They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
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as Johnnie Bradfield/Jack Dorney
as Det. Monty Phelan
as Grandma Rafferty
as Doc Ward
as Charlie Magee
as Inspector Ennis
as J. Douglas Williamson
as Gaspar Rutchek
as Rutchek's Manager
as Fight Announcer
as Gas Station Attendant
as Mr. Williamson
as Mrs. Williamson
as Ticket Taker
Critic Reviews for They Made Me a Criminal
Made competently enough and solidly acted so that one might forgive all the plot holes, unconvincing romance and outdated cornball antics.
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!
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.
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.
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