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Hell's House

Hell's House(1932)

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Brief Synopsis

Jimmy Mason idolizes bootlegger Matt Kelly who is interested in Jimmy's girlfriend Peggy. Unwilling to squeal on his idol, Jimmy winds up in a cruel reformatory where a new- found friend dies from abuse. Jimmy's aunt tells him Peggy is seeing a lot of Matt, so Jimmy escapes.

Cast & Crew

Howard Higgin Director
Bette Davis Peggy Gardner
Junior Durkin Jimmy Mason, Big Boy
Emma Dunn Emma Clark
Charles Grapewin Henry Clark
Morgan Wallace Frank Gebhardt
Hooper Atchley Captain of the guards
Wallis Clark Judge Robinson
James Marcus Superintendent Thompson
Mary Alden Mrs. Mason
Allan G. Siegler Photography

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Atlanta, GA premiere: 10 Feb 1932
Release Date:  1932 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  State Rights
Sound:  Mono (RCA Photophone System) Production Co:  B. F. Zeidman Productions, Ltd.
Duration(mins):  72, 75 or 80 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  8    

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  • a real gem

    Trylon 2018-05-19

    This almost forgotten film deserves to be remembered and watched because it's a good morality story and because the acting is outstanding. Bette... MORE>

  • 3rd of 9 Bette Davis Movies in 1932

    p.h.oenix 2009-07-29

    "Hell's House" gets bad press & reviews for a variety of reasons that I can't agree with. Bette Davis acts out the role of Peggy... MORE>

  • Juvenile Prison Reform

    EmmaJo 2009-06-22

    I've always like Pat O'Brien as a priest.I guess he got good at playing one since he was cast as a priest so often. This time he's a... MORE>