Johnnie is a boxer. The same evening he won the world championship, he is charged for the murder of a reporter and is taken for dead. Running away from New York, he ends up in a ranch in Arizona, run by an old lady as a work farm for delinquent teenagers. He falls in love with Peggy and became the teenagers' hero. But there is that New York Detective, Phelan, that does not believe he is dead and is chasing him... An unlikely scenario, but not a so bad film.
I am a fugitive! I am hunted by the mob! I am wanted by the cops! I am forgotten by decent women! (re-release print ad)
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Did You Know?
Director Busby Berkeley
first made a name for himself with musical spectaculars like Footlight Parade
(1933), Gold Diggers of 1933
(1933) and 42nd Street
(1933). He persuaded Warner Brothers executives to let him do a dramatic picture, and they assigned him to this film. He didn't shed his musical association entirely, however; the film contains an "in-joke". When "Dippy" (Huntz Hall
) operates the controls of a makeshift shower, he serenades the bathing "Jack/Johnnie" with "By The Waterfall", a song from Berkeley's hit "Footlight Parade". See more
In the diner scene when Johnny drops the $50 note, one of the other diners (Bill) claims the money saying "... That's not your money - that's my money". An actor in the background can be seen mouthing Bill's lines at the same time as Bill utters them. See more
Johnnie Bradfield, aka Jack Dorney
If you're rootin' for me, I'll go in there and bang the ears off the biggest guy in the world.
The AFI Catalogue has a different cast ordering, suggesting that changes were made for a re-release. Ann Sheridan
is billed 6th and there are other minor changes when compared with the print currently shown on Turner Classic Movies, on which the data in IMDb is based. It is uncertain which is the original print. See more
Referenced in The Projectionist
M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World to Me
Music by Theodore Morse
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Partially sung a cappella by Bert Roach See more