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Hell's Kitchen (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 8 July 1939 (USA)
A group of tough city kids have 'graduated' from reform school and are assigned to a "Boy's Town" type of inmate self-government city shelter. The shelter is run by Hiram Krispan (Grant ... See full summary »


Ewald André Dupont (as E.A. Dupont), Lewis Seiler


Crane Wilbur (screen play), Fred Niblo Jr. (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dead End Kids The Dead End Kids ... (as The 'Dead End' Kids)
Margaret Lindsay ... Beth Avery
Ronald Reagan ... Jim Donahue
Stanley Fields ... Buck Caesar
Billy Halop ... Tony Marco
Bobby Jordan ... Joey Richards
Leo Gorcey ... Gyp Haller
Huntz Hall ... Bingo
Gabriel Dell ... Ace
Bernard Punsly ... Patrick Henry 'Ouch' Rosenbloom (as Bernard Punsley)
Frankie Burke ... Soap
Grant Mitchell ... Hiram Krispan
Frederic Tozere Frederic Tozere ... Mike Garvey (as Fred Tozere)
Arthur Loft ... Elmer Krispan
Vera Lewis ... Sarah Krispan


A group of tough city kids have 'graduated' from reform school and are assigned to a "Boy's Town" type of inmate self-government city shelter. The shelter is run by Hiram Krispan (Grant Mitchell), a crooked superintendent, assisted by Buck Caesar (Stanley Fields), an ex-racketeer on probation. Buck enjoys trying to straighten out the kids and joins with them and social workers Beth Avery (Margaret Lindsay) and Jim Donahue (Ronald Reagan), in getting Krispan removed from his job. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE DIRTY-FACED ANGELS...STILL AS TOUGH AS EVER! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

8 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sucursal do Inferno See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


After being fired from the set of Hell's Kitchen (1939) for slapping a junior member of the cast who had mocked his accent, director Ewald André Dupont spent most of the 1940s in Hollywood as a talent agent and publicist. See more »


Buck Caesar: [to the boys] I'm not going back to jail because I hit him, I'm going back because nobody ever told me what I'm about to tell you. Now it's allright for you guys to like me, but it ain't allright for you to be like me.
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Followed by Give Us Wings (1940) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung a cappella by Stanley Fields and the boys
Played during the end credits
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Cashing In On Boys Town
5 March 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The first of two films in which Ronald Reagan was featured with the Dead End Kids was Hell's Kitchen where after one stint of time in reform school in Crime School, the boys are back in the juvenile joint. The adult players take a distinct back seat to the boys in both these films.

Crime School was an out and out remake of the James Cagney classic The Mayor Of Hell and this one also has aspects of those films in it as well. We've got a self righteous warden of the school in Grant Mitchell who's once again skimming off the tops and treating the kids like dirt. His infamous cooler is an old meat locker where he locks the kids in to 'cool' them off. When one of them dies, it all hits the fan.

Challenging him for control of the institution is paroled racketeer, Stanley Fields who is playing his role like a cut rate Wallace Beery. Ronald Reagan is his nephew and Margaret Lindsay is the secretary of the school under Mitchell and who is ready to quit when Caesar arrives on the scene.

Jack Warner must have really been in a bind here because he even acknowledges a hit film from another studio. One of the reforms that Fields wants to bring in is a kind of self governing institution by the kids like Father Flanagan's Boys Town. In fact I'm sure that's why this film was made, to cash in on the success of Boys Town.

No Oscar winning performances here though like Spencer Tracy's. Still it's entertaining enough.

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