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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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1.37 : 1
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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

John Brower - Judge's Assistant: Richard Slade.
Goofy: Me mother's in jail, me old man went to get the check. We're on relief.
Judge Clinton: Richard, are you going to help me out and tell me what happened?
Goofy: Sure Judge. I'll tell. I'll confess.
Frankie Warren: Goofy!
Goofy: I'm gonna talk. I'm gonna talk. Well Judge, I'll tell you how it happened. We were forced to do what we done, Judge. You see, Judge, Junkie's the head of a gang of crooks and they had us in their clutches. They was making us steal for them. Then we said we wouldn't steal no more, so they tried to knock...
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Soundtracks

Rain, Rain, Go Away!
(uncredited)
Traditional English nursery rhyme
Sung by Huntz Hall as the gang enters the reformatory in the rain
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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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