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The Devil's Party (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 2 June 1938 (USA)
Adults who grew up as slum kids meet later in life, but murder disrupts their reunion.

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (screenplay), Borden Chase (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Marty Malone
William Gargan ... Mike O'Mara
Paul Kelly ... Jerry Donovan
Beatrice Roberts ... Helen McCoy
Frank Jenks ... Sam
John Gallaudet ... Joe O'Mara
Samuel S. Hinds ... Justice Harrison
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Frank Diamond (as Joseph Downing)
Arthur Hoyt ... Webster
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Four boys and a girl form a gang in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City, and in the course of committing a crime they start a fire, leading to one of them being caught and sent to the reformatory. Years later, the five of them make a practice of meeting once a year. Marty, the one who had been caught, now runs a night club and gambling house, while Helen is a singer who performs there. Jerry is now a priest, while the two O'Mara brothers have become policemen. On the night of their reunion, the O'Mara brothers are called to investigate the death of one of Marty's customers. Marty knows that two of his enforcers are responsible, so he sends them back to cover up the evidence. But one of the O'Mara brothers confronts them, with violent results that will set the former friends against one another. Written by Snow Leopard

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Death to squealers!

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell's Kitchen Has a Pantry See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Universal Pictures production number 910. See more »

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At the end of the movie, the memorial park sign, shown twice, dedicates the park to the Boys of Hell's Kitchen. In the playground scene, there are plenty of Girls in dresses. See more »

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Things Are Coming My Way
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Devil's Party, The (1938)

** (out of 4)

Okay, the story here is pretty confusing but I'll try to explain it. Four kids, growing up in Hell's Kitchen, have their lives changed when the oldest pulls a prank, which sets a warehouse on fire. He's sent to reform school but twenty years later he's out on the streets as a gambler/night club owner. Two of the other friends are cops and another is a priest. The gambler sends a couple men to rough a guy up but they eventually kill him and the two cops are put on the case. This film only runs 61-minutes but it seems the screenplay was missing around twenty minutes worth of additional footage that might have tied up various plot holes. With that said, I found myself somewhat entertained but there's really nothing going on in the film. I've heard this was an influence on Leone's Once Upon a Time in America but that connection would be very loose. Victor McLaglen stars.


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