The story somehow manages to blame Barrymore's plunge into crime on religious beliefs. Barrymore plays an orphaned boy in a Catholic home, where it is discovered that he is of Jewish parentage. Since the law insists that orphans be kept in a home of their own faith, the authorities decide
to move him to a different orphanage. Already involved with petty hoodlums, Barrymore views this last form of rejection as a reason to dive deeper into gangland activities. He eventually becomes head of the entire New York-New Jersey syndicate until he is gunned down by police. The script, from
Robbins' book, takes a naive approach to subjects such as religion and crime, making th...