Description

Director: Howard Higgin, 1932

PLEASE NOTE: This is a NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region free release
Independently produced by Bennie Zeidman, HELL’s HOUSE (1932) is aPre-Code melodrama that captured Bette Davis and Pat O’Brien just beforethey were catapulted to superstardum at Warner Bros. An exposé of theAmerican penal system (not unlike I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang andThe Mayor of Hell), HELL’s HOUSE stars Junior Durkin as a wholesomefarmboy who moves to the city after the death of his mother. Dazzled by the smoothtalk and beautiful girlfriend (Davis) of a wily bootlegger (O’Brien), the naïve lad runs afoulof the law and is sentenced to a brutal reform school. Abandoned by the legalsystem, the boy’s only hope is the conscience of the criminal responsiblefor him being there.

Special features:
Mastered in HD from archival 35mm elementspreserved by the Library of Congress

Film Details
US 1932 B&W 71 min 1.33:1
1920 x 1080p

Directed by Howard Higgin
Screenplay by Paul Gangelin and B. Harrison Orkow

Story by Howard Higgin
Produced by B. F. Zeidman

Director of Photography: Allen G. Siegler
With Bette Davis, Pat O’Brien, Junior Durkin,Frank Coghlan Jr., Charley Grapewin, Emma Dunn