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Dillinger (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 17 September 1945 (UK)
John Dillinger begins his life of crime as a petty thief, meets his future gang in prison and eventually masterminds a series of daring robberies.

Director:

Max Nosseck

Writer:

Philip Yordan (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmund Lowe ... Specs Green
Anne Jeffreys ... Helen Rogers
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Marco Minelli (as Eduardo Cianelli)
Marc Lawrence ... Doc Madison
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Kirk Otto
Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis ... Tony
Elsa Janssen ... Mrs. Otto (as Else Jannsen)
Ludwig Stössel ... Mr. Otto (as Ludwig Stossel)
Constance Worth ... Woman in Bar
Lawrence Tierney ... John Dillinger
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Storyline

The rise of John Dillinger from petty criminal (including, unforgivably, holding up a cinema) via prison and bank robbery with his new convict associates to the accolade of Public Enemy Number One. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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His Story Is Written in Bullets, Blood and Blondes! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John Dillinger, Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$193,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At the end of the Dllinger newsreel, the words "The End" can be seen on the curtian closing long after the newsreel ended, and was turned off. See more »

Goofs

When Dillinger and his girlfriend sit in the Biograph theatre at the end of the picture, there is a lady in the row behind them, always seen between their heads. First it is one with a fair hat, then another one with black hair and glittering stuff in it, then again the one with the fair hat. See more »

Quotes

Helen Rogers: Who lives here?
John Dillinger: What do you care?
Helen Rogers: Well, I just like to know where I am.
John Dillinger: You're with me.
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Connections

References Barefoot Boy (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Il Bacio
(uncredited)
Music by Luigi Arditi
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"Dillinger And His Big Plans!"
26 January 2002 | by stryker-5See all my reviews

This lean, mean cheapo has all the virtues of economy. Lawrence Tierney is great in his impressive debut, ideally cast as the cold, humourless psychopath. In a little over an hour we get the complete biography, with the bad guy hero gunned down with seven dollars and twenty cents in his pocket, the exact amount with which he began his criminal spree.

The scene transitions are tight and efficient, and the story-telling terse and elliptical, giving us only the significant moments in this brief, violent life. No words are wasted when Pa Otto meets his end.

Dmitri Tiomkin provides his customarily excellent music. The lone wailing horn in the prison scenes captures superbly the despair of the inmates, as indeed does the unyielding regularity of the jail architecture.

Verdict - Less is more in this commendably spare gangster flick.


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