Two boyhood friends, Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly have taken different paths in life. After Rocky is arrested he is sent to a juvenile facility and becomes a lifelong tough guy and criminal. Jerry on the other hand goes straight and becomes a Catholic priest ministering to people in the same neighborhood when he and Rocky grew up. When Rocky is released from prison he resumes his criminal lifestyle and becomes much admired by many of the local kids. Worried that the kids will follow Rocky into the criminal world, Jerry works hard to keep them on the straight and narrow. When Rocky is convicted and sentenced to the electric chair, Jerry asks him for one last favor.
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Did You Know?
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 22, 1939 with James Cagney
and Pat O'Brien
reprising their film roles. See more
At the beginning of the film a newspaper headline is shown announcing Harding has been nominated for President. That would be 1920. The camera pans over to introduce Rocky and Jerry as teenagers. Jerry suggests going to the movies to see "The Covered Wagon," which, he says, just came out. "The Covered Wagon" was released in March, 1923. The two events were actually about 2 1/2 years apart. See more
Jerry, As a Boy
William 'Rocky' Sullivan, as a boy
It's as dead as a door nail around here.
Jerry, As a Boy
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From Me to You
Written by Fabian Andre
, Wayne King
and Nat Conney
Played from when Bim sinks the 3-ball in the corner to the end of the pool room scene See more