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Working titles for this film were Battle Cry of City Hall and The Battle Cry of City Hall. Although onscreen credits and contemporary reviews list Sarah Padden in the role of "Mrs. Smith", the Call Bureau Cast Sheet lists Sibyl Harris in the role. It is not known if Harris appeared in another role in the film. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, the "Dead End Kids" were "cleaned up" for this film in response to complaints from parents' organizations. This film was a sequel to the 1938 Warner Bros. film Angels with Dirty Faces. Modern sources add the following actors to the cast: John Hamilton (Assistant Police Chief H. A. Merton), Frank Coghlan, Jr. (Boy), Frankie Burke (Reform school boy with knife), John Ridgely, John Harron and Max Hoffman, Jr. (Reporters), William Hopper (Photographer), Elliott Sullivan (Prisoner), Howard Hickman (Judge), Lee Phelps, Jack Clifford and Tom Wilson (Guards), Edward Keane (Defense attorney), Wendell Niles (Announcer), Harry Strang (Assistant turnkey) and Charles Trowbridge. For additional information about this series and others featuring "The Dead End Kids," for Crime School, and consult the Series Index for "The Dead End Kids," "The East Side Kids" and "The Little Tough Guys."