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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 ...
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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28 May 1938 (USA)  »

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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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Referenced in The Monkees: A Coffin Too Frequent (1967) See more »

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!
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Traditional English nursery rhyme
Sung by Huntz Hall as the gang enters the reformatory in the rain
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Not Your Typical Kids
8 October 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This was the first "Dead End Kids" film that I watched and I really enjoyed it (too bad they don't show it on television anymore). When I first watched it, it was at a time when I thought all "kid gang" films were like the Little Rascal/Our Gang Comedies. The Dead End Kids were the ones who broke the mold and made the kids believable and this film hooked me on them. The one scene that I was particularly shocked with was when Frankie (Billy Halop) tried to make a break for it and got caught in the barbed wire fence. What happened to him after still makes me cringe as he is whipped within an inch of his life with a cat-a-nine tails. Even though this film is not a classic like "Dead End", the film that introduced us to the Kids, it still is a good picture on it's own.


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