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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 September 1939 (USA)
Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading ... See full summary »

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), Jerome Odlum (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Garfield ... Joe Bell
Priscilla Lane ... Mabel Alden
Alan Hale ... Mike Leonard
Frank McHugh ... Caruthers
Billy Halop ... Hank Glenn
Bobby Jordan ... Jimmy Glenn
Charley Grapewin ... Pop
Henry Armetta ... Nick
Stanley Ridges ... Charlie Garrett
John Litel ... Prosecutor
Moroni Olsen ... Slim Jones - Defense Attorney
Victor Kilian ... Doc Saunders
Frank Jaquet ... Abe Connors
Ferike Boros ... Delicatessen Proprietress
Marc Lawrence ... Venetti
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Storyline

Embittered after serving time for a burglary he did not commit, Joe Bell is soon back in jail, on a prison farm. His love for the foreman's daughter leads to a fight between them, leading to the older man's death due to a weak heart. Joe and Mabel go on the run as he thinks no-one would believe a nobody like him. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruel é o Meu Destino See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original ending of the film called for Joe and Mabel to be shot to death, but the commercial failure of You Only Live Once (1937), which had a tragic ending, compelled the Warner Bros. studio heads to demand a happy ending. When writer Robert Rossen refused to write the new ending, Seton I. Miller was brought in to write it. See more »

Goofs

In the trial the defence attorney apparently calls all his witnesses, then makes a speech to the jury, then calls a final witness. An attorney has to wait until all the witnesses have testified before making a speech. See more »

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Featured in The John Garfield Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

My Wild Irish Rose
(uncredited)
Written by Chauncey Olcott
Played at the diner and sung by Nick
Also played when Mabel and Joe say goodbye to Nick
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A Great Little Picture w/ The Great John Garfield at his best!
21 February 2002 | by jhumlongSee all my reviews

Poor Joe Bell, the typical anti-establishment loser stereotype role that John Garfield made famous. With the beautiful Priscilla Lane as he girl and the fabuous Warner contract players including the great Allan Hale Sr, the film although predictable, is still a classic of the torn, raw emotions of young love and fighting for vindication against being wrongfully accused of a crime he didn't commit. I have always liked Garfield, especially during the 1948 Senate whitchunt for communists. Garfield wouldn't talk and was blacklisted. This same attitude personified his conviction for the roles he played in most of his films except Humerques. The film contains a haunting melody that is sung on a phonograph record " Dust Be My Destiny" It really sets the theme for the emmotions of both Garfield and Lane that if they can't get a break in their life they might as well be dead! The melody for the tune plays throughout the picture and is aranged and directed by the great Max Steiner. The next time it plays on TCM, do yourself a favor and watch it with a friend!!


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