Reform School (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

Reform School (1939)




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In this lighthearted drama featuring an all African-American cast, a woman takes over a reform school that has utilized strict rules and changes it over to the honor system. At first her unorthodox methods are derided, but then she proves that the kids really do better when given responsibility.


Louise Beavers
as Mother Barton
Reginald Fenderson
as Freddie Gordon
Monte Hawley
as Jackson
Edward Thompson
as Reform School Official
Vernon McCalla
as Reform School Official
Alfred Grant
as Jones, the Guard
Edward Patrick
as Mr. Gordon
Charles Andrews
as Gas Station Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Reform School

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The several hundred theatres catering to Negro patrons have a good bet in this one, with Louise Beavers heading an all-Negro cast.

January 25, 2021 | Full Review…

No, it's not a new story. But the story is only incidental to the innate, uncanny beauty which Louise Beavers brings to her interpretation.

January 26, 2021 | Full Review…

[Louise Beavers's] struggle is vividly described in characterizations, situations and dialogue.

January 26, 2021 | Full Review…

The whole cast can be applauded for their acting and portraying of the parts.

January 25, 2021 | Full Review…

[Director Popkin] has done a thorough and competent job serving up this nicely balanced film in palatable fashion.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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