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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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Crime | Drama

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28 May 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Connections

Follows Dead End (1937) See more »

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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Great Bogart Film
31 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed this 1938 film dealing with a young boy named Frankie Warren, (Billy Halop) who is placed in a reform school which is in bad condition and the leadership does not care about the young men and treats them all like hardened criminals. Mark Braden, (Humphrey Bogart) is assigned a Deputy Commissionier of Correction and decides to take off the bars on the reformatory and sets a new policy of giving the young men jobs to keep them busy and educate them for the outside world. Mark Braden meets Frankie Warren's sister named Sue Warren, (Gale Page) and they fall in love with each other after Sue sees how Frankie is improving and has changed his personality towards people and himself. Mark Braden discovers that there is corruption going on in his correction institute and he confronts his chief guard and finds out that Reformatory Superintendent, Morgan are working together stealing funds from the reformatory. All the "Dead End Kids" appear in this film and they give lots of comedy and drama throughout the entire picture. Great 1939 Classic.


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