Hell's House and Bette, Barely in the Picture
Movie Lover: Laura Demilio
Pittsburgh, PA US
-- July, 8, 2005
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.
Movie Lover: henri donadille
clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR
-- May, 8, 2004
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!