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The Little Red Schoolhouse (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 2 March 1936 (USA)
Upset by discipline at school, a 17-year-old runs away to New York City and learns there are worse problems than going to his little red school house.


Charles Lamont


Paul Perez (original story), Paul Perez (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Frank 'Frankie' Burke
Lloyd Hughes ... Owen Rogers
Dickie Moore ... Dickie Burke
Ann Doran ... Mary Burke
Corky Corky ... Corky, Frankie's Dog
Richard Carle ... The Professor, a Hobo
Ralf Harolde ... Pete Scardoni
Frank Sheridan ... Warden Gail
Matthew Betz ... Bill, the Tough Hobo (as Mathew Betz)
Kenneth Howell ... Schuyler Tree
Sidney Miller ... Sidney Levy
Gloria Browne Gloria Browne ... Shirley
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Edward 'Ed', Pete's Henchman
Lew Davis Lew Davis ... Mac, Pete's Henchman (as Lou Davis)
Fred Kelsey ... First Detective


Upset by discipline at school, a 17-year-old runs away to New York City and learns there are worse problems than going to his little red school house.

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Youngsters, good and bad...students, bullies, teacher's pets, flirts, and rowdies. Do you remember them in your own school days? Meet them again in this cross-section of child-hood to-day. See more »




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Release Date:

2 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schoolboy Penitentiary See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its first telecast Saturday 2 March 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Sunday 15 June 1947 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Washington DC Wednesday 29 October 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Sunday 15 August 1948 on WCAU (Channel 10), and in Los Angeles Sunday 10 July 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


When the young man is locking the older man in the closet of the Warden's office, the door knob is on the right-hand side of the door and there is a wooden office chair sitting to the left of the door. In the next scene, the door knob is on the left-hand side and there is a leather chair sitting to the left of the door. See more »


Baa! Baa! Black Sheep
Sung by the children at school
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Study hard and stay in school
14 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In its clumsy and poverty row way Chesterfield Pictures The Little Red Schoolhouse is a reminder to the youth of America to stay in school and study. Quit and you wind up like Frank Coghlan who stumbles his way into association with a heist gang and a murder rap.

Even though Lloyd Hughes is courting Coghlan's sister and fellow school teacher Ann Doran he wants Coghlan to tow the mark in school. Not happy with that Coghlan quits and becomes one of the wild boys of the road.

Even though he's caught in a far away city for the things I describe he won't even tell them his name lest the family honor be besmirched. And Coghlan's dog goes with him everywhere even to juvenile prison. In real life the poor pooch would have been put down.

A really improbable story with some unbelievable characters in the tale.

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