Crime School (1938)

Not Rated  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
The 'Dead End' Kids
Gale Page ...
Billy Halop ...
Frankie Warren
Bobby Jordan ...
Huntz Hall ...
Bernard Punsly ...
Fats (as Bernard Punsley)
Gabriel Dell ...
George Offerman Jr. ...
Weldon Heyburn ...
Cy Kendall ...
Charles Trowbridge ...
Judge Clinton
Spencer Charters ...
Old Doctor
Donald Briggs ...
New Doctor


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 <>

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Release Date:

28 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'├ęcole du crime  »

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Milburn Stone is in studio records playing "Joe Delaney," but he does not appear in the film See more »


The paint on Mr Cooper's face, hat, and shoulders appears differently in the following scene when he reports to Mr Braden's office. See more »


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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Remade as Hell's Kitchen (1939) See more »


Rain, Rain, Go Away!
Traditional English nursery rhyme
Sung by Huntz Hall as the gang enters the reformatory in the rain
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a lesser quality re-hash of DEAD END
29 December 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a re-pairing of much of the cast of DEAD END--with the Dead End Kids and Humphrey Bogart together in the same film. The BIG difference this time is that instead of Bogey playing the nasty gangster, he is a juvenile prison crusader--bent on reforming the system and stressing rehabilitation. While this is an interesting twist, it is odd considering Bogart mostly played heavies during this era. And the overall effort isn't bad BUT once again I need to knock off a point because I simply find the Dead End Kids annoying at times. While not as annoying as they were to become when they were re-dubbed the Bowery Boys (complete with a few cast changes), a little of their hijinks goes a long way!

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