A stagy melodrama; nearly forgotten! The only memorable thing is embittered Bogart characterization; a notorious gangster got back to his neighborhood in disguise to find his childhood sweetheart and his mother; a reunion that goes wrong. Bogart's shock of pain when he got slapped and rejected by his mom is a great moment.
"Dead end" tiene momentos en que su moralidad de manual es recurrente. Es el mensaje señalizado con luces. Muy a pesar, es su crudeza la que lo hace sobresalir y pasar por alto ese didactismo. De ahí por qué podría asumirse esta película como un retrato contradictoria. Si bien amasa la moral, no deja de reflejar una mirada villana. Niños aspirando a delinquir, una muerte terrible. Lo perverso parece calar más.
A surprisingly sympathetic and gritty film considering the era (and the looming presence of producer Goldwyn). In the glossy, staged world of classic Hollywood this is as hard hitting as it gets. Murder, poverty and prostitution all pollute the spectacularly realised Dead End set. Bogey gives a menacing, but humane performance, but the real star is Clair Trevor in her brief but utterly brilliant scene.
This was quite the mix with one half being a romantic drama and the other half a gangster flick. I enjoyed the grimy 1930s New York atmosphere and applaud the work that went into the detail of the set. All in all the film was okay but I didn't really take anything away from it.
Although Humphrey Bogart is as great as ever, the film is quite calm. The main characters, Drina and her brother are really interesting. The action is very 'baby proofed' as it was done in the 30s. Enjoyable in any case. Lovely when thought as a social commentary.
An amazing cast shot by a godly cinematographer in one of classic Hollywood's most grandiose sets. A curious and vital exploration of social realism as an alternative to the usual romanticism of 1930s Hollywood filmmaking. One of Wyler's best and one of Bogart's most essential gems.
Based on a play, there's only one location, but it's used creatively with different angles etc. Sadly, I wasn't fond of the Dead End kids plot thread, because kids in prominent roles don't interest me that much. The overall story is verging on melodrama, but luckily McCrea, Sidney, and Bogart are all great. I've started to prefer Bogie's early roles, and here he achieves a lot with subtle facial expressions.