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Public Defender Gary Franklin, frustrated by being unable to save criminal Dutch Adams from a death sentence by blaming the slums environment as the cause of Dutch's crimes, enlists the aid of Dutch's sister, Marcia Adams, to get the slum dwellers at appeal for public monies to provide recreational places for the slum kids. The Governor provides seed money for the creation of PAL (the Police Athletic League) and all is going well until "Stubby" Adams holds up the box office at a fund raiser for the PAL, and puts the project in jeopardy. Do-gooder story aside, the film is basically a Columbia version of the Dead End Kids, with the hard-headed Darro standing in for Leo Gorcey and Hally Chester as his stand-in Huntz Hall-like punching bag.Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A quick look on Wikipedia tells the real story of the Police Athletic League and how it was founded. For one thing it was founded over 20 years earlier before
this film Juvenile Court came out.
Juvenile Court is yet another of the films that Harry Cohn was using to build up
Rita Hayworth. In this film Rita is the sister of notorious public enemy John
Tyrell and they have a younger brother Frankie Darro who looks like he's going to
go the same route as big brother. In fact the film opens with the cops capturing
Tyrell in a shootout.
Tyrell is found guilty even after an eloquent plea by his public defender lawyer
Paul Kelly. Both Darro and Hayworth vent on Kelly, but after a while Hayworth warms up to him a bit especially after his idea of the Police Athletic
League with the police sponsoring youth activities for the slum kids.
Darro is one tough nut to crack however and he and a few friends nearly wreck
the PAL before it gets off the ground.
The plot if anyone noticed is taken straight from Boys Town. It also has a
generous helping of Dead End kid attitude from Darro and his friends. Still
it certainly didn't hurt Rita Hayworth's career to be associated with Juvenile
Court. At the end there is a quasi judicial juvenile court of sorts.
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