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Hell's House -- Jimmy idolizes bootlegger Matt, and when he refuses to implicate his friend, he is sent to reform school. He befriends Shorty, a boy with a heart condition, and escapes to let the world know about the brutal conditions.
Hell's House -- Jimmy idolizes bootlegger Matt, and when he refuses to implicate his friend, he is sent to reform school. He befriends Shorty, a boy with a heart condition, and escapes to let the world know about the brutal conditions.  In HD.

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Writers:
Howard Higgin (story)
Paul Gangelin (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
30 January 1932 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Jimmy idolizes bootlegger Matt, and when he refuses to implicate his friend, he is sent to reform school. He befriends Shorty, a boy with a heart condition, and escapes to let the world know about the brutal conditions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Peggy Gardner

Pat O'Brien ... Matt Kelly
Junior Durkin ... Jimmy Mason (as Junior Dirkin)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Shorty (as Junior Coughlin)
Emma Dunn ... Emma Clark

Charley Grapewin ... Henry Clark (as Charles Grapewin)
Morgan Wallace ... Frank Gebhardt
Hooper Atchley ... Captain of the Guard
Wallis Clark ... Judge Robinson (as Wallace Clark)
James A. Marcus ... Superintendant Charles Thompson (as James Marcus)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mary Alden ... Lucy Mason (uncredited)
Sherwood Bailey ... Boy at Trial (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ... Detective (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Cop on the Beat (uncredited)
Lew Hicks ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Joe - Street Cop (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Detective (uncredited)
Everett Sullivan ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Higgin 
 
Writing credits
Howard Higgin (story)

Paul Gangelin (adaptation and screenplay) &
B. Harrison Orkow (adaptation and screenplay)

Produced by
B.F. Zeidman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Allen G. Siegler  (as Allan G. Siegler)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Schroeder 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Jewell  (as Edward Jewell)
 
Production Management
Harvey C. Leavitt .... production manager
 
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Also Known As:
"Juvenile Court" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
72 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
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Quotes:
Peggy Gardner:If you'd give the kid a chance, Kelly, he might amount to something, instead of always thinking about yourself.See more »
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Referenced in All About Bette (1994) (TV)See more »

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"Okay Big Boy", 4 February 2015
Author: MC_Barton from New York

Hell's House undoubtedly has a strong plot, and at times even reminds me of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle." Certain aspects of the film aim to expose the corruption of a state industrial school, just as "The Jungle" exposed dastardly factory conditions. While I took joy in the unraveling of the plot, the terrible acting is what did me in. Noted that this movie is from 1932, however "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" captivated my mind through incredible character development. I just feel I was pulled from engrossment because of the poor acting. I must mention though, during the more heartfelt scenes, the soundtrack exemplified the tone, and aided my comprehension of the characters' feelings.

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