They All Come Out

They All Come Out is a 1939 American crime film directed by Jacques Tourneur, written by John C. Higgins, and starring Rita Johnson, Tom Neal, Bernard Nedell, Edward Gargan, John Gallaudet and Addison Richards. It was released on August 4, 1939, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1][2]

They All Come Out
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJacques Tourneur
E. J. Babille (assistant)
Produced byJack Chertok
Screenplay byJohn C. Higgins
Story byJohn C. Higgins
StarringRita Johnson
Tom Neal
Bernard Nedell
Edward Gargan
John Gallaudet
Addison Richards
Music byDavid Snell
Edward Ward
CinematographyClyde De Vinna
Paul Vogel
Edited byRalph Goldstein
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 4, 1939 (1939-08-04)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film opens in a documentary style with narration and the introduction of two government officials associated with the prison system, as themselves, talking across a desk in an office setting. The story is then presented as being based on events in the lives of many prisoners.

Kitty (Rita Johnson) is involved with a gang planning a bank robbery when she meets and helps down-and-out Joe (Tom Neal) in a diner. Joe can't pay for what has been his first meal in three days, and has been unable to find work due to a broken wrist that was never set. Kitty recommends him for the bank robbery when a driver is needed. With the gang on the run from the law after the robbery, Kitty is shot and Joe saves her from being left behind. Eventually, the entire gang is captured.

The benevolent, compassionate, and highly effective prison system of 1939 offers help and understanding to all of the gang members, but only some- including Kitty and Joe- are willing to put their lives back on the right path. The prison doctor operates successfully on Joe's wrist and Kitty is allowed to correspond with Joe. After being paroled, both Kitty and Joe are immediately accepted and trusted in new jobs on the outside, but face challenges when another criminal attempts to draw them back into trouble.



  1. "They All Come Out (1939) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  2. "They All Come Out". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
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