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Hell's Kitchen (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 8 July 1939 (USA)
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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Jim
Stanley Fields ...
Buck
Billy Halop ...
Tony
Bobby Jordan ...
Joey
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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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Clean sport, self-rule, to help build body and mind...and their future! See more »

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8 July 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sucursal do Inferno  »

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The fifth of seven movies featuring The Dead End Kids. See more »

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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 Mug Town (1942) See more »

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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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Cashing In On Boys Town
5 March 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The first of two films in which Ronald Reagan was featured with the Dead End Kids was Hell's Kitchen where after one stint of time in reform school in Crime School, the boys are back in the juvenile joint. The adult players take a distinct back seat to the boys in both these films.

Crime School was an out and out remake of the James Cagney classic The Mayor Of Hell and this one also has aspects of those films in it as well. We've got a self righteous warden of the school in Grant Mitchell who's once again skimming off the tops and treating the kids like dirt. His infamous cooler is an old meat locker where he locks the kids in to 'cool' them off. When one of them dies, it all hits the fan.

Challenging him for control of the institution is paroled racketeer, Stanley Fields who is playing his role like a cut rate Wallace Beery. Ronald Reagan is his nephew and Margaret Lindsay is the secretary of the school under Mitchell and who is ready to quit when Caesar arrives on the scene.

Jack Warner must have really been in a bind here because he even acknowledges a hit film from another studio. One of the reforms that Fields wants to bring in is a kind of self governing institution by the kids like Father Flanagan's Boys Town. In fact I'm sure that's why this film was made, to cash in on the success of Boys Town.

No Oscar winning performances here though like Spencer Tracy's. Still it's entertaining enough.


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