First Offenders (1939)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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That fine stage and screen actor Walter Abel enjoys a rare movie starring role in Columbia's First Offenders. Upset with the rising phenomenon of juvenile delinquency, district attorney Gregory Stone (Abel) resigns from office to become a full-time reform crusader. His pet project is a work farm, where would-be delinquents can learn a useful trade and become worthwhile members of society. Fred Gray (Johnny Down), one of the kids that Stone sent "up the river" during his DA days, vows revenge upon his release, but even he finds redemption on Stone's youth farm. Beverly Roberts provides the frankly dispensable romantic interest.

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foil [thwart], retraining, bad-guy-turns-good, delinquency, farming, ideals, lawyer, reform [improve], revenge, teenagers