Hell's House

Hell's House

Director: Howard Higgin

Cast: Charles Grapewin, Junior Coughlan, Junior Durkin

     
 

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Bette Davis was on loan from Universal when she appeared in this little juvenile delinquent melodrama from independent producer B.F. Zeidman. Although Davis earned above-title billing (along with Pat O'Brien), Junior Durkin is the real star, a teenager who is sent to juvenile prison after being caught in a raid on a bootlegging establishment operated by Kelly (O'Brien…  See more details below

Overview

Bette Davis was on loan from Universal when she appeared in this little juvenile delinquent melodrama from independent producer B.F. Zeidman. Although Davis earned above-title billing (along with Pat O'Brien), Junior Durkin is the real star, a teenager who is sent to juvenile prison after being caught in a raid on a bootlegging establishment operated by Kelly (O'Brien). At juvenile hall, Jimmy befriends Shorty (Frank Coghlan Jr.), a sickly youth who is subsequently sent to solitary confinement. When it appears that Shorty will die without medical attention, Jimmy escapes and manages to contact Kelly's kindhearted girlfriend, Peggy Gardner (Davis). The latter goes to the newspapers and the resulting uproar helps change the inhuman conditions in the country's youth detentions. Unfortunately, the efforts come too late for Shorty, who has already died from the abuse.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2013
UPC:
0738329115029
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:11:00
Sales rank:
53,849

Special Features

Mastered in HD from an original 35mm print from Bette Davis's personal collection, donated to the Library of Congress

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Grapewin Uncle Henry
Junior Coughlan Shorty
Junior Durkin Jimmy Mason
Pat O'Brien Matt Kelly
Mary Alden Mrs. Mason
James Marcus Superintendent Thompson
Bette Davis Peggy Gardner
Emma Dunn Jimmy's Aunt
Morgan Wallace Newspaper Publisher
Wallis Clark Judge Robinson
Hooper Atchley Sadistic Guard

Technical Credits
Howard Higgin Director,Original Story
Paul Gangelin Screenwriter
Harrison Orkow Screenwriter
Edward Schroeder Editor
Allen G. Siegler Cinematographer
B.F. Zeidman Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hell's House
1. Hit and Run [6:41]
2. Peggy [6:18]
3. Invitation [6:55]
4. New Job [7:39]
5. School for Boys [6:30]
6. Brickyard Duty [5:51]
7. Letter to Kelly [8:28]
8. Loss of Nerve [6:45]
9. Kitchen Detail [7:05]
10. Front Page News [8:52]

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