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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The 'Dead End' Kids
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Beth
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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 DEVIL IS THEIR PLAYMATE...SUDDEN DEATH IS THE GAME...IN HELL'S KITCHEN See more »

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Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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8 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This was one of the first films that Broadway columnist-turned-film producer/writer Mark Hellinger worked on at the B-picture unit of Warner Brothers. Hellinger was under close scrutiny by Hollywood columnists to observe how he would perform, and they jokingly referred to this film as "Hellinger's Kitchen". See more »

Quotes

Patrick Henry 'Ouch' Rosenbloom: I nominate Patrick Henry Rosenbloom.
Buck Caesar: Who is Patrick Henry Rosenbloom?
Patrick Henry 'Ouch' Rosenbloom: That's me!
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Followed by You're Not So Tough (1940) 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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Warner crime melodrama is similar to "Angels Wash Their Faces"...
24 August 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Once again RONALD REAGAN is involved with The Dead End Kids, only this time the romantic interest is supplied by MARGARET LINDSAY rather than ANN SHERIDAN. Otherwise, the plot here resembles the studio's other Dead End Kids entry, ANGELS WASH THEIR FACES produced the same year, in that the Kids put the bad man on trial and eventually put him out of business.

GRANT WITHERS is the corrupt principal of a reform school who uses dirty tactics to keep his kids in line, even to the point of punishing a sick kid who fails to survive solitary confinement. It's up to Ronald Reagan, on the good side of the law with Margaret Lindsay, to urge the boys not to take vigilante justice.

Warner Bros. apparently intended this to be a showcase, not for Reagan or Lindsay, but The Dead End Kids who get all the prominence in the script. It's all got a familiar ring, but is directed in brisk style by Lewis Seiler and is lively enough to hold the interest.

Nevertheless, it never rises above the ordinary and the overall impression is that of a formula crime melodrama, the kind that Warners churned out pretty frequently in the late '30s and early '40s.


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