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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 !!Read more ›
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.
A gang of six New York City teens - played by Billy Halop as the excitable leader, Leo Gorcy as the intense, bad one, and Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Bernard Punsly, and Gabriel Dell as the other members - has been going around stealing items in the neighborhood and selling them to a pawn shop operator named Junkie (Frank Otto). When a dispute arises on the gang's compensation, Gorcy injures Junkie, who complains to the police. When none of the gang will tell the judge (Charles Trowbridge) anything, he sentences them all to two years of reform school.
The reform school turns out to be a beastly place, run by its superintendant, Mogan (Cy Kendall), and head guard, Cooper (Weldon Heyburn). Discipline is strict, enforced by a whip and by coal-stoking duty. Food quality is suspect. Corners are cut. Into this steps Humphrey Bogart as a new Deputy Commissioner making an inspection tour. He has already met and formed a good opinion of the Halop's character's sister, Sue (Gale Page). Bogart has a good initial run as a reformer, tossing out some of the crooks and incompetents. When he gets to the accounting records, the Old Guard tries to use Bogart's relationship with Sue as a way to destabilize the new reform school inmates and to at least discredit Bogart. How does this wind up?
The picture is a serviceably good black & white, although there is a steady stream of ignorable artifacts flowing through. The sound it good, if unremarkable. The gang acts up steadily, as people would expect from future Eastside Kids and Bowery Boys. There is no bad language or sex. Violence, drinking, and smoking are either brief or off-screen.Read more ›
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Haven't played this DVD yet, but soon will. Besides, it's film noir 1940s to 1950s movie and what's not to love about that!Published 2 months ago by Rich Holtzin
Another Christmas gift to someone. This person is a fan of the Dead End Kids or the East Side Kids depending on which movies you like the best. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Blue Streak
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