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directed by Lewis Seiler
USA 1939


After doing time for a crime he didn't commit and busting rock on a work farm after he's picked up for vagrancy, young Joe Bell (John Garfield) figures the cards are stacked against him. Then a showdown with his sadistic foreman ends in the older man's accidental death. So Joe makes a run for it with the foreman's pretty stepdaughter (Priscilla Lane). And waits for Fate to deal the cards one last time.


Theatrical Release: 16 September 1939 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:27:21

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.41 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:03)

DVD Release Date: June 10th, 2014
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Chapters 25





John Garfield was no stranger to portraying a falsely accused having starred in They Made Me a Criminal same year as Dust Be My Destiny, but this film turns into "lovers on the run" story. You can trace this sub-genre from Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once to Dust Be My Destiny to They Live by Night and Gun Crazy. Unlike other titles listed above, Dust Be My Destiny is more optimistic with more romance and people giving a break to our protagonists to show that all is not that bad in the world. There is still some noir atmosphere getting there and one particular scene of young lovers going their separate ways is similar to the one in Gun Crazy. John Garfield is excellent and his Four Daughters co-star Priscilla Lane is charming. The picture was lensed by great James Wong Howe and there are many very atmospheric shots that would fit in any later film noir.

The made-on-demand disc from Warner Archive looks splendid and occasional marks and specs don't spoil the presentation. The mono audio is fine, with no damage and per usual standard there are no subtitles provided. There is a trailer as an extra and film gets 25 chapters. We can recommend this release for all John Garfield fans and to see what immediately preceded the film noir genre.

  - Gregory Meshman


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