Hell's House

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 ...
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • UPC: 738329115128
  • Original Release: 1932
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 10,217

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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