Saturday, May 29, 2010

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938): review- 5/10

Two childhood friends go different ways, one becoming a gangster, the other a priest. Their contrasting visions are illustrated in their interacitons with a gang of city boys.

Cagney is alluring and vicious, and the film is entertaining. But his powerful status as a major crime figure is never effectively described, and it's hard to understand why such a legendary cime figure would chose to live in a slummy boarding house, or associate with petty crooks.

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