Boys' Reformatory

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Released 1939

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Director:
Howard Bretherton
Released:
1939
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Boys' Reformatory is a 1939 crime drama directed by Howard Bretherton. Tommy Ryan (Frankie Darro) is a kind-hearted, hard-working 17-year-old who lives with his foster mother, Mrs. O'Meara (Lillian Elliott). Tommy's foster brother, Eddie (Frank Coghlan, Jr.), could not be more different from Tommy. Although the two are close, Eddie has a taste for the wild things in life, and hangs around with an older boy, Mike Hearn (Ben Welden), who runs a crime ring. When Eddie tries to carry off a dangerous heist, he panics and ends up running back home, seeking the guidance of Tommy. Tommy promises to protect his younger foster brother and tries to dispose of the evidence in a way that will not lead back to the O'Mearas. Instead, the authorities catch Tommy in the act. He decides to take the fall for Eddie, since he does not want to break Mrs. O'Meara's heart. Tommy works hard at the boys' reformatory school and dreams of getting out and starting a new life. When he runs into Eddie at the reform school and realizes that Mike set Eddie up anyway, Tommy is determined to bring Mike to justice, no matter what the cost.moreless
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