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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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The 'Dead End' Kids
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Jim
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Buck
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Tony
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Joey
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Gyp
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Bingo
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Ace
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Ouch (as Bernard Punsley)
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Soap
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Krispan
Frederic Tozere ...
Mike Garvey (as Fred Tozere)
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Elmer Krispan
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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)  »

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A Sucursal do Inferno  »

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Tony Marco: We call that place Hell's Kitchen, and sometimes we don't say the word kitchen.
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Connections

Remake of Crime School (1938) 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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Well Done "Dead End" Entry
12 October 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Dead End kids may get the billing, but it's really Stanley Fields' (Buck) movie. A Wallace Beery look-a-like, his fractured English and Runyonesque manner hit the right notes for what is really a soft hearted gangster. Seems he's got to help out at a boy's home or he's off probation and into the slammer. Trouble is the boys' home is run by cruel supervisor Krispan (Grant Mitchell in a fine performance), who's also skimming money from donors. So Buck uses gang money to buy in and run the home in a more humane manner. But the scheming Krispan's got other ideas.

The subplot here is interesting since it's the wayward boys and the soft-hearted gangster who come across as humane and just, while the politically connected, respectable guy is the real crook. It's sort of a reversal of what is usually expected, but perhaps not unusual for the restive 1930's.

Anyway, Bobby Jordan (Tony) shows his chops in a nicely calibrated emotional scene, while Gorcey (Gyp) does his tough guy bit, and Halop shows leadership abilities. Surprisingly, Huntz Hall (Bingo) has a secondary, non-comedic role, unlike his later dominating role in the long- running series. Reagan fans may be disappointed since his is also a secondary role, but at least he gets the girl as played by the fetching Margaret Lindsey.

All in all, the movie's an entertaining combo of serious themes seasoned with humor. However that hokey hockey game looked anything but real since there was neither officiating nor penalties for roughhousing. But that's a relatively minor point in an otherwise well executed production.


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