A new inmate at a juvenile reformatory tries to organize a mass breakout.



(original screenplay)


Cast overview:
Robert Dean
Bobby Jordan ...
Pinkey Leonard
Charlotte Wynters ...
Adele Webster
Arnold Frayne
Tommy Bupp ...
Fibber Regan
Louie Miller
Mac Grady
Sheila Bromley ...
Mrs. Regan
Vernon Dent ...
Cook Howard
Greta Granstedt ...
Paul Everton ...
Gov. Spaulding
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Doctor Blakely
Joe Caits ...
Jim Leonard


After a boy is killed while attempting an escape from the Garfield State School, Robert Dean, assistant warden of the state penitentiary, is appointed superintendent of the reformatory. Some moves he makes to lessen that harsh conditions immediately wins him the friendship of the kindly resident physician, Dr. Hector Blakely and the school psychiatrist, Dr. Adele Webster. A riot wrecks the mess hall, and Dean, learning of the bad food served the boys, orders enough flapjacks made to fill their empty stomachs. He them makes the crooked food contractors eat their own wares. Dean then dismisses all of the guards after he discovers their chief, Mac Grady, forcing little Fibber Regan to eat soap as a cure for lying. The boys are told they can manage themselves and Dean places them on their honor not to escape. Grady, who wants Dean's job, alters commitment papers and sends incorrigible Louie Miller to Garfield, and orders him to make trouble. Dean overhears Pinkie Leonard refusing to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BLASTING THE LID OFF AMERICA'S REFORM SCHOOLS ! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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20 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Orphans of the Law  »

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1.37 : 1
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The original picture negative of this film is in the collection of The Library of Congress, but has no soundtrack. See more »

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