The Mayor of Hell (1933)

80, 85, 87 or 90 mins | Drama | 24 June 1933

Director:

Archie Mayo

Cinematographers:

Barney McGill, Merritt Gerstad

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's pre-release title was Reform School . The film took thirty-six shooting days and was made for a total cost of $229,000, according to production records included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library. Modern sources add the following cast: Adrian Morris ( Car owner ), Fred "Snowflake" Toones ( Hemingway ), Wilfred Lucas ( Guard ), Bob Perry and Charles Sullivan ( Collectors ) and Ben Taggart ( Sheriff ). Modern sources add the following crew credits Makeup , Perc Westmore and Asst dir , Frank Shaw. Islin Auster's story was remade by Warner Bros. in 1938 as Crime School (see ... More Less

The film's pre-release title was Reform School . The film took thirty-six shooting days and was made for a total cost of $229,000, according to production records included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library. Modern sources add the following cast: Adrian Morris ( Car owner ), Fred "Snowflake" Toones ( Hemingway ), Wilfred Lucas ( Guard ), Bob Perry and Charles Sullivan ( Collectors ) and Ben Taggart ( Sheriff ). Modern sources add the following crew credits Makeup , Perc Westmore and Asst dir , Frank Shaw. Islin Auster's story was remade by Warner Bros. in 1938 as Crime School (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Jun 33
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 33
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
23 Jun 33
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
20 May 33
pp. 32-33.
New York Times
1 Jul 33
p 16.
Variety
4 Jul 33
p. 16.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 June 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3982
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80, 85, 87 or 90
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Racketeer Patsy Gargan is made deputy commissioner of a reform school as a reward from his corrupt political cronies. Initially, he has no interest in the school, but his sympathy for the boys, who grew up in the slums as he did, and his attraction to the resident nurse, Dorothy Griffith, convince him to take the job seriously. He sends Thompson, the superintendent, on vacation and while he is gone, implements Dorothy's ideas for reform. The school is functioning well under a system of self-government when Patsy is called back to the city to take care of some political business. Patsy shoots another man during a fight and has to go into hiding. Thompson returns to the school and convinces the boys that Patsy has abandoned them. He then starts running things the old way, and when Dorothy protests, he fires her. Then one of the boys, Johnny Stone, dies while in solitary confinement and the boys rebel. Dorothy finds Patsy in his hideout and tells him the whole story. Patsy races back to the school to restore order, having decided to give up his political job to run the school ... +


Racketeer Patsy Gargan is made deputy commissioner of a reform school as a reward from his corrupt political cronies. Initially, he has no interest in the school, but his sympathy for the boys, who grew up in the slums as he did, and his attraction to the resident nurse, Dorothy Griffith, convince him to take the job seriously. He sends Thompson, the superintendent, on vacation and while he is gone, implements Dorothy's ideas for reform. The school is functioning well under a system of self-government when Patsy is called back to the city to take care of some political business. Patsy shoots another man during a fight and has to go into hiding. Thompson returns to the school and convinces the boys that Patsy has abandoned them. He then starts running things the old way, and when Dorothy protests, he fires her. Then one of the boys, Johnny Stone, dies while in solitary confinement and the boys rebel. Dorothy finds Patsy in his hideout and tells him the whole story. Patsy races back to the school to restore order, having decided to give up his political job to run the school permanently. +

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