Cinema: The New Pictures: Dec. 5, 1938

Angels With Dirty Faces (Warner Bros.-First National). To Hollywood's Joe Breen. who does the dirty work of cinema self-censorship for Cinema Tsar Hays, this picture offered an interesting dilemma. Its hero, Rocky Sullivan (James Cagney), is a slum urchin who, sent to a reformatory for a prankish freight-car robbery, grows up to be a big-league desperado. Rocky's boyhood crony, Jerry Connolly (Pat O'Brien), grows up to be a priest, consecrates his career to preventing a new generation of slum urchins—who idolize Rocky Sullivan—from patterning their careers on his.

When Rocky Sullivan goes to...

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