Dust Be My Destiny
|Dust Be My Destiny|
|Directed by||Lewis Seiler|
|Produced by||Hal B. Wallis (exec. producer)
Louis F. Edelman (assoc. producer)
|Written by||Jerome Odlum (novel)
Seton I. Miller (uncredited)
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|September 16, 1939|
Joe Bell (John Garfield) becomes embittered after he is jailed for 16 months for something he did not do. Later, he gets into a fight with a crook (played by an uncredited Ward Bond) and is sentenced to a work farm for 90 days. There, he becomes friends with Mabel Alden (Priscilla Lane), which displeases Charles Garreth (Stanley Ridges), her stepfather and the farm's foreman. The two men fight, and Joe knocks Garreth out. Panicking, the young couple flee and get married, only to learn that Garreth has died and that Joe is wanted for his murder.
Constantly on the move to avoid capture, Joe finally gets a break. He is in the right spot to take pictures of a bank robbery in progress. He uses them to get a job as a photographer at a newspaper run by Michael Leonard (Alan Hale). When the robbers try to get the photographs, Joe saves Michael's life. Unfortunately, his own picture is put on the front page of various newspapers as a result. Joe tries to flee once more, but Mabel turns him in to the police, convinced that running away is the wrong thing to do.
At the trial, despite a parade of character witnesses in Joe's favor, the prosecutor (John Litel) seems to have the upper hand. Defense attorney Slim Jones (Moroni Olsen) calls Mabel to the stand. She convinces the jury to declare her husband innocent.
- John Garfield as Joe Bell
- Priscilla Lane as Mabel Alden
- Alan Hale as Michael Leonard
- Frank McHugh as Caruthers
- Billy Halop as Hank Glenn
- Bobby Jordan as Jimmy Glenn
- Charley Grapewin as Pop
- Henry Armetta as Nick Spelucci
- Stanley Ridges as Charles Garreth
- John Litel as the Prosecutor
- Moroni Olsen as Slim Jones, the defense attorney
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