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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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Hell's Kitchen  »

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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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Featured in Crime Wave: 50 Movie Mega Pack (2016) See more »

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Things Are Coming My Way
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Neat Little Crime Drama
12 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one wasn't bad - I expected the film to be far worse so it came as a nice surprise. It's not a great story but kinda fun to watch in a way. It's about the kid's club "Hell's Kitchen"... where a gang of kids, 4 boys and 1 girl, become friends. The oldest boy, Marty Malone, accidentally set fire to a building and was sent to reform school. Then the story fast-forwards to their adulthood where we find them meeting every year, the year we peer into their story there is a murder that leads to another murder - Marty Malone is involved.

All grown up: A night club owner, a singer, a priest and 2 cops. I found my favorite of the gang to be the Priest Jerry. He was the one trying to keep the others calm and reasonable.

It's not the grandest of stories but I found this one watchable and enjoyable.

6.5/10


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