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Crime School (1938)

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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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The 'Dead End' Kids
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Frankie Warren
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Huntz Hall ...
Bernard Punsly ...
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Gabriel Dell ...
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Cy Kendall ...
Charles Trowbridge ...
Judge Clinton
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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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28 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'école 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 »


Sue Warren: [Pleading] I'll take him away to a better neighborhood. I'll have more time to spend with him. Give 'em a chance, will yuh?
Judge Clinton: I'm afraid it's too late for that, Miss Warren.
Sue Warren: Too late? How can you say a thing like that? Maybe he'sd a little tough, but a kid's got to be tough in our neighborhood to stay alive. If you send him to reform school, I know what's gonna happen to him. He'll come out hard and mean and bitter. If you want to do something for these boys, why don't you clean up the slums? Wht ...
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Music by Percy Wenrich
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Predictable vehicle for the Dead End Kids; watchable at the time…

"Crime School" is clearly from the same mold as "San Quentin" and Cagney's "The Mayor of Hell."

It is a predictable vehicle for the Dead End Kids, in which Bogart played, in a dull, unemotional style, a deputy commissioner of correction who takes over the running of a reformatory housing the Kids when he finds the warden is a sadist…

There is a threat to Bogart's plan when the Kids escape as part of the warden's calculated attempt to prove Bogart's regenerative prison policies are valueless, but the ruse fails as Bogart gets the boys back winning the solemn recognition of merit…

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