Dead End

Synopsis: The Dead End Kids are introduced in their intricate East Side slum, overlooked by the apartments of the rich. Their antics, some funny, some vicious, alternate with subplots: unemployed architect Dave is torn between Drina, sweet but equally poor, and Kay, a rich man's mistress; gangster Baby Face Martin returns to his old neighborhood and finds that nobody is glad to see him. Then violent crime, both juvenile and adult, impacts the neighborhood and its people.
Director(s): William Wyler
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- She wouldn't give me no quarter.

Well, you know where

she keeps her dough, don't you?

Gimme back my three cents.

I don't wanna hang out with you.

Can it, will you, Moe?

Gimme back my three cents!

I want my money back.

Come on.

Come on, gimme back

my three cents.

- You want your three cents?

- Yeah.

Stop it!

Get away! Get away!

Stop it! Get out of here!

What are you doing,

watching life in the slums?

Is it funny?

Why didn't you stop them?

Lady, you're scaring me.

- Are you hurt?

- They took my three cents!

- Tommy!

- I ain't got it.

- You?

- Not me. Don't look at me.

- You?

- I ain't got it.

- Go on. Give it back to her, Spit.

- Yeah.

- Come on. Quick.

- Shut up.

I'll crack you.

And I'll sock you

where it won't do you so much...

No dame gonna smack me first

and get away with it.

- Give her that dough.

- What for?

Give her that dough

or I'll have to smack you.

I can do my own fighting.

I don't need your help. Come on.

Give her that dough.

Here. Come on.

You look like a nice kid.

Stay away from them.

- They're no good.

- Yes, ma'am.

It was a good fight.

Too bad it couldn't go to the finish.

Tough kids.

- You like?

- Sure, what's it mean?

He doesn't care what it means.

He saw it on Park Avenue,

so he thinks if he puts it up,

he'll get trade from our rich neighbors.

I ran up to your place last night,

but you hadn't come home.

Kay Burton and I went over to the park,

listened to music.

I wanted you to come along

and meet her.

I was late.

Very late.

Who are the choir boys?

I don't know.

That short one looks familiar.

We had a strike meeting last night.

I thought I told you.

I was telling Kay about you,

how when you was a kid

I used to come home from school

and tell you

everything I'd learned that day.

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Lillian Hellman

Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She was blacklisted after her appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52. Although she continued to work on Broadway in the 1950s, her blacklisting by the American film industry caused a drop in her income. Many praised Hellman for refusing to answer questions by HUAC, but others believed, despite her denial, that she had belonged to the Communist Party. As a playwright, Hellman had many successes on Broadway, including Watch on the Rhine, The Autumn Garden, Toys in the Attic, Another Part of the Forest, The Children's Hour and The Little Foxes. She adapted her semi-autobiographical play The Little Foxes into a screenplay, which starred Bette Davis and received an Academy Award nomination in 1942. Hellman was romantically involved with fellow writer and political activist Dashiell Hammett, author of the classic detective novels The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, who also was blacklisted for 10 years until his death in 1961. The couple never married. Hellman's accuracy was challenged after she brought a libel suit against Mary McCarthy. In 1979, on The Dick Cavett Show, McCarthy said that "every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'." During the libel suit, investigators found errors in Hellman's popular memoirs such as Pentimento. They said that the "Julia" section of Pentimento, which had been the basis for the Oscar-winning 1977 movie of the same name, was actually based on the life of Muriel Gardiner. Martha Gellhorn, one of the most prominent war correspondents of the twentieth century, as well as Ernest Hemingway's third wife, said that Hellman's remembrances of Hemingway and the Spanish Civil War were wrong. McCarthy, Gellhorn and others accused Hellman of lying about her membership in the Communist Party and being an unrepentant Stalinist. more…

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