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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

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 Victor Kilian ... Doc Saunders
Frank Jaquet ... Abe Connors
Ferike Boros 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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. 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 Uitstel van executie (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 »

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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played before the wedding
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John Garfield and Priscilla Lane
19 March 2003 | by Randy_DSee all my reviews

Down on his luck John Garfield finally sees his fortunes improve, and I do mean improve, when he teams up with Priscilla Lane. But the bad luck returns and the two end up on the lam for what turns out to be a pretty good movie.

A few scenes shot on location spice things up a bit and there are some very nice supporting performances as well.

The lead actors, John Garfield and the beautiful Priscilla Lane, work well together, as evidenced in their previous work on Four Daughters and Daughters Courageous.


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