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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Chain-gang labor...'concentration camps'...a thing of the past! See more »

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8 July 1939 (USA)  »

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A Sucursal do Inferno  »

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1.37 : 1
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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

Ace: He killed Joey.
Whitey: Yeah, he did it.
Soap: Yeah, Krispan killed him.
Gyp Haller: Yeah, Krispan did it.
Patrick Henry 'Ouch' Rosenbloom: Yeah, Krispan killed him.
Tony Marco: He killed Joey.
Mike Garvey: He killed Joey.
Group Actors: He killed Joey, he killed Joey, he killed Joey, he killed Joey, he killed Joey.
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Follows Code of the Streets (1939) 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 rare case where I liked the remake a bit more...and that IS rare!
21 September 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The fact that this is a remake of a 1933 film and a reworking of a film made in 1938 is not that unusual for Warner Brothers. Often they remade films only a year or two or three later. Other studios often did the same but Warner seemed to do it a lot.

In spite of this being a remake, and I usually hate remakes, I found I enjoyed this every bit as much as the other two films--perhaps a little more. This is because instead of the tough guys Cagney or Bogart playing the lead, this one had Stanley Fields who brought an entirely different element. He was much larger and scarier looking but also had a comedic edge to him--sort of like a big criminal teddy bear!! The only part that didn't work for me was the whole hockey team angle--that was weird and the street kids seemed practically like champion skaters almost immediately! Still, this is an enjoyable Warner film and another chance to see the early (and best) incarnation of the Dead End Kids--a group that morphed and changed a lot over the years as the East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys (which were almost like a parody of the Dead End Kids). Well worth seeing.


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