Angels With Dirty Faces
Facts and Figures
Run time: 97 mins
In Theaters: Saturday 26th November 1938
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production compaines: First National Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
IMDB: 8.0 / 10
Angels With Dirty Faces Review
How these three men interrelate is the main story line, while the hijinks of the kids stands as a continuous backdrop to the action. Sometimes it's fierce, but just as often it's plodding and uninspiring. The underlying social commentary -- how children can turn good or bad depending on how they are raised, a controversial idea in the 1930s -- doesn't get much of a chance to shine, which may be a problem of too many stars, too many precocious child actors, and not enough legroom for all of them to stretch.
The DVD includes countless extras, including a historical commentary, a radio play, and a Leonard Maltin-hosted collection of archival media.
Time to wash up.