They Made Me A Criminal (January 28, 1939)

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John Garfield in They Made Me A Criminal
 

Released on January 28, 1939: Johnnie is a fighter . . . . The best boxer in the world . . . . Johnnie has it all . . . . Money . . . . Women . . . . Fame . . . . Nothing can stop him from owning his world . . . Except maybe a little thing called murder.

Produced by Hal B. Wallis

Directed by Busby Berkeley

The Actors: John Garfield (Johnnie Bradfield, aka Jack Dorney), Claude Rains (Detective Monty Phelan), Ann Sheridan (Goldie West), May Robson (Grandma Rafferty), Gloria Dickson (Peggy), Billy Halop (Tommy), Bobby Jordan (Angel), Leo Gorcey (Spit), Huntz Hall (Dippy), Gabriel Dell (T.B.), Bernard Punsly (Milt), Robert Gleckler (Doc Ward), John Ridgely (Charlie Magee, Reporter), and Barbara Pepper (Budgie Massey), William B. Davidson (Police Inspector Ennis), Ward Bond (fight promoter Lenihan), Robert Strange (Malvin), Louis Jean Heydt (Randy Smith), Frank Riggi (Gaspar Rutchek), Cliff Clark (Rutchek's manager), Dick Wessel (Johnnie Collucci), Raymond Brown (the Sheriff), Sam Hayes (radio ringside announcer), Jack Austin (first cop), Irving Bacon (Speed, gas station attendant), Clem Bevans (second fight ticket taker), Richard Bond (reporter at first fight), Edwin Brian (newsboy), Mushy Callahan (Schwimmer), Nat Carr (Haskell, reporter at first fight), Eddy Chandler (second detective), George Cooper (elderly lady), Hal Craig (third detective), Joe Cunningham (comumnist), John Dilson (doctor), Mike Donovan (cop), Tom Dugan (man beside Grandma at fight), John Harron (first fight radio announcer), Leyland Hodgson (Mr. Williamson), Stuart Holmes (second fight timekeeper), Arthur Housman (drunk next to Grandma), Donald Kerr (man in ring after first fight), Reid Kilpatrick (radio sports commentator), Harry Leroy (sepctator at second fight), Al Lloyd (man in front of spit), Doris Lloyd (Mrs. Williamson), Frank Mayo (man at first fight with tophat), Sam McDaniel (Splash), Larry McGrath (second fight referee), Frank Meredith (second cop), Jack Mower (man in locker room after first fight), Jimmy O'Gatty (Rutchek's handler), Paul Panzer (Jim, assistant ticket taker), Bob Perry (Cawley, Jack's handler), Charles Randolph (first fight referee), John J. Richardson (reporter), Cyril Ring (first fight ringsider), Bert Roach (Hendricks), Dave Roberts (Police announcer), Sally Sage (girl entering locker room), Cliff Saum (man in front of Tommy), Janet Shaw (girl entering locker room), John Sheehan (man in front of Grandma), Ronald Sinclair (J. Douglas Williamson), Charles Sullivan (second fight trainer), Elliott Sullivan (Mel, hood stealing fifty bucks), Dorothy Vernon (unknown), Jack Wise (second fight ticket taker)

 

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The Sucker with No Mother

Johnnie is a fighter . . . . The best boxer in the world . . . . Johnnie has it all . . . . Money . . . . Women . . . . Fame . . . . Nothing can stop him from owning his world . . . Except maybe a little thing called murder.

Johnnie has told the world that he doesn’t drink booze and he loves his blessed mother. Johnnie convinces all the kids watching him fight that he is a square guy, but alone with his girlfriend and his manager after the big fight he is boozing it up and berating all the suckers who believe that he is a role model for right living. During the celebration a drunk gal and her fellow show up and Johnnie continues talking about how all his fans are suckers for believing his story about his sainted mother and his clean living . . . . He even drunkenly admits that he has no mother! Then the trouble begins.

It turns out that the fellow visiting the champ is a newspaper reporter and he excitedly proclaims that the truth about the champ with his booze and wild women will be front page news in the morning. Johnnie’s manager gets the girls out of the room and confronts the reporter and then bashes the reporter over the head with a whiskey bottle to keep him from leaving. The reporter drops to the floor . . . . Dead.

Johnnie is passed out drunk, and when the girls come back into the room and see the dead reporter, Johnnie’s manager tells the girls that it was Johnnie that killed the man with his famous left-hook. The manager takes Johnnie and his girlfriend to a remote house and then while Johnnie is still passed out cold, he takes Johnnie’s money and watch and takes off with Johnnie’s girlfriend in Johnnie’s big expensive convertible, leaving Johnny to take the rap for killing the reporter.

On their way out of town Johnnie’s manager and girlfriend have a terrible car accident and they both burn up in the fiery explosion. The world believes that the charred bodies in the car are Johnnie and his girlfriend, so the cops don’t need to search for the killer of the reporter any more. When Johnnie gets sober and realizes what has happened, he knows that if he ever lets anyone know that he is not dead, he will go to prison for murder . . . . There is no one alive who can prove his innocence!

Johnnie runs from New York to Arizona and winds up on a ranch that grows dates, and soon he is in love with the blonde gal helping to run the ranch. This leads to that and Johnnie, now calling himself Jack, wants to help the ranch get enough money to make a go of it, and he notices a fight poster in town offering $500 a round to anyone who can stay in the ring with a touring boxer. Johnnie decides to enter the contest and earn the money to help the ranch. What Johnnie won’t find out until the day before the fight is that a cop from New York is searching for him, and will be at the fight. The cop thinks that Johnnie didn’t die in the fiery car crash, and the cop wants to bring him back to stand trial for murder. Johnnie decides that he must fight even though the cop may recognize him and arrest him, so that the money can go to the ranch. The cop, played by legendary Claude Rains, will be watching to see if Johnnie will use his famous left hook during the fight, proving that he is the champion boxer accused of murder. Johnnie is in for the fight of his life, and the stakes are . . . . His Life! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

John Garfield
John Garfield
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Gloria Dickson
Gloria Dickson
The challenge
The challenge
John Garfield, Gloria Dickson and May Robson
John Garfield, Gloria Dickson and May Robson
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
Billy Halop
Billy Halop
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains watches the fight
Claude Rains watches the fight
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Gloria Dickson
Gloria Dickson
Gloria Dickson and John Garfield
Gloria Dickson and John Garfield
Gloria Dickson and John Garfield
Gloria Dickson and John Garfield
Gloria Dickson
Gloria Dickson
Huntz Hall, John Garfield and Billy Halop
Huntz Hall, John Garfield and Billy Halop
Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
Irving Bacon and John Garfield
Irving Bacon and John Garfield
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
John Garfield and Bert Roach
John Garfield and Bert Roach
John Garfield and John Harron
John Garfield and John Harron
John Garfield and May Robson
John Garfield and May Robson
John Garfield and Robert Strange
John Garfield and Robert Strange
John Garfield and the Dead End Kids
John Garfield and the Dead End Kids
John Garfield and Ward Bond
John Garfield and Ward Bond
John Garfield
John Garfield
John Garfield
John Garfield
Leo Gorcey and Ronald Sinclair
Leo Gorcey and Ronald Sinclair
Louis Jean Heydt
Louis Jean Heydt
Louis Jean Heydt and John Garfield
Louis Jean Heydt and John Garfield
Louis Jean Heydt
Louis Jean Heydt
May Robson, Gloria Dickson and Huntz Hall
May Robson, Gloria Dickson and Huntz Hall
May Robson
May Robson
Robert Gleckler and Ann Sheridan
Robert Gleckler and Ann Sheridan
Robert Gleckler
Robert Gleckler
Robert Strange
Robert Strange
Robert Strange and John Garfield
Robert Strange and John Garfield
Robert Strange and John Garfield
Robert Strange and John Garfield
Robert Strange
Robert Strange
Ronald Sinclair
Ronald Sinclair
Sam Hayes
Sam Hayes
Sam Hayes
Sam Hayes
Tom Dugan and May Robson
Tom Dugan and May Robson
Tom Dugan
Tom Dugan
Ward Bond
Ward Bond
William B. Davidson
William B. Davidson
William B. Davidson
William B. Davidson