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Public Defender Gary Franklin, frustrated by being unable to save criminal Dutch Adams from a death sentence by blaming the slums environment as the cause of Dutch's crimes, enlists the aid of Dutch's sister, Marcia Adams, to get the slum dwellers at appeal for public monies to provide recreational places for the slum kids. The Governor provides seed money for the creation of PAL (the Police Athletic League) and all is going well until "Stubby" Adams holds up the box office at a fund raiser for the PAL, and puts the project in jeopardy. Do-gooder story aside, the film is basically a Columbia version of the Dead End Kids, with the hard-headed Darro standing in for Leo Gorcey and Hally Chester as his stand-in Huntz Hall-like punching bag. Written by
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Released the same year as "boys town" ,this "juvenile court" deals with the same subject ,Tracy's Father Flannagan being replaced by a lawyer with a big heart .It's shorter ,with a running time of 60 min.
Full of finer feelings ,featuring a gorgeous but essentially decorative young Rita Hayworth who could sing "blame it on mama" here,like she would do in "Gilda", for the lawyer insists these young boys are bad because they come from the wrong side of town ,from the slums.That's why he fails to save the big brother:"you too,says the judge ,come from the poor part of town ,and however ,you made your way";one should note that the magistrate does not let the lawyer answer :maybe he would have argued that he had a papa and a mama who took care of him,even if they were uneducated .
The Police Athletic League (PAL :what a good idea!)is the way to keep the youth on the straight and narrow through education and sport ;it's more convincing in "boys town" ,but if you want to feel optimistic -which is not obvious through our trouble times- ,you can watch this juvenile court which in the end shows more sympathy for the lowly of birth than the legal one.
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