of Rocky Sullivan, a "10-minute egg whose mind is as quick as his trigger
finger" (New York Post), is Cagney at his best.
The plot tells the familiar tale of two childhood friends leaving the slums of New
York and going their separate ways -- Rocky Sullivan, the criminal, eventually
making the ultimate sacrifice for Jerry Connelly(Pat
O'Brien), the priest. Ann Sheridan as the sympathetic girlfriend
and Humphrey Bogart as the wishy-washy lawyer co-star, as well
as the 'Dead End' Kids.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
is fast moving, with
vigorous action and crisp dialogue, and Cagney's performance is electric.
"Vivid, convincing, and provocative"
(NY Herald Tribune) "A rousing, bloody, brutal melodrama"
(Daily Mirror) "A grand melodrama and one to remember" (New
York Sun) No argument there.