power of the film dull out. Bogie did great, as usual. When he sees the woman he wants to marry we feel the passion and the need to have her, but the moment he finds out she is a prostitute is shattering. It was brilliantly placed right after he was disowned by his mother. The parallel storytelling with him and the kids was great. I just feel like they should have paid more attention to the emotions behind them rather than look at them so objectively. The scene where they beat up the rich kid should have been sad, but I was surprisingly unmoved. The story of the boy's sister was great, but I feel like her relationship with the architect was random. He was a great character to have to show the connection to Bogie's childhood, but I don't think they went the right way with him. The movie is shot by the same person who did Citizen Kane. The lighting is beautiful, but the camera placement is pretty unspectacular. He needed Welles to show him how to break the rules and make something fully beautiful. Overall I think that Dead End was ok, but there were definitely some things that needed to be changed to make it great.