Warner Bros. Studios began to tire of the boys' antics during production of "Angels Wash Their Faces." Among their pranks: throwing a lit firecracker in Humphrey Bogart's dressing room, painting obscene murals on the office walls, and setting off fire sprinklers in the wardrobe department. The studio hired a former football player, Russ Saunders, in hopes of taming their unruly sextet. He ultimately had to use a fire hose on them. Ultimately the studio became fed up and dropped their contract.
I;ve come to the conclusion that all kids should be given a stretch in reform school... if they all come out as well as you did.
The climax involves an act of vigilante justice that, while dramatically exciting, would never have been allowed by the authorities, even if they were sympathetic to the cause.
Although the film was marketed as "Angels Wash Their Faces," the main title reads "The Angels Wash Their Faces."