Dead End

Dead End

DVD - 2014
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The Dead End Kids interact with an East Side neighborhood during the course of a day and night.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: Burbank : Warner Home Video, 2014.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Dead
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.


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Dead End's story is a very serious-minded drama depicting the antagonistic "culture clash" that prevails on a daily basis between the "haves" and the "have nots".

Set in NYC's Lower East Side where the streets of the city all come to a "dead end" halt at the edge of the East River - This tale of troubled lives introduces the viewer to the conflicting attitudes of the punks, the gangsters, and of those who long to rise above the oppressiveness of the slums (but they just can't seem to find a reasonable way out of this stifling jungle).

Filmed in stark b&w - This straight-faced, 1937 social commentary was directed by William Wyler (adapted from the screenplay penned by Lillian Hellman).

Sep 19, 2014

William Wyler has another hit with a Lillian Hellman screenplay. Later they will team up on Bette Davis's hit film "Little Foxes". Here we have "Dead End" staring Humphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, Sylvia Sydney, and Claire Trevor. Bogart plays gangster Baby Face Martin, who returns to his old neighborhood and finds crime is everywhere. KCLS has only one copy of this great film, but it isn't even checked out to anyone. This 1937 movie deserves better. It is not as good as "The Little Foxes" but again William Wyler uses cinematographer Gregg Toland to shoot the movie. The scene of the East Side of New York City are great. I must admit I am like others and find the cast members known as "The Dead End Kids" to be irritating. This was there first film and they only went down hill from here. If you are a Humphrey Bogart fan, then this will be a good movie for you.
P.S. The other comments on this page are generally in agreement with me. I don't look at them until I finish my review. I hope you will leave your reaction to the film here on the KCLS comment page under the "Dead End" film page.

Mar 09, 2014

Screen adaptation of a hit play written by Lillian Hellman. The adaptation, not the play. A terrific all-star cast which highlights social injustice and class conflicts, mostly with a trowel. HUmphrey Bogart, Joel McCrea, Silvia Sydney, Claire Trevor, Ward Bond and the debut of "The Dead End Kids", who stuck around for several eponymous-and none too good-sequels. One of the greats of the "crime doesn't pay" genre.

Nov 16, 2013

A well done '30s social commentary from William Wyler, and my rating is based primarily on Sylvia Sidney (and those eyes of hers), and Bogie's performances (who as a relatively new gangster-type took second-billing to Ms. Sidney in the credits!), and definitely *not* for the 'Dead End Kids', who starred in various films of the era. They might've had their 'fifteen minutes of fame" back then, but unfortunately, I find them irritating.


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Nov 16, 2013

Hugh 'Baby Face' Martin (refusing to give Dippy, a 'Dead End Kid', money when the kid doesn't find his old flame Francey for him): "Nothin' for nothin', kid."

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