Dust Be My Destiny (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dust Be My Destiny1939

Dust Be My Destiny (1939)





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John Garfield once more plays a social outcast who's had nothing but lousy breaks. Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Garfield is promptly arrested as a vagrant and sent to a work farm. He falls in love with Priscilla Lane, stepdaughter of the farm's no-good foreman. Garfield marries Priscilla, but his happiness is short-lived when the foreman drunkenly goads him into a fight. Arrested again for killing the foreman, Garfield is defended by a compassionate attorney (Moroni Olsen), whose summation to the jury places the blame for Garfield's plight squarely on the shoulders of Society.


John Garfield
as Joe Bell
Priscilla Lane
as Mabel Alden
Alan Hale
as Michael Leonard
Billy Halop
as Hank Glenn
Frank McHugh
as Caruthers
John Litel
as Prosecutor
Moroni Olsen
as Defense Attorney Slim Jones
Victor Kilian
as Doc Saunders
Frank Jaquet
as Abe Connors
Ferike Boros
as Delicatessen Propreitor
Ward Bond
as Drifter
John Hamilton
as Prison Warden
Anthony Warde
as Robber Hiding on Train
Tom Wilson
as Head Workhouse Guard
Weldon Heyburn
as Train Station Clerk
Garry Owen
as Milkman
George Guhl
as Policeman on Street
Eddie Kane
as Theatre Manager
Chester Clute
as Tuxedo Owner
Ethan Laidlaw
as Policeman in Montage
Frank Marlowe
as Second Loudmouth in Theatre Audience
Charles Halton
as Pawnbroker
Wade Boteler
as Police Official at Hospital
Frank Coghlan Jr.
as Newsboy on Street
DeWolf Hopper
as News Photographer at Hospital
George O'Hanlon
as Man-On-Street by Bank Robbery
Cliff Clark
as Police Detective
Eddy Chandler
as Police Detective
Jack Mower
as Railroad Detective
Edgar Dearing
as Railroad Detective
Sidney Bracey
as Diner Customer
Creighton Hale
as Diner Customer
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Critic Reviews for Dust Be My Destiny

All Critics (3)

The combined talents of John Garfield and Priscilla Lane, could not be better utilized. [Full review in Spanish]

May 24, 2021 | Full Review…

The trite script greatly benefits from the star power of John Garfield, who plays the perfect role for him--an alienated, wise guy drifter.

October 3, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A faint echo of Muni's great chain-gang film.

March 30, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dust Be My Destiny


Garfield and Priscilla Lane always made a good team and this is one of their best pictures. Being a Warners film the subject of a young couple in love and on the run is given the gritty treatment that suits the story and the pair do very well in conveying the hardships faced. As with most of the studios film at the time it looks at the problem through the lens of current events and society's ills.

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