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Hell's House (January 30, 1932))

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Hell's House
 

Released on January 30, 1932: (running time 68 minutes) Jimmy gets sent to a terrible reform school after he refuses to rat out a bootlegger friend in this movie that got Bette Davis fired from her Universal Studios contract.

Directed by Howard Higgin

The Actors: Bette Davis (Peggy Gardner), Pat O'Brien (Matt Kelly), Junior Durkin (Jimmy Mason), Frank Coghlan Jr. (Shorty), Emma Dunn (Emma Clark), Charley Grapewin (Henry Clark), Morgan Wallace (Frank Gebhardt), Hooper Atchley (Captain of the Guard), Wallis Clark (Wallace Clark), James A. Marcus (Superintendant Charles Thompson), Mary Alden (Lucy Mason), James P. Burtis (detective), Dick Curtis (cop on the beat), Lew Hicks (Bailiff), Earle Hodgins (Joe the street cop), Jack Richardson (detective), Everett Sullivan (doctor)

 

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The Boy and the Bootlegger

In this Great Depression, Bootlegging Whisky drama, Trent Bernard ‘Junior’ Durkin is a teenage boy called Jimmy Mason. In this story, he will hold two dying people in his arms, but in real life it was young Junior Durkin who would not live much longer. Less than three years after making this movie he would die.

Child star Jackie Coogan is best remembered as Uncle Fester on the television show “The Addams Family.” Jackie Coogan was born into a famous and wealthy actor family, so it was natural for him to become an actor. His parents were famous on the Vaudeville and Broadway stages. Little Jackie Coogan became a child movie star, and after meeting Junior Durkin on a movie set, they became fast friends.

One day, almost three years after making this movie, when Junior Durkin was nineteen years old, he visited his pal Jackie at the Coogan family ranch. Jackie Coogan’s father had just purchased a new car, and he took Jackie and Junior on a dove hunting expedition to treat the boys to a fast ride in a brand-new car. While racing along the hills outside San Diego, another car appeared coming around a corner heading towards them. Mr. Coogan swerved quickly to miss the oncoming car, and his new roadster careened off the road and down the hillside, turning over multiple times.

Besides Jackie Cooper Sr. and the two boys, there was another actor and the Coogan ranch foreman in the car. Everyone in the car except Jackie Coogan was thrown from the vehicle and died. Only Jackie Cooper survived that wild ride.

In this tough city drama, Junior Durkin lives on a farm with his mother, but in the first scene she is killed by a hit-and-run driver on the street in front of their house. The young orphan has nowhere to go but to his aunt and uncle in the big city, where he will meet the slick and fast-talking bootlegger who will put him on a path that will end in disaster. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Junior Durkin and Pat O'Brien
Junior Durkin and Pat O'Brien
Junior Durkin
Junior Durkin
Bette Davis
Bette Davis
Bette Davis and Pat O'Brien
Bette Davis and Pat O'Brien
Bette Davis
Bette Davis
Charley Grapewin and Emma Dunn
Charley Grapewin and Emma Dunn
Charley Grapewin and Emma Dunn
Charley Grapewin and Emma Dunn
Emma Dunn
Emma Dunn
Everett Sullivan and Frank Coghlan
Everett Sullivan and Frank Coghlan
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Frank Coghlan Jr. and Junior Durkin
Frank Coghlan Jr. and Junior Durkin
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Hooper Atchley and James A. Marcus
Hooper Atchley and James A. Marcus
James A. Marcus and Morgan Wallace
James A. Marcus and Morgan Wallace
Junior Durkin
Junior Durkin
Junior Durkin and Sherwood Bailey
Junior Durkin and Sherwood Bailey
Junior Durkin
Junior Durkin
Junior Durkin and Charley Grapewin
Junior Durkin and Charley Grapewin
Junior Durkin and Pat O'Brien
Junior Durkin and Pat O'Brien
Junior Durkin
Junior Durkin
Lew Hicks
Lew Hicks
Mary Alden and Junior Durkin
Mary Alden and Junior Durkin
Mary Alden
Mary Alden
Morgan Wallace
Morgan Wallace
Morgan Wallace and Hooper Atchley
Morgan Wallace and Hooper Atchley
Morgan Wallace and Pat O'Brien
Morgan Wallace and Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien and Junior Durkin
Pat O'Brien and Junior Durkin
Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien and Bette Davis
Pat O'Brien and Bette Davis
Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
Sherwood Bailey
Sherwood Bailey
Wallis Clark
Wallis Clark