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Crime School (1938)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 28 May 1938 (USA)
A gang of underprivileged teenagers are sentenced to serve two years in a reform school after almost killing a criminal fence who attacked them.

Directors:

Lewis Seiler, William Clemens (uncredited)

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screen play), Vincent Sherman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Mark Braden
The Dead End Kids The Dead End Kids ... (as The 'Dead End' Kids)
Gale Page ... Sue Warren
Billy Halop ... Frankie Warren
Bobby Jordan ... Squirt
Huntz Hall ... Goofy
Leo Gorcey ... Spike
Bernard Punsly ... Fats (as Bernard Punsley)
Gabriel Dell ... Bugs
George Offerman Jr. ... Red
Weldon Heyburn ... Cooper
Cy Kendall ... Morgan
Charles Trowbridge ... Judge Clinton
Spencer Charters ... Old Doctor
Donald Briggs ... New Doctor
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Storyline

Deputy Commissioner of Correction Mark Braden finds a reform school in terrible condition and assumes control himself. He wins the boy's cooperation by being fair and falls in love with gang leader Frankie's sister Sue. This aides disgruntled employees in challenging Braden. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'école du crime See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

At 44:20 into the film, Mark Braden (Humphrey Bogart) is talking with Judge Clinton. Someone comes to the door and says that Miss Warren is there to see him. On the wall behind the secretary you can see the shadow of the boom mic. See more »

Quotes

Officer Hogan: What are you kids cookin' up now? Some way to rob a bank?
Frankie Warren: Go on! Whatta yuh talkin' about?
Frankie Warren: We ain't done nuthin'!
Officer Hogan: Oh, yeah? Whenever you and your gang get together, I smell trouble in the wind, and it comes down the street like a garbage wagon. Come on, break it up!
[the boys grumble but move]
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Connections

Referenced in The Monkees: Monkees à la Mode (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Stanley Murphy
Sung a cappella by the inmates in the shoe repair shop
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The Mayor of Heck
7 January 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Warner Brothers decided to save a bundle on purchasing new properties for the Dead End Kids. The boys did They Made Me a Criminal a year later which was a remake of The Life of Jimmy Dolan and Crime School is a remake of The Mayor from Hell.

Fellow gangster icon James Cagney starred in The Mayor from Hell which I also reviewed here. Such things as Cagney's motivation and commitment to the reform school and the manner with which the boys take matters into their own hands is pretty grisly. None of that in this kinder, gentler film.

Sleepers has a lot of the same elements in both The Mayor from Hell and Crime School. It's certainly better than Crime School. This was one film whose message was watered down to nothing.

Nevertheless Crime School does have Humphrey Bogart in it and the Dead End Kids are always entertaining.

I wonder what kind of stuff the Dead End Kids would have been turning out had they come along pre-Code?


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