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Hell's House

Starring: Bette Davis & Pat O'Brien Director: Howard Higgin
A young man is sent to juvenile prison where he is subjected to inhuman abuse.
Hell's House
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1932
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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An orphan is pushed to the limits of suffering when he is sent to a juvenile detention hall. Jimmy is sentenced to a term of hard labor after taking the rap for a bootlegger. Greeted at the reformatory gates by the howls of punished boys and the frail bodies of teenage laborers, he soon learns that there are even worse horrors in store for him. The severe treatment threatens the life of his friend Shorty, and Jimmy risks his own safety to save him. After making a daring escape, Jimmy pleads with Matt Kelly (Pat O'Brien) and Peggy Gardner (Bette Davis) to expose the brutality of juvenile hall and free his dying friend.

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.

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A naive child takes the rap for a bootlegger and is sent to an appalling reformatory.

Plot Keywords:

Framed | Suspense | Thriller | Vintage | Women In Prison

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Customer Rating: Rating 2.9
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Rating 4.0 Hell's House and Bette, Barely in the Picture Movie Lover: from 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.


Rating 4.0 Hell's House Movie Lover: from 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!


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  • Sales Rank: 7,983
  • UPC: 089218424792
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