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The Devil's Party (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 2 June 1938 (USA)
Adults who grew up as slum kids meet later in life, but murder disrupts their reunion.

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Four boys and a girl form a gang in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City, and in the course of committing a crime they start a fire, leading to one of them being caught and sent to the reformatory. Years later, the five of them make a practice of meeting once a year. Marty, the one who had been caught, now runs a night club and gambling house, while Helen is a singer who performs there. Jerry is now a priest, while the two O'Mara brothers have become policemen. On the night of their reunion, the O'Mara brothers are called to investigate the death of one of Marty's customers. Marty knows that two of his enforcers are responsible, so he sends them back to cover up the evidence. But one of the O'Mara brothers confronts them, with violent results that will set the former friends against one another. Written by Snow Leopard

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Death to squealers!

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Crime | Drama

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On the set of The Devil's Party, the child actors were nicknamed Father McCarey's Chickens (for director Raymond McCarey), a reference to the novel and 1938 movie "Mother Carey's Chickens". See more »

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Things Are Coming My Way
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Tough Kid/Tough Guy Flick
2 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A group of young kids growing up in Hell's Kitchen form a lifelong bond. Because one refused to rat the others out, he goes to the reformatory. As adults they find their way to conflicting positions in society. Two cops, a priest, and a nightclub owner. The latter is mixed up in some shady dealings, mostly related to gambling. He hires a couple guys to rough a "client" up but they don't heed his limitations and kill the guy. This sets of a series of events where he is now under suspicion and brings about the death of one of his lifelong buddies. The film looks pretty good and it has that cool black and white element. Of course, honor is at the center, but that honor is not respected by the "really" bad guys. Victor McLaglan's character must confront his own miscues and face the music for his actions. It's not a bad movie, but there are absolutely no surprises and the characters actions are frequently pretty hard to swallow.


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