Dust Be My Destiny (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dust Be My Destiny (1939)




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John Garfield once more plays a social outcast who's had nothing but lousy breaks. Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Garfield is promptly arrested as a vagrant and sent to a work farm. He falls in love with Priscilla Lane, stepdaughter of the farm's no-good foreman. Garfield marries Priscilla, but his happiness is short-lived when the foreman drunkenly goads him into a fight. Arrested again for killing the foreman, Garfield is defended by a compassionate attorney (Moroni Olsen), whose summation to the jury places the blame for Garfield's plight squarely on the shoulders of Society.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Robert Rossen
Warner Bros.


John Garfield
as Joe Bell
Alan Hale
as Mike Leonard
Frank McHugh
as Caruthers
John Litel
as Prosecutor
Moroni Olsen
as Defense Attorney Sli...
Victor Kilian
as Doc Saunders
Frank Jaquet
as Abe Connors
Ferike Boros
as Delicatessen Proprei...
Ward Bond
as Drifter
John Hamilton
as Prison Warden
Anthony Warde
as Robber Hiding on Tra...
Tom Wilson
as Head Workhouse Guard
Weldon Heyburn
as Train Station Clerk
Gary Owen
as Milkman
George Guhl
as Policeman on Street
Eddie Kane
as Theatre Manager
Chester Clute
as Tuxedo Owner
Ethan Laidlaw
as Policeman in Montage
Frank Marlowe
as Second Loudmouth in ...
Charles Halton
as Pawnbroker
Wade Boteler
as Police Official at H...
Frank Coghlan Jr.
as Newsboy on Street
DeWolf Hopper
as News Photographer at...
George O'Hanlon
as Man-On-Street by Ban...
Cliff Clark
as Police Detective
Eddy Chandler
as Police Detective
Jack Mower
as Railroad Detective
Edgar Dearing
as Railroad Detective
Sidney Bracey
as Diner Customer
Creighton Hale
as Diner Customer
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The trite script greatly benefits from the star power of John Garfield, who plays the perfect role for him--an alienated, wise guy drifter.

Full Review… | March 30, 2014
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Garfield and Priscilla Lane always made a good team and this is one of their best pictures. Being a Warners film the subject of a young couple in love and on the run is given the gritty treatment that suits the story and the pair do very well in conveying the hardships faced. As with most of the studios film at the time it looks at the problem through the lens of current events and society's ills.

jay nixon

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john Garfield, one of the first "me against the world" method type actors , was forerunner to brando, dean, etc...to enjoy watching Garfield, you will enjoy this vehicle, which was a typical early Garfield film...good guy wwrong place at wrong time..world is against him in all situations..in this one he's a wanderer looking for a break and gets mixed up bad people..sent away he gets into altercation w/Priscilla lanes dad..now he's fleeing again...this typical formula Garfield film does work well..the supporting characters help the film move along..if you like Garfield as I do you will enjoy this film.

richard frank

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