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Crime School


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  • Actors: Gale Page Humphrey Bogart
  • Directors: Lewis Seiler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026ZQJ1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crime School" on IMDb

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A crusading warden sets out to improve conditions at a reform school.

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Pay more--get less.
casual observer
The Studios, especially now when sales are down, they should restore anything they transfer to DVD.
William Dakota
By "kindness" & "nice" rehabilitation or by violent corporal punishment & torture ?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dead Elvis 1988 on December 9, 2009
Format: DVD
What a great film this was. I've always enjoyed all Dead End Kids, East Side Kids and Bowery Boys films. For some strange reason this gem is only available in a murky washed out DVD-R transferred version. What a crime in itself either release the film correctly or don't bother at all. What a tease. What a waste of my money and time. The stars are for the movie "not" the Warner Archive Collection DVD-R.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen R. Taylor on June 15, 2010
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I'm a Dead End Kids freak, and I consider this to be their best film. "Dead End" and "Angels With Dirty Faces" were and are better films overall, but "Crime School" showcases the kids more than any other. Billy Halop gets to really act here, ya know? But the DVD itself I found disappointing. 26 bucks plus shipping charges, and they didn't even use a very good-quality copy of the film for this DVD? Really, I've seen this picture on Turner Classic Movies, and they have a better copy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark W. Norton on August 5, 2009
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You can now order this, and all the other WB "Amazon Exclusive" DVDs directly from the Warner Brothers Archive site for $19.95. I've been very happy with the quality of this and all the other discs I've bought directly from them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pro American on September 29, 2010
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This is a really well done crime drama & social commentary about slum life, poverty,juvenile delinquency & life inside a horribly sadistic reformatory, or "Crime School". The film does raise the question : How do you reform a bunch of incorrigible degenerates ? By "kindness" & "nice" rehabilitation or by violent corporal punishment & torture ? Do we handle them with kid gloves or do we whip & beat the daylights out of them ? What's the answer ? This movie was first seen in 1938 & 72 years later we still haven't figured that out. Look at our prisons they are filled & overcrowded.

Back in the 1960's when I was the same age as The Dead End Kids I used to get my bare butt whipped & beaten with a belt by my mother even if I came home 5 minutes late from "Crime School" so to speak. I used to get a paddle ( with holes in it ) from the principal. Crime School was the first film The Dead End Kids made for Warner Bros. After "Dead End" they were so popular they even got top billing over Humphrey Bogart who was 2nd billed under them. Despite the roaring success of "Dead End" Samuel Goldwyn sold their 2 year contract to Jack Warner after The Dead End Kids drove a truck & crashed into a sound stage during the filming of "Dead End" & caused major expensive studio damage to Samuel Goldwyn.

Unlike "Dead End" & Angels With Dirty Faces", "Crime School" gives The Dead End Kids more screen time & center stage for this movie really belongs to them. Bogart has almost as much screen time & is really very good & effective in a rare "good guy" role as deputy commissioner of corrections official Mark Braden. Also Cy Kendall turns in a great performance as the brutally tough superintendant Morgan. I mean he is downright scary !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on December 17, 2006
Format: DVD
It's hard to believe this movie has not been released on DVD. Bogart is an Icon and to think that classic movies like this and the 'African Queen' have not been released is just insane and shameful! A crime indeed! I guess there is always hope as they finally released 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'(an early Newman classic)on DVD. Come on and bring the missing Bogart films and many other classics up to speed. ;-b
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BEWARE! If you are a quick shopper looking for certain DVD titles and low-priced values, you may very well miss the line farther down the page saying this is a DVD-R on demand!

The prices realized for one-off copies of movies is idiotic, and DVD-Rs are more easily damaged than pressed DVDs.

Additionally, none of the "Warner Night at the Movies" bonus features are on this disc! Pay more--get less.

BUYER BEWARE!
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CRIME SCHOOL (1938) gave Humphrey Bogart another chance to get beyond the bad guy roles he seemed trapped in. Here, he's the newly-appointed Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, specifically for reformatories. The first such "school" Bogie visits is little more than a dingy 19th Century prison where a corrupt warden (Cy Kendall) and his assistant (Weldon Heyburn) steal funds, give the "students" rancid food, force them wear rags and sleep on ancient, worn out mattresses. If any kid makes trouble the warden whips him with a cat o' nine tails, then sends him to an infirmary run by a drunken "doctor" (Spencer Charters) who has no credentials for practicing medicine.

The Dead End Kids are all serving a two year stretch after one of them (Leo Gorcey) head bashes a junk dealer from behind and no one will rat him out. Bogart is at their hearing and he takes an interest in them. After learning that the gang's leader (Billy Halop) has been brutally lashed by the warden for an esacpe attempt and is lying untreated in the hospital, Bogie makes a clean sweep. He fires the warden, the head guard (who's the warden's brother-in-law), the pixillated quack physician and four "screws" with felony records.

Bogart assumes the duties of warden. He's clearly trying to improve conditions at the reform school, but the gang, and especially Halop, are certain that he's just another no-good "copper." How can he convince them otherwise, and can he do so with so many enemies inside and outside the school?

It's a competently made prison drama, with no "Bowery Boys" type goofiness beyond their calculated sabotaging of two coal-fired boilers and an exuberant painting party that gets out of hand. These pranks teach them all how childish behavior can have unforeseen consequences.
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