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Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 19 Oct 1995 14:08:53 -0600
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Tony Williams recommends:
" As we've moved into "death row" scenes why not include the 1933 boxing
movie melodrama KING FOR A NIGHT starring Chester Morris? It includes a
poignant "last mile" scene with the hero's minister father accompanying
him to the chair. However, unlike the post Hays Code ANGELS WITH DIRTY
FACES, Morris does not "crack" and get religion at the last moment. He
goes to his death heroically and realistically, believing in maintaining
the courage of his convictions. His father understands this and silently
recognizes his son's integrity. A really beautiful scene from a rarely seen
For that matter, there's MANHATTAN MELODRAMA with William Powell and Clark
Gable as boyhood friends who wind up in the governor's chair and the
electric chair, respectively. This movie, of course, is legendary as the
film John Dillinger was watching at the Biograph Theater in Chicago, before
being gunned down by Melvin Purvis and the FBI.
Is it ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES where Jimmy Cagney fakes cowardice at death
in order to keep the Dead End Kids from a life of crime?
Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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