Hell's House

Directed by Howard Higgin
Year: 1932
Running Time: 71 minutes
Country: U.S.
Language: English

Independently produced by Bennie Zeidman, HELL'S HOUSE (1932) is a Pre-Code melodrama that captured Bette Davis and Pat O'Brien just before they were catapulted to superstardom at Warner Bros. An exposé of the American penal system (not unlike I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang and The Mayor of Hell), HELL'S HOUSE stars Junior Durkin as a wholesome farmboy who moves to the city after the death of his mother. Dazzled by the smooth talk and beautiful girlfriend (Davis) of a wily bootlegger (O'Brien), the naive lad runs afoul of the law and is sentenced to a brutal reform school. Abandoned by the legal system, the boy's only hope is the conscience of the criminal responsible for him being there.

Cast
Bette Davis
Emma Dunn
Charley Grapewin
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Junior Durkin
Pat O’Brien

Crew
Directed by Howard Higgin