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Mobster "Baby Face" Martin (Humphrey Bogart) returns home to visit to the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother (Marjorie Main), who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey (Claire Trevor), now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with Dave (Joel McCrea), a childhood friend struggling to make it as an architect, and the Dead End Kids, a gang of young boys roaming the streets of the city's East Side slums.

Cast & Crew

Sylvia Sidney
Drina Gordon
Humphrey Bogart
Hugh "Baby Face", "Marty" Martin
Joel McCrea
Dave Connell
Wendy Barrie
Kay Burton
Marjorie Main
Mrs. Martin
Billy Halop
Tommy Gordon
Minor Watson
Mr. Griswald
James Burke
Policeman Mulligan
Sidney Kingsley
Writer (Story)
Lillian Hellman
Screenwriter
Merritt Hulburd
Assistant Producer
Alfred Newman
Original Music
Gregg Toland
Cinematographer
Richard Day
Art Direction
Julia Heron
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Critic Reviews for Dead End

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  • Mar 01, 2010
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2009
    Very enjoyable film about the Lower East Side in the 30's.The rich are starting to move into the slums in high rise apartments,and a change is staring to take place.The film is about Bogie,a wanted Gangster, going back to his old neighborhood to see is Mom and a old girlfriend.Bogart has had surgery and no one recognizes him except for a old childhood friend(McCrea) who don't see eye to eye. The movie is also about The Dead End Kids, a gang of toughs who keep getting into trouble,but their ways are becoming out of date. Everyone is great in this and the subject matter is harsh and very adult oriented. This is based on a stage play and it must have been great to see back in the day.The only problem I had was I wanted a more McCrea and Bogie and a little less Dead End Kids. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this and it goes to show you what a great actor Bogart was.The scene between him and Claire Trevor(his old squeeze) and Marjorie Main (his mother) is extremely powerful and really holds up. William Wyler in the 30's couldn't be stopped and this is another great one from him.
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  • Jun 30, 2008
    Nice bit of New York life from the 30's. Bogart gives a powerhouse performance, and the kids do good work.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2008
    Dated but excellently acted drama.
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