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Crime School (1938)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 28 May 1938 (USA)
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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Gale Page ...
Billy Halop ...
Frankie Warren
Bobby Jordan ...
Squirt
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Goofy
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Spike
Bernard Punsly ...
Fats (as Bernard Punsley)
Gabriel Dell ...
Bugs
George Offerman Jr. ...
Red
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Cooper
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Morgan
Charles Trowbridge ...
Judge Clinton
Spencer Charters ...
Old Doctor
Donald Briggs ...
New Doctor
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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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L'école du crime  »

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

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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 »

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Judge Clinton: You have quite a record, haven't you, Charles?
Spike: It'll do.
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Connections

Referenced in The Monkees: Monkee Mother (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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no such thing as a bad kid
8 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Dead End Kids star with Humphrey Bogart in "Crime School," a 1938 film from Warner Brothers.

The boys live in a rough neighborhood. They steal things and bring them to a fence, whom Spike accidentally kills. They are sent to reform school, but the school turns out to be more like a prison, run by a horrible warden (Cy Kendall) and his henchman (Weldon Heyburn).

Bogart plays Braden, the new Deputy Commissioner of Correction. When he comes for a visit he sees Frankie (Billy Halop) untreated in the hospital with lash wounds all over his back. He tastes the food, which is inedible. He fires the warden and several guards. He fires the drunk doctor. The bars come off the windows, the food is better, the kids are in training for various skills, no more whippings.

Then the henchman, still working there, sets Braden up to take a big fall by convincing Spike (Leo Gorcey) to take his car keys and escape. Of course the rest of the boys come with him.

Entertaining, with Bogart playing a nice guy. Gale Page is Frankie's sister. If you like the Dead End Kids, this is okay, though I understand it's not their best.

Of interest, "under God" is left out of the Pledge of Allegiance.


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