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The Mayor of Hell (1933)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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24 June 1933 (USA)  »

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$229,000 (estimated)
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When Thompson falls on the barbwire fence after jumping from the burning barn, it is clearly a dummy. See more »

Quotes

Lawyer: Tell us what you know, I said! Never mind what you think!
Mr. Hemingway: Excuse me, boss. I ain't no lawyer. I can't talk without thinkin'.
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Precursor to the Dead End Kids
14 July 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Five years before the film Dead End hit theaters, this film was produced. This was definitely a film that tried to show what reformatories were really like. In most cases, the kids who were sent there didn't become reformed, they only came out harder and moved on to bigger crimes. James Cagney is great in this early role as Patsy, the racketeer who tries to keep the kids from making some of the same mistakes that he did by making conditions better for the boys in the camp. Dudley Digges played the perfect villain in Thompson, the warden of the school. He pretty much showed how when the odds were against Thompson and his cronies that he was nothing more than a coward. Also Allen Jenkins, who ironically would appear a few years later in the aforementioned Dead End, provided a lot of the humor as Patsy's stooge "Uncle Mike". Too bad this little gem is rarely shown on television anymore or that it is currently not out on DVD.


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