Angels with Dirty Faces is a 1938 American gangster film directed by Michael Curtiz, and starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, George Bancroft and the Dead End Kids. The film was written by Rowland Brown, John Wexley, and Warren Duff, with uncredited assistance from Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. The film is about Rocky Sullivan (Cagney), who is a notorious gangster. O'Brien plays his childhood friend, Father Jerry Connolly, who attempts to keep six young boys away from being influenced by Rocky. Jim Frazier (Bogart), a crooked lawyer and MacKeefer (Bancroft), a shady businessman and municipal contractor attempt to dispose of Rocky.
The film was released in November 28, 1938 to positive reviews. At the 11th Academy Awards, the film was nominated in three categories; for Best Actor (Cagney), Best Director (Curtiz) (who was also nominated for Four Daughters) and Best Story (Brown), losing all three.