Crime School with Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, and the Dead End Kids. Neighborhood delinquents Frankie, Squirt, Spike, et al (The Dead End Kids) almost kill their pawnshop 'fence' in a disagreement over the payment for stolen goods. They are caught and sent to a corrupt reform school with a reputation for graduating hardened criminals. Luckily for them there is new Deputy Commissioner, Mark Braden (Humphrey Bogart). Braden sweeps into the reform school the day after the Kids arrive and cleans house of the crooked superintendent and most of the bad guards. He takes over operations and slowly wins the respect of the Kids (and starts to date Frankie's pretty sister, Sue (Gale Page)). Unfortunately the corrupt head guard has managed to survive the house cleaning and works to undermine Braden and ruin the Kids' chances of parole.
This is the second of five 1938 Bogart movies that TCM showed as part of a Bogie weekend. Busy fellow.
Gale Page and Humphrey Bogart