Hell's House

Directed by Howard Higgin

Release Year: 1932
Running Time: 71
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Drama
     

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Cast
Bette Davis
Emma Dunn
Charley Grapewin
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Junior Durkin
Pat O’Brien

Crew
Directed by Howard Higgin

Independently produced by Bennie Zeidman, HELL'S HOUSE (1932) is a Pre-Code melodrama that captured Bette Davis and Pat O'Brien just before they were catapulted to superstardom at Warner Bros. An exposé of the American penal system (not unlike I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang and The Mayor of Hell), HELL'S HOUSE stars Junior Durkin as a wholesome farmboy who moves to the city after the death of his mother. Dazzled by the smooth talk and beautiful girlfriend (Davis) of a wily bootlegger (O'Brien), the naive lad runs afoul of the law and is sentenced to a brutal reform school. Abandoned by the legal system, the boy's only hope is the conscience of the criminal responsible for him being there.