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The Mayor of Hell (1933)

TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  24 June 1933 (USA)
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Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the melodramatically callous Thompson. Soon, Patsy Gargan, a former ... See full summary »

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Patsy
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Dorothy
Arthur Byron ...
Judge Gilbert
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Mike
Dudley Digges ...
Thompson
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Jimmy
Sheila Terry ...
Blonde with Mike
Robert Barrat ...
Fred Smith
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ...
Smoke (as Farina)
Harold Huber ...
Joe
Dorothy Peterson ...
Mrs. Smith
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Brandon (as George Pat Collins)
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Louis Johnson
John Marston ...
Hopkins
William V. Mong ...
Mr. Walter
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Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the melodramatically callous Thompson. Soon, Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner as a political favor, arrives complete with hip flask and blonde. Gargan falls for activist nurse Dorothy and, inspired by her, takes over the administration to run the place on radical principles. But Thompson, to conceal his years of graft, needs a quick way to discredit Gargan... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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24 June 1933 (USA)  »

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Reform School  »

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$229,000 (estimated)
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When Dorothy goes into her office and locks Patsy out, there is a table outside the door on which four books are resting. In the next shot, a closeup of the table top, there are only two books. See more »

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WB sure knew how to make them
17 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This one of those social dramas that WB knew how to put together and were guaranteed boxoffice hits in the thirties. This early "dead end kids" are sent to a reform school where they are mistreated. Cagney, a gangster as part of a deal is appointed as the commissioner of the school. He doesn't take it seriously at first but he changes and makes the necessary changes to improve the lives of the boys. The idea is to let the boys rule and administer their community. Whether this is sound social reform is beyond my belief but it's a movie. It's a lot like Boys Town with a slight darker tone. A useless happy ending deluges what impact the scene prior hard but is still good. WB would later make this same movies with Bogart in the Cagney/fatherly role.


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