Hell's House (1932)

Bette Davis, Pat O'Brien
Howard Higgin
Bette Davis, on loan from Universal Pictures, received top billing for the first time in this small budget drama from B. F. Zeidman Productions Ltd. The story is about an impressionable young boy (Junior Durkin) who finds himself in a reform school, only to escape to tell the world about its brutal conditions. With Pat O'Brien as a friendly bootlegger who befriends the boy, this Depression-era potboiler from director and co-writer Howard Higgin (The Invisible Ray) paved the way for such socially conscious films as Angels with Dirty Faces and Dead End.