Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Overlooked Movies: They Made Me A Criminal

Quick, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name "Busby Berkeley"?  Crime movies with John Garfield, right?  And that's what we have here.  And not only John Garfield, but the Dead End Kids, too, with Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall doing their thing before becoming the Bowery Boys.  

This isn't a long movie, but the plot is jam-packed with stuff.  Garfield is a champion boxer accused of a murder committed by his manager.  The manager runs of with Garfield's watch and best girl, and they're both killed in a car accident.  Because of the watch and the manager's mangled body, the cops think Garfield is dead.  He gets some really bad advice from his lawyer and goes to hide out in Arizona on a ranch, where he meets the Dead End Kids.  See, they're there because the ranch is a place where kids like them can get rehabbed.  But the ranch is going broke, so Garfield has to save the day.  Meanwhile, tough NYC cop Claude Rains (!) is hot on his trail.  Garfield is probably better known for The Postman Always Rings Twice, but this one's not bad.  Check it out.

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