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Juvenile Court (1938)

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... See full summary »

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D. Ross Lederman

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Michael L. Simmons (original screen play), Robert E. Kent (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Kelly ... Gary Franklin
Rita Hayworth ... Marcia Adams
Frankie Darro ... Stubby
Hal E. Chester Hal E. Chester ... Lefty (as Hally Chester)
Don Latorre Don Latorre ... Mickey
David Gorcey ... Pighead
Richard Selzer Richard Selzer ... Ears (as Dick Selzer)
Allan Ramsay Allan Ramsay ... Davy
Charles Hart Charles Hart ... Squarehead
Howard Hickman ... Governor Stanley
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Filhos do Desprezo See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Plot straight from Boys Town
8 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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