5/10
The have dirty faces but they ain't angels.
7 January 2017
Warning: Spoilers
The he-man woman haters club are invaded by the most unwanted of pests: an intrusive little girl who won't take no for an answer. She is the smart one, it turns out, advising them not to do something that goes all wrong. One is caught and pleads guilty without incriminating his pals, and then poof. Time goes by and that loyal little thug is the king of the old neighborhood known as Hell's kitchen, aka the title, the devil's playground.

This is moderately enjoyable yet more of the same, Dead End on the Hudson as opposed to the East River, and it's the same story of young boys choosing different paths as the big boss us taken down. Victor McLaglen takes on the lead role, holding good natured reunions every year which includes the now older pesky girl (Beverly Roberts) who sings in a night club. Rival gangs cut in, resulting in murder, and from there, it's only a matter of time for violence to erupt and innocent parties to be caught in the middle.

Like "Angels With Dirty Faces", one of the old gang (Paul Kelly) becomes a priest, with the other (William Gargan) remaining with McLaglen. The script is filled to the brim with clichés, and in spite of a fast pace, it often becomes convoluted. Pretty much the same film as "Angels With Dirty Faces" which had the benefit of good acting and a good script. This just ends up with the former.
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