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Crime School (1938)

Passed | | 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.


Lewis Seiler, William Clemens (uncredited)


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




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


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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TODAY'S KIDS - TOMORROW'S KILLERS! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Arcadia Theatre -Lubbock, Texas - Dec. 21, 1939 - all caps)


Crime | Drama


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


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 »


Judge Clinton: You have quite a record, haven't you, Charles?
Spike: It'll do.
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Referenced in The Monkees: Monkee Mother (1967) See more »


Rain, Rain, Go Away!
Traditional English nursery rhyme
Sung by Huntz Hall as the gang enters the reformatory in the rain
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Crime School is a mediocre film, but
23 October 2002 | by emoreno-1See all my reviews

Crime School is a mediocre film, but still a good performance by Bogart. One of the Dead End Kids films, it struggles to keep you interested. The Dead End Kids are, well dead. The acting is very poor and the characters and almost annoying with the over done accents and supposed gang behavior. The main problem which contributes to the entire films downfall is the unrealistic dialog and actions. When one of the kids shows up at the pawnshop with a 100 lb cast iron bathtub, you roll your eyes. But when Cy Kendell gets fired from a job he has had for 12 years and he puts up almost no protest you have to reach for remote and try not to stop the tape. Its finer points are the moral and political statements the film makes on reforming child criminals. Sadism versus compassion, hate verses love, good points clouded by comical attempts at portraying tough street kids. Bogart is a great actor and plays the part well, of all the characters in the film his is the most believable and entertaining. Definitely not one of Lew Seiler's best movies. I would not rent it unless you are old enough to connect for nostalgic reasons, but if it shows on TV it is worth muddling through it.

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28 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'école du crime See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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