Angels With Dirty Faces

Synopsis: Two boyhood friends, Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly have taken different paths in life. After Rocky is arrested he is sent to a juvenile facility and becomes a lifelong tough guy and criminal. Jerry on the other hand goes straight and becomes a Catholic priest ministering to people in the same neighborhood when he and Rocky grew up. When Rocky is released from prison he resumes his criminal lifestyle and becomes much admired by many of the local kids. Worried that the kids will follow Rocky into the criminal world, Jerry works hard to keep them on the straight and narrow. When Rocky is convicted and sentenced to the electric chair, Jerry asks him for one last favor.
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


- It's dead as a doornail around here.

- Yeah.

How about seeing a picture, Rocky?

There's one at the Academy on 14th.

- Yeah, what?

- Covered Wagon. It's new, just come out.

- You got any dough?

- No. You got any?


Oh, look. There's Rocky Sullivan.

Walk right by him like we don't see him.

Hey, Rocky, there's Laury Martin coming.

So what?

Oh, my books, they're coming loose.

Say, that ain't a bad-looking doll,

that one in the middle.

- The one with the pretzel legs.

- He means you, Laury.

- Why, the fresh...

- Don't be so smart-alecky, Rocky Sullivan.

- Go on. Beat it, pigtails.

- Trying to show off, ain't you?

- Scram, before I wipe the street with you.

- You better wipe your nose first.

- Is that so? I'll fix you.

- You better scram. You know the Rocky.

- Come on.

- Leave me alone, I can handle him.

Wait till I get down there. I'll fix you.

- I'll slap you down.

- Oh! Why, you, you...

Shut up.

Come on. Let's get out of here,

dig up some corn.

You won't get away with that, Rocky.

I'll get even someday. You just wait.

Say, maybe this winter we can

hop a freight to Florida.

They say you can go swimming there,

even in January.

Sure, we can even hop one to California

if we wanted to.

Look here, "Rubelin Coal Company,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."

It's too bad it ain't winter. We could

grab a couple bags of those coals.

"Everwrite Fountain Pen Company."

I wonder what's in there.

Come on. Let's take a look.

It's loaded full of cases.

Fountain pens. Hundreds of them.

- We can break that easy.

- We shouldn't, we don't need those pens.

- It ain't like stealing coal to keep warm.

- We can sell them.

Now, listen.

What we don't take, we ain't got.

Look around. See what you can find

to break that lock.

All right, whoever's in here,

come on out.

Come on out, I say!

- What's the trouble?

- Just a couple of kids. I heard them.

Come on out of there.

Come on, you hoodlums.

You won't get away.

- Come out, or I'll come in after you.

- Let's make a break for it, Jerry, now.

Come on, Rocky! Jump!

Hi, Snowflakes.

- Hi, Jerry.

- Hello.

What do you hear? What do you say?

Sit down.

- How they treating you, Rocky?

- Like a prince.

I get three square meals and real butter

on my bread. What a life.

- Is that a bad cut on your eye?

- Not bad. Just a few stitches.

I thought you knocked your eye out.

You coming to my trial tomorrow?

Rocky, I've been worrying about

this all last night.

- I can't let you take the whole blame.

- Pipe down, want the flapper to hear?

Now get this. You got away, didn't you?

Okay. I wanna be a sucker.

But, Rocky, maybe if they thought

I was in on it, they'd go easier on you.

In a pig's eye. Just because you can run

faster, you don't gotta eat yourself.

- But it ain't fair to you, Rocky.

- Look, so they send me up. So what?

What've I got to lose? The old man's

got troubles enough without me. Forget it.

I got caught, and you got away.

But you, Rocky. Supposing I was the one

who got caught, you wouldn't keep quiet.

- You'd make them send you up too.

- What do you think I am?

- I'd lay dead just like you're gonna do.

- You would?

Sure. Always remember, don't be a sucker.

I'm pulling every string I can.

I'm seeing the right people.

- I can get you off with about three years.

- You talk like I can do it in a handstand.

That ain't no picnic. You'll be outside

having it soft on cushions.

It's tough. I'm not gonna mark time.

I'll scout around, make connections.

- Not only for me, for both of us.

- Why should I take the fall?

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John Wexley (1907–85) was an American writer, best known for his play The Last Mile. more…

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