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Garfield plays Johnnie Bradfield, a rather sleazy champion boxer who projects an air of all-American wholesomeness while actually enjoying liquor and women. When Johnnie's rather unsavory habits are about to be exposed by a reporter, Johnnie's manager Doc confronts the reporter, and accidentally kills him. The manager and Johnnie's girlfriend Goldie frame him for murder--and are promptly killed in a car wreck.

Left with no other alternative Johnnie goes on the lam. He drifts all the way to Arizona, where he finds refuge at the Rafferty farm, a date farm that also serves as a reformatory for delinquent teens. Inspired by the kids, Johnnie turns over a new leaf. But his past, in the form of Detective Monty Phelan (Rains) can't be escaped that easily.

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Garfield plays Johnnie Bradfield, a rather sleazy champion boxer who projects an air of all-American wholesomeness while actually enjoying liquor and women. When Johnnie's rather unsavory habits are about to be exposed by a reporter, Johnnie's manager Doc confronts the reporter, and accidentally kills him. The manager and Johnnie's girlfriend Goldie then frame him Johnnie for murder--and are promptly killed in a car wreck.

Left with no other alternative Johnnie goes on the lam. He drifts all the way to Arizona, where he finds refuge at the Rafferty farm, a date farm that also serves as a reformatory for delinquent teens. Inspired by the kids, Johnnie turns over a new leaf. But his past, in the form of Detective Monty Phelan (Rains) (Rains), can't be escaped that easily.

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Not to be confused with the British FilmNoir, ''Film/TheyMadeMeAFugitive''.


Music/MaxSteiner composed the score. A pre-stardom Ann Sheridan has a small part as Goldie, Johnnie's faithless girlfriend.

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Music/MaxSteiner composed the score. A pre-stardom Ann Sheridan Creator/AnnSheridan has a small part as Goldie, Johnnie's faithless girlfriend.


* IAmNotLeftHanded: Johnnie, who is left-handed, is fighting righty until Phelan tells him not to bother, Phelan knows who he is anyway. Johnnie then switches hands and gives a better accounting of himself.

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* IAmNotLeftHanded: Johnnie, who is left-handed, is fighting righty until righty, and taking a beatdown. Finally Phelan tells him not to bother, Phelan knows who he is anyway. Johnnie then switches hands and gives a better accounting of himself.

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[[caption-width-right:350:Phelan arrives and ruins everything.]]


* OffIntotheDistanceEnding: Two, as Phelan's train chugs away while Johnnie walks off with one of the delinquents.

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* OffIntotheDistanceEnding: OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: Two, as Phelan's train chugs away while Johnnie walks off with one of the delinquents.


* LetOffByTheDetective: After seeing how much of a difference he's made and seeing how much the kids and his girlfriend love him, Phelan lets Johnnie go.

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* LetOffByTheDetective: After seeing how much of a difference he's made and seeing how much the kids and his girlfriend love him, Phelan lets Johnnie go. Particularly generous in this example as it means Phelan will go back to New York empty-handed and suffer embarrassment in front of his colleagues, and will be stuck in the morgue.


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* OffIntotheDistanceEnding: Two, as Phelan's train chugs away while Johnnie walks off with one of the delinquents.


* LetOffByTheDetective

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* LetOffByTheDetectiveLetOffByTheDetective: After seeing how much of a difference he's made and seeing how much the kids and his girlfriend love him, Phelan lets Johnnie go.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Claude Rains as usual, speaking in his mellifluous London accent, playing a cynical New York cop.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Claude Rains as usual, speaking in his mellifluous London accent, playing a cynical New York cop. Apparently Rains felt he was miscast and Warner Brothers had to threaten him with a suspension to get him to play the part.



* WillfullyWeak

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* WillfullyWeakWillfullyWeak: Johnnie knows that Phelan is looking for a left-handed boxer with a distinctive stance. So Johnnie elects to box right-handed. He was a champion in his previous life but he takes a beating fighting righty.

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Music/MaxSteiner composed the score. A pre-stardom Ann Sheridan has a small part as Goldie, Johnnie's faithless girlfriend.


* {{Delinquents}}: The various young teens from New York City, guilty of crimes like robbery and vandalism, sent out to Arizona to get put back on the straight and narrow.

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* {{Delinquents}}: The various young teens from New York City, guilty of crimes like robbery and vandalism, sent out to Arizona to get put back on the straight and narrow. (They're played by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_End_Kids Dead End Kids]].)



* IAmNotLeftHanded: Johnnie, who is left-handed, is fighting righty until Phelan tells him not to bother, Phelan knows who he is anyway. Johnnie then switches hands and gives a better accounting of himself.



* LetOffByTheDetective



* TravelMontage: A short one traces Johnnie's route from New York to Arizona, staying in flophouses, as a line appears on a map.

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* TravelMontage: A short one traces Johnnie's route from New York to Arizona, staying in flophouses, as a line appears on a map.map.
* WillfullyWeak


Left with no other alternative Johnnie goes on the lam. He drifts all the way to Arizona, where he finds refuge at a ranch that serves as a reformatory for delinquent teens. Inspired by the kids, Johnnie turns over a new leaf. But his past, in the form of Detective Monty Phelan (Rains) can't be escaped that easily.

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Left with no other alternative Johnnie goes on the lam. He drifts all the way to Arizona, where he finds refuge at the Rafferty farm, a ranch date farm that also serves as a reformatory for delinquent teens. Inspired by the kids, Johnnie turns over a new leaf. But his past, in the form of Detective Monty Phelan (Rains) can't be escaped that easily.



* HustlingTheMark



* TheMagicPokerEquation: The delinquents rope a spoiled rich kid into a game of poker. The rich kid, who knows nothing about poker, draws a straight. When they trick him into thinking a straight is a bad hand, he draws four more cards, and draws a straight flush.



* SavingTheOrphanage

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* SavingTheOrphanageSavingTheOrphanage: The kids of the Rafferty farm have an idea to start a gas station on the farm, which will provide enough cash to keep the farm afloat. But they need seed money to build the gas pump, which is where Johnnie's boxing skills come in.

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* HustlingTheMark

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* SavingTheOrphanage

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* {{Delinquents}}: The various young teens from New York City, guilty of crimes like robbery and vandalism, sent out to Arizona to get put back on the straight and narrow.

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