The Info List - Crime School

Crime School
Crime School
is a 1938 Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
film directed by Lewis Seiler
Lewis Seiler
and starring the Dead End Kids
Dead End Kids
and Humphrey Bogart.


1 Plot 2 Background 3 Cast

3.1 The Dead End Kids 3.2 Additional cast

4 Home media 5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] A junkman (Frank Otto) does business with the Dead End Kids: Frankie (Billy Halop), Squirt (Bobby Jordan), Spike (Leo Gorcey), Goofy (Huntz Hall), Fats (Bernard Punsly), and Bugs (Gabriel Dell). When the boys ask for a $20 payoff, "Junkie" says "Five is all you'll get. Now take it and get out of here." In a rage, Spike strikes the man in the back of the head with a hard object, and the junkman falls to the floor and doesn't move. When Judge Clinton (Charles Trowbridge) cannot convince the boys to divulge which one struck the damaging blow, they are all sent to reform school. The harsh warden of the reformatory, Morgan (Cy Kendall), inflicts discipline at the school and flogs Frankie after he tries to escape. The superintendent of the state reformatories, Mark Braden (Humphrey Bogart), visits the school and finds evidence of Morgan's subtle cruelty, as in feeding his new inmates poor-quality food. He then visits Frankie in the hospital ward, finding him untreated and the doctor inebriated. As a way of starting over, he fires the doctor, Morgan, and four ex-convict guards, while retaining the head guard, Cooper (Weldon Heyburn). Braden takes charge of the reformatory himself and wins over the boys' cooperation by considerate treatment, while romancing Frankie's sister, Sue Warren (Gale Page). Meanwhile, Cooper is afraid that Braden will learn of Morgan's embezzlement of the food budget, which would implicate him as well. He learns that Spike is the one who dealt the blow to the junkman and blackmails him. He gets him to tell Frankie that Braden's generous treatment is due to his sister's acceptance of Braden's attentions. Although untrue, it causes the kids to escape from the school in Cooper's car with his gun. They go to Sue's apartment, and Frankie climbs the fire escape with the gun to confront Braden, but Sue and Braden dispel Frankie's suspicions. Meanwhile, Cooper "discovers" that the kids have escaped, and Morgan calls the press to discredit Braden and get him fired. But, Braden drives the boys back to the reformatory and gets them into their beds, before the Commissioner (Frank Jaquet), alerted by Morgan, arrives for an inspection with the police in tow. Their plot foiled and their fraud uncovered, Morgan and Cooper are arrested. The boys are subsequently paroled into the care of their parents. Background[edit]

As this was a Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
film and not a United Artists' film like Dead End, they advertised the kids as 'The Crime School
Crime School
Kids' in this film, and their next, Angels with Dirty Faces. However, the name did not catch on and they remained 'The Dead End Kids'.[1] Before the film was released, Halop, Dell, Hall, and Punsly were released from their contracts by Warner Brothers and they went on to make a film at Universal, Little Tough Guy. The success of this film caused Warner to reconsider and they were rehired at a substantial raise.[2] The Dead End Kids
Dead End Kids
received top billing over Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
for Crime School, with their typeface also larger than Bogart's in posters and advertising.

Cast[edit] The Dead End Kids[edit]

Billy Halop
Billy Halop
as Frankie Warren Bobby Jordan as Lester "Squirt" Smith Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
as Richard "Goofy" Slade Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
as Charles "Spike" Hawkins Bernard Punsly
Bernard Punsly
as George "Fats" Papadopolos Gabriel Dell
Gabriel Dell
as Timothy "Bugs" Burke

Additional cast[edit]

Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
as Deputy Commissioner Mark Braden Gale Page
Gale Page
as Sue Warren George Offerman, Jr. as Red Weldon Heyburn
Weldon Heyburn
as Cooper Cy Kendall as Morgan Charles Trowbridge
Charles Trowbridge
as Judge Clinton Spencer Charters as Old Doctor Donald Briggs
Donald Briggs
as New Doctor Frank Jaquet as Commissioner Helen MacKellar as Mrs. Burke Al Bridge
Al Bridge
as Mr. Burke Sibyl Harris as Mrs. Hawkins Paul Porcasi
Paul Porcasi
as Nick Papadopolos Frank Otto as Junkie Ed Gargan as Officer Hogan James B. Carson as Schwartz Hally Chester as Boy

Home media[edit] Warner Archives released the film on made to order DVD in the United States on August 4, 2009. References[edit]

^ Hayes, David and Brent Walker (1984). The Films of The Bowery Boys. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press. ^ Hayes, David and Brent Walker (1984). The Films of The Bowery Boys. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press.

External links[edit]

Crime School
Crime School
on IMDb

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Dead End Kids

Gabriel Dell
Gabriel Dell
 • David Gorcey
David Gorcey
 • Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
 • Huntz Hall
Huntz Hall
 • Billy Halop
Billy Halop
 • Bobby Jordan

Dead End Dead End Crime School Angels with Dirty Faces They Made Me a Criminal Hell's Kitchen The Angels Wash Their Faces On Dress Parade

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Films directed by Lewis Seiler

No Man's Gold
No Man's Gold
(1926) The Great K & A Train Robbery (1926) Outlaws of Red River
Outlaws of Red River
(1927) Tumbling River
Tumbling River
(1927) Square Crooks
Square Crooks
(1928) A Song of Kentucky
A Song of Kentucky
(1929) The Ghost Talks (1929) Frontier Marshal (1934) Charlie Chan in Paris
Charlie Chan in Paris
(1935) Here Comes Trouble (1936) The First Baby (1936) Career Woman (1936) Turn Off the Moon
Turn Off the Moon
(1937) Crime School
Crime School
(1938) Penrod's Double Trouble
Penrod's Double Trouble
(1938) Heart of the North
Heart of the North
(1938) The Kid from Kokomo
The Kid from Kokomo
(1939) You Can't Get Away with Murder
You Can't Get Away with Murder
(1939) Hell's Kitchen (1939) Dust Be My Destiny
Dust Be My Destiny
(1939) It All Came True
It All Came True
(1940) Murder in the Air (1940) Flight Angels
Flight Angels
(1940) Tugboat Annie Sails Again
Tugboat Annie Sails Again
(1940) South of Suez (1940) Kisses for Breakfast (1941) The Smiling Ghost
The Smiling Ghost
(1941) You're in the Army Now
You're in the Army Now
(1941) The Big Shot
The Big Shot
(1942) Pittsburgh (1942) Guadalcanal Diary (1943) Something for the Boys (1944) Molly and Me
Molly and Me
(1945) Doll Face
Doll Face
(1945) If I'm Lucky (1946) Whiplash (1948) Breakthrough (1950) The Tanks Are Coming (1951) The Winning Team
The Winning Team
(1952) Operation Secret
Operation Secret
(1952) The Bamboo Prison
The Bamboo Prison
(1954) Women's Prison (1955) Over-Exposed
(1956) The True Story of Lynn S