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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 7, 2003
- Originally Released: 1932
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Bette Davis & Pat O'Brien|
|Performer:||Frank Coghlan, Jr., Emma Dunn, Charley Grapewin, Morgan Wallace & Wallis Clark|
|Directed by||Howard Higgin|
|Screenplay by||Paul Gangelin & B. Harrison Orkow|
|Cinematography by||Allen G. Siegler|
|Art Direction by||Edward C. Jewell|
|Story by||Howard Higgin|
|Produced by||B.F. Zeidman|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Hell's House, one of the first dramas to portray the real-life horrors of prison life, is uplifted by strong performances from Bette Davis and Pat O'Brien. Davis, at the height of her talent, was loaned from Universal specifically for this film.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 970 ratings.
I was really expecting a lot more of a Bette Davis vehicle - she wasn't even really her campy, pop-eyed, line-spitting self here, and where did they get that whining boy actor? The reformatory didn't seem as exactly luridly depicted as a viewer might expect an early-1930's place such as that to be - kids were undoubtedly treated a lot worse in detention homes - however, I gave it four stars for effort and melodramatic effect - the Depression absolutely permeates this sad little movie. I wonder if this is the best print available, it does seem a bit worn and crackly, but for me that just adds to the atmosphere.
Enjoyable, early expos? on juvenile reform schools. Durkin is good as innocent boy sent away instead of bootlegger O'Brien. Story is interesting and has a ravishing, lovely young Davis as O'Briens unkowing girlfriend. Creaky at times (in a pleasing way) and as an added attraction is struck from a very good print. Great treat for Davis fans and others should like it as well!
- Sales Rank: 9,182
- UPC: 089218424792
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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