Rousing classic with memorable Cagney twitches and the famous long walk from the cell to the chair. Two young hoods grow up on NYC's lower East Side with diverse results--one enters the priesthood and the other opts for crime and prison. Upon release from the pen, famed gangster Cagney sets up shop in the old neighborhood, where Father O'Brien tries to keep a group of young toughs (the Dead End Kids) from following in his footsteps. Bogart's his unscrupulous lawyer and Bancroft a crime boss intent on double-crossing Cagney. Reportedly they were blasting real bullets during the big shootout, no doubt helping Cagney's intensity. Adapted from a story by Rowland Brown.
Crime doesn't pay...unless you Cagney ReelVideoMan at 2009-07-31 16:48:43
Classic tale of two friends who?s destines drastically diverged only to climactically reunite. Cagney lives a life of crime while his friend O?Brien talks to the Catholic priesthood. Out from a stint in the pen Cagney comes back to his own stomping grounds to collect on some money his crooked lawyer, none other than Humphrey Bogart, saved for him in the clink. Boggie isn?t going to let go of the money that easily, but one thing leads to another and Cagney is back at his ol? game. It isn?t long before he takes a few young teens in a small time gang under his crooked wings. The only problem is that these same kids are part Father O?Brien?s youth program. Does crime or faith win out? Does Cagney change his wicked ways or go down guns blazing? Well my friends that is for you to find out and it?s a trip worth taking!