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Crime School (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  28 May 1938 (USA)
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A gang of underprivileged teenagers are sentenced to serve two years in a reform school after almost killing a criminal fence who attacked them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The 'Dead End' Kids
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Mark Braden
Gale Page ...
Billy Halop ...
Frankie Warren
Bobby Jordan ...
Squirt
Huntz Hall ...
Goofy
Leo Gorcey ...
Spike
Bernard Punsly ...
Fats (as Bernard Punsley)
Gabriel Dell ...
Bugs
George Offerman Jr. ...
Red
Weldon Heyburn ...
Cooper
Cy Kendall ...
Morgan
Charles Trowbridge ...
Judge Clinton
Spencer Charters ...
Old Doctor
Donald Briggs ...
New Doctor
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Storyline

Deputy Commissioner of Correction Mark Braden finds a reform school in terrible condition and assumes control himself. He wins the boy's cooperation by being fair and falls in love with gang leader Frankie's sister Sue. This aides disgruntled employees in challenging Braden. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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28 May 1938 (USA)  »

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L'école du crime  »

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Trivia

The second of seven movies featuring The Dead End Kids. See more »

Goofs

Spike's hair changes when he is telling Frankie about Mr. Braden and his sister. First it is falling in his face and the next shot it is all completely combed back then in the next shot it is falling in his face again. See more »

Quotes

Morgan: Those guards you fired were valuable men. Whatta you want to replace them with? A crew of schoolteachers?
Mark Braden: Maybe you got things just a little twisted, Morgan. This is a school you're running and not a prison. You're dealing with kids, not hardened criminals!
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Soundtracks

Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Stanley Murphy
Sung a cappella by the inmates in the shoe repair shop
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The Dead End Kids Do It Again
26 April 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In their second film appearance, The "Dead End" Kids are petty New York City street thieves. Starting a trend that will last two decades, the group play essentially the same characters - but with occasional name changes, and no dependable continuity from story to story. Herein, the depression-strapped youth are charismatic leader Billy Halop (as Frank "Frankie" Warren), young orphan Bobby Jordan (as Lester "Squirt" Smith), wisecracking Huntz Hall (as Richard "Goofy" Slade), incorrigible Leo Gorcey (as Charles "Spike" Hawkins), chubby Bernard Punsly (as George "Fats" Papadopolos), and dropout Gabriel Dell (as Timothy "Bugs" Burke).

When their junk dealer offers a paltry $5 for the gang's latest booty, an argument leads to Mr. Gorcey giving the man a fractured skull. No stool pigeons, the kids won't squeal and consequently all six receive a two-year stint in the reformatory. They are physically abused by sadistic superintendent Cy Kendall (as Morgan). Mr. Halop is whipped after a failed attempt to escape, then put in the care of a drunken doctor. By the time young Jordan is about to be punished for repeatedly dropping his trousers, socially conscious deputy Humphrey Bogart (as Mark Braden) has arrived to investigate. He dates Halop's pretty sister Gale Page (as Sue).

Future member Hal E. "Hally" Chester debuts herein. To follow-up on the successful original film, Warner Bros. merely re-worked their own "The Mayor of Hell" (1933), which starred James Cagney and Frankie Darro. Rehashing old plots became a cottage industry in the Bowery, and the "Crime School" story re-appeared almost instantly as "Hell's Kitchen" (1939) with Ronald Reagan filling Mr. Bogart's shoes. Note that the hardened delinquent George Offerman Jr. (as "Red") who bunks with Halop and the others in "Crime School" is the same actor who registered strongly in "The Mayor of Hell" and would even appear in "Hell's Kitchen".

****** Crime School (5/10/38) Lewis Seiler ~ Billy Halop, Humphrey Bogart, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey


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