An innocent fisherman takes the rap for a murder in a misguided attempt to protect his buddy. Prison, the probation system, and his own hot temper lead him toward a life of rule-breaking, if not actual crime. Ward Bond (Bert the Cop from IAWL) plays the bad guy.
Johnny's dad, sent by his wife to cross a picket line as a scab, is mistaken for a striker and gets into a tussle with a company goon. It is unclear what actually happened but a cop ends up dead and Johnny's dad ends up sentenced to the electric chair for first degree murder. Johnny falls in with the Dead End kids and eventually becomes involved in a crime spree. All turns out well in the end, except for Johnny's dad.
It's nice to find a good movie like this in my public domain diving. This one has Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Louis Hayward. A poor French girl, bankrolled by a would-be restaurateur, pretends to be a countess in order to trick a wealthy Canadian into marrying her. Go on out to archive.org and watch it.