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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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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

John Brower - Judge's Assistant: Richard Slade.
Goofy: Me mother's in jail, me old man went to get the check. We're on relief.
Judge Clinton: Richard, are you going to help me out and tell me what happened?
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Goofy: I'm gonna talk. I'm gonna talk. Well Judge, I'll tell you how it happened. We were forced to do what we done, Judge. You see, Judge, Junkie's the head of a gang of crooks and they had us in their clutches. They was making us steal for them. Then we said we wouldn't steal no more, so they tried to knock...
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Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Stanley Murphy
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Predictable vehicle for the Dead End Kids; watchable at the time…
15 April 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"Crime School" is clearly from the same mold as "San Quentin" and Cagney's "The Mayor of Hell."

It is a predictable vehicle for the Dead End Kids, in which Bogart played, in a dull, unemotional style, a deputy commissioner of correction who takes over the running of a reformatory housing the Kids when he finds the warden is a sadist…

There is a threat to Bogart's plan when the Kids escape as part of the warden's calculated attempt to prove Bogart's regenerative prison policies are valueless, but the ruse fails as Bogart gets the boys back winning the solemn recognition of merit…


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