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22 Ratings

The Mayor of Hell

United States, 1933
Crime, Drama, Romance


Five members of a teen-age gang, including leader Jimmy Smith, are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the melodramatically callous Thompson. Soon, Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner as a political favor, arrives complete with hip flask and blonde.

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The Mayor of Hell Directed by Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz

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  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Mayor of Hell

    **1/2. Flawed movie about an educational project in a reform school. Cagney, a known gangster, backs up an idealistic nurse in her quest and gives life to the Republic of teenagers. It could have been only anecdotal but then the film becomes rather weird with a scene of lynching conducted by raging kids. A curiosity but almost already forgotten alas.

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