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Crime School (1938)





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This entry in the Dead End Kids series of adventures makes critical comments about the failings of reform schools. The story begins as the boys are sent to the Gatesville Reformatory, a cruel institution where the discipline is often violent. They boys do their best, but it is difficult to cope. Things get a little better when the deputy commissioner of corrections makes a surprise visit to the institution. He is appalled and immediately fires the sadistic warden. He then begins instituting gentler ways of treating the inmates. The grateful youths save the new warden's life after he is machine gunned during a political double-cross. As a reward, the boys are paroled.


Humphrey Bogart
as Mark Braden
Billy Halop
as Frankie
Bernard Punsly
as Fats Papadopolo
Cy Kendall
as Morgan
Charles Trowbridge
as Judge Clinton
Milburn Stone
as Joe Delaney
Spencer Charters
as Old Doctor
Donald Briggs
as New Doctor
Frank Jaquet
as Commissioner
Helen MacKellar
as Mrs. Burke
Alan Bridge
as Mr. Burke
Al Bridge
as Mr. Burke
Sibyl Harris
as Mrs. Hawkins
Paul Porcasi
as Nick Papadopolo
Jack Mower
as John Brower
Frank Otto
as Junkie
Edward Gargan
as Officer Hogan
John Ridgely
as Reporter
Clayton Moore
as Reporter Covering Escape
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They did it with The Maltese Falcon/Dangerous Woman & got it right the third time under John Huston. Crime School was Mayor of Hell in 1933 with Cagney and finally in 1939 also with the Kids & Ronald Regan as Hell's Kitchen which the UK Censor considered so brutal he clapped on the then rare 'H'certificate (16+ only). Indeed,check out punishment meted out to one of the Kids by sadistic reform school super,Grant Withers who kills him by locking him in a refrigeration unit. I waited many years before catching an isolated TCM screening (since this is not on commercial video) having formerly seen a wartime reissue alongside Return of Dr X. It is better directed than the other two versions but it is the Kids + Reagan all the way battling Grant Withers in true Capt Bligh form. But grim stuff.

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