They Made Me a Criminal

They Made Me a Criminal (1939)


  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 1939-01-21
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 26 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Busby Berkeley
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From 26 Ratings


A boxer flees, believing he has committed a murder while he was drunk.

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  • John Garfield

    as Johnnie Bradfield, aka Jack Dorney
  • Claude Rains

    as Det. Monty Phelan
  • Ann Sheridan

    as Goldie West
  • May Robson

    as Grandma Rafferty
  • Gloria Dickson

    as Peggy
  • Billy Halop

    as Tommy
  • Bobby Jordan

    as Angel
  • Leo Gorcey

    as Spit
  • Huntz Hall

    as Dippy
  • Gabriel Dell

    as T.B.
  • Bernard Punsly

    as Milt
  • Robert Gleckler

    as Doc Ward (Johnnie's Manager)
  • John Ridgely

    as Charles 'Charlie' Magee (Reporter)
  • Barbara Pepper

    as Budgie Massey
  • William B. Davidson

    as Ennis
  • Ward Bond

    as Lenihan
  • Robert Strange

    as Malvin
  • Louis Jean Heydt

    as Randy Smith
  • Frank Riggi

    as Gaspar Rutchek
  • Cliff Clark

    as Manager
  • Dick Wessel

    as Collucci
  • Sam Hayes

    as Fight Announcer
  • Jack Austin

    as Cop #1 (uncredited)
  • Irving Bacon

    as Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
  • Clem Bevans

    as Ticket Taker (uncredited)
  • Richard Bond

    as Reporter at First Fight (uncredited)
  • Edwin Brian

    as Newsboy (uncredited)
  • Raymond Brown

    as Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Mushy Callahan

    as Schwimmer (uncredited)
  • Nat Carr

    as Haskell - Reporter at First Fight (uncredited)
  • Eddy Chandler

    as Detective #2 (uncredited)
  • Georgie Cooper

    as Elderly Lady (uncredited)
  • Hal Craig

    as Detective #3 (uncredited)
  • Joe Cunningham

    as Columnist (uncredited)
  • John Dilson

    as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Mike Donovan

    as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Tom Dugan

    as Man Behind Grandma (uncredited)
  • John Harron

    as First Fight Radio Announcer (uncredited)
  • Leyland Hodgson

    as Mr. Williamson (uncredited)
  • Stuart Holmes

    as Second Fight Timekeeper (uncredited)
  • Arthur Housman

    as Drunk Next to Grandma (uncredited)
  • Donald Kerr

    as Man in Ring After First Fight (uncredited)
  • Reid Kilpatrick

    as Radio Sports Commentator (voice) (uncredited)
  • Harry Leroy

    as Spectator at Second Fight (uncredited)
  • Al Lloyd

    as Man in Front of Spit (uncredited)
  • Doris Lloyd

    as Mrs. Williamson (uncredited)
  • Frank Mayo

    as Man at First Fight with Tophat (uncredited)
  • Sam McDaniel

    as Splash (uncredited)
  • Larry McGrath

    as Second Fight Referee (uncredited)
  • Frank Meredith

    as Cop #2 (uncredited)
  • Jack Mower

    as Man in Locker Room After First Fight (uncredited)
  • Jimmy O'Gatty

    as Rutchek's Handler (uncredited)
  • Paul Panzer

    as Jim - Assistant Ticket Taker (uncredited)
  • Bob Perry

    as Cawley - Jack's Handler (uncredited)
  • Charles Randolph

    as First Fight Referee (uncredited)
  • John J. Richardson

    as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Cyril Ring

    as First Fight Ringsider (uncredited)
  • Bert Roach

    as Hendricks (uncredited)
  • Dave Roberts

    as Police Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
  • Sally Sage

    as Girl Entering Locker Room (uncredited)
  • Cliff Saum

    as Man in Front of Tommy (uncredited)
  • Janet Shaw

    as Girl Entering Locker Room (uncredited)
  • John Sheehan

    as Man in Front of Grandma (uncredited)
  • Ronald Sinclair

    as J. Douglas Williamson (uncredited)
  • Charles Sullivan

    as Second Fight Trainer (uncredited)
  • Elliott Sullivan

    as Mel - Hoodlum Stealing $50 (uncredited)
  • Dorothy Varden

    as Minor Role (uncredited)
  • Tom Wilson

    as Kid Tacoma (uncredited)
  • Jack Wise

    as Second Fight Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Production Jack L. Warner Production Manager
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Production Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Crew Oliver S. Garretson Sound Recordist
Camera James Wong Howe Director of Photography
Writing Bertram Millhauser Novel
Costume & Make-Up Milo Anderson Costume Design
Art Anton Grot Art Direction
Production Benjamin Glazer Associate Producer
Directing Busby Berkeley Director
Editing Jack Killifer Editor
Writing Sig Herzig Screenplay
Writing Beulah Marie Dix Novel