Monday, May 25, 2015

The Devil's Party (1938)

B-crime drama about a group of friends, who grew up on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen and reunite once each year for old times' sake. One of the gang, Marty (Victor McLaglen), has a criminal past, but now runs a successful nightclub. However, the friendships are threatened when one of Marty's regular customers is murdered, and his two old buddies -- now cops -- become involved in the investigation.

A solid, quick-paced programmer running just over an hour, it's nothing special but nonetheless possesses a certain charm for its unpretentious entertainment value, benefiting from good production values and a fine performance by McLaglen.

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