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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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Frankie Warren
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Squirt
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Goofy
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Spike
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Fats (as Bernard Punsley)
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Red
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Morgan
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bugs: [seeing Goofy in an ill-fitting suit] What are you all dressed up for?
Goofy: Me and Pops was over to see Mom. She's in the county jail.
Fats: Yeah? What for?
Goofy: Thirty days. Pop's goin' next 'cause he's gonna beat up Mama when she gts out.
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Referenced in The Monkees: Monkee Mother (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"A boy, not much older than you, was electrocuted tonight in Sing Sing."
29 July 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart takes over a reform school and tries to straighten out the Dead End Kids in this fine urban drama from Warner Bros. It's the second movie featuring the Dead End Kids after their debut in "Dead End" and their first for Warner Bros. This one is essentially a remake of a great Pre-Code movie called "The Mayor of Hell," which was also made by WB and starred James Cagney. That movie was grittier than this one and, since it didn't star the Dead End Kids, was less comedic. That isn't to say this movie is a comedy but the mugging of the Kids brings levity to even the most serious of scripts. Eventually someone would realize the boys were better suited for comedies but in these early dramas they were used to illustrate the plight of tough street kids.

The Dead End Kids have their share of detractors among classic film fans today. Read through some of the reviews of their movies here and you'll come across some very vocal 'haters.' I like them myself, particularly the later movies they did as East Side Kids and Bowery Boys where Leo Gorcey was the leader of the gang instead of humorless Billy Halop. Anyway, the Kids are good here despite drama not being their forte. Humphrey Bogart shines as the good guy, an unusual role for him at this point in his career. Bogart also appeared in "Dead End," although he was a gangster in that one. Gale Page is nice in a sympathetic role as the sister of Halop's character. It's a good movie of its type and I have no doubt fans of the urban crime pictures WB specialized in will like it. And, of course, Bogart and Dead End Kids fans will enjoy it most.


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