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Hell's Kitchen (1939)

 -  Drama  -  8 July 1939 (USA)
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A paroled convict's efforts to improve conditions at a boys' reform school alarm the school's corrupt warden, who has been embezzling funds from the institution. He hatches a plan to derail... See full summary »

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The 'Dead End' Kids
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Jim
Stanley Fields ...
Buck
Billy Halop ...
Tony
Bobby Jordan ...
Joey
Leo Gorcey ...
Gyp
Huntz Hall ...
Bingo
Gabriel Dell ...
Ace
Bernard Punsly ...
Ouch (as Bernard Punsley)
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Soap
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Krispan
Frederic Tozere ...
Mike Garvey (as Fred Tozere)
Arthur Loft ...
Elmer Krispan
Vera Lewis ...
Sarah Krispan
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A paroled convict's efforts to improve conditions at a boys' reform school alarm the school's corrupt warden, who has been embezzling funds from the institution. He hatches a plan to derail the reformed convict's efforts and have him sent back to prison, and part of that scheme involves cracking down hard on the reform school's inmates. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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THE RIGHT ROAD...OR THE 'LAST MILE' -- WHICH WAY ARE THEY HEADED? (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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8 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sucursal do Inferno  »

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Don Turner (Chick), Robert Strange (Callahan) and Jimmy O'Gatty (Mug) are listed in studio records for those roles, but were not seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Buck Caesar: [to the boys] I'm not going back to jail because I hit him, I'm going back because nobody ever told me what I'm about to tell you. Now it's allright for you guys to like me, but it ain't allright for you to be like me.
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Followed by Give Us Wings (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by Stanley Fields and the boys
Played during the end credits
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A good Dead End Kids melodrama.

The Dead End Kids are unfortunate residents of the crookedly run Hudson Boys Shelter. Paroled gangster Buck Ceaser is advised by his lawyer nephew that making a contribution to the shelter would be good for his image. For a while conditions at the shelter improve, but Krispen, the shelters warden, fears the contributions from Caeser might raise suspicion, and lead to an audit. An audit is the last thing Krispen wants. Krispen fears an audit would certainly expose his clever graft scheme. Krispen arranges for Ceaser to get into a fight, thus violating his parole. With Caeser out of the way, Krispen returns to his iron fist rule over the boys. Krispens favorite punishment is locking unruly boys in "the cooler." When Joey (Bobby Jorden) causes Krispens wrath, he locks Joey in the cooler. Joey, a weak sickly boy dies as result of his stretch in the cooler. Krispen arranges a private funeral. At the funeral the arrogant Krispen delivers an eulogy that blames the boys. This causes the boys to revolt and take control of the shelter. The boys put Krispen on a mock trial. The Verdict: Krispen is to "join Joey." This is my favorite Dead End Kids film. The boys are all in top form and they overshadow the films star lead Ronald Reagan. Frankie Burke, who played James Cagney as a boy in ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES, plays a member of the gang in this one. His resemblance to James Cagney was uncanny.










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