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Dead End Kids
After their success in the Broadway play of the same name, The Dead End Kids sprang upon an unsuspecting movie-going public in Samuel Goldwyn's 1937 film Dead End, a crime drama featuring Humphrey Bogart.
The success of this film led Warner Brothers to sign the Kids and feature them in six films which starred such screen luminaries as Ronald Reagan, Pat O'Brien, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield and Claude Raines.
The films were the typical Warner fare of serious social/crime dramas with the Kids heavily involved in the plot and also lending some comedy relief. The quality of the films declined until Warner's threw in the towel and the Kids were reborn as the East Side Kids at the king of the poverty row studios, Monogram.
Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, Billy Halop and Bernard Punsley played the Kids. Despite the fact that they played the same basic roles in every picture, their characters were given different names in many of the films, although Billy Halop was always the leader and featured "Kid" in these movies.
Generally, these films are the best made of any of the four series. Dead End and Angels With Dirty Faces are considered classics of the genre. They Made Me A Criminal is notable for its strong performance by future superstar, John Garfield. (Garfield would team up with Halop & Jordan in Warner's 1939 Dust Be My Destiny and with Leo & Bernard Gorcey in Warner's 1941 Out Of The Fog) The last two Warner's films are pretty bad though.
|Quick List of Dead End Kids Films|
1937 - Dead End
1938 - Crime School
1938 - Angels With Dirty Faces
1939 - They Made Me A Criminal
1939 - Hell's Kitchen
1939 - Angels Wash Their Faces
1939 - On Dress Parade
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Dead End - August 1937 - United Artists - Directed by William Wyler
Featuring: Sylvia Sidney as Drina; Joel McCrea as Dave; Humphrey Bogart as 'Baby Face' Martin; Wendy Barrie as Kay; Claire Trevor as Francey; Allen Jenkins as Hunk; Marjorie Main as Mrs. Martin; Billy Halop as Tommy; Huntz Hall as Dippy; Bobby Jordan as Angel; Leo Gorcey as Spit (as Leo B. Gorcey); Gabriel Dell as T.B.; Bernard Punsly as Milty; Charles Peck as Philip; Minor Watson as Mr. Griswald
The story of one day in a slum area of New York. Noted gangster Baby Face Martin, who grew up in the neighborhood, decides to come home to visit his mother and the girl he left behind when he was sentenced to reform school. While he is there he hooks up with Dave Connell, a former friend who is now a struggling architect. At first Connell is a little disturbed that "Marty" is back in the neighborhood, but he goes along with him.
When Marty sees his mother, she rejects him because of what he has become. He later sees his girl Francie, who is now a prostitute in the throes of syphilis. All this turns drives Marty to the edge, which leads to the plot to kidnap the nephew of a prominent judge. When Dave finds out about this, he decides to take matters in his own hands and try to stop Martin's plot.
Crime School - May 1938 - Warner Brothers - Directed by Lewis Seiler
Featuring: Humphrey Bogart as Mark Braden; Gale Page as Sue Warren; Billy Halop as Frankie Warren; Bobby Jordan as Squirt; Huntz Hall as Goofy; Leo Gorcey as Spike; Bernard Punsly as Fats (as Bernard Punsley); Gabriel Dell as Bugs; George Offerman Jr. as Red; Weldon Heyburn as Cooper; Cy Kendall as Morgan; Charles Trowbridge as Judge Clinton; Spencer Charters as Old Doctor; Donald Briggs as New Doctor
The Dead End Kids are sent to a brutal reform school after attacking "Junkie", a fence. Deputy Commissioner of Correction Mark Braden finds the reform school in terrible condition, fires the corrupt warden, Morgan, and several other employees and assumes control himself. He wins the boys' cooperation by being fair and falls in love with gang leader Frankie's sister, Sue. This aides disgruntled employees in unsuccesfully challenging Braden.
Angels With Dirty Faces - November 1938 - Warner Brothers - Directed by Michael Curtiz
Featuring: James Cagney as Rocky Sullivan; Pat O'Brien as Jerry Connolly; Humphrey Bogart as James Frazier; Ann Sheridan as Laury Ferguson; George Bancroft as Mac Keefer; Billy Halop as
Soapy; Bobby Jordan as Swing; Leo Gorcey as Bim; Gabriel Dell as Pasty; Huntz Hall as Crab; Bernard Punsly as Hunky (as Bernard Punsley); Joe Downing as Steve; Edward Pawley as Edwards; Adrian Morris as Blackie
In New York, the boys Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connelly are best friends and small time thieves. After a robbery, Rocky is arrested and sent to a reformatory school, where he begins his criminal career. Jerry escapes and later becomes a priest. After three years in prison, Rocky is released and demands his former partner, lawyer James Frazier, give him his $100,000.00 and his share in the society, and is betrayed. Meanwhile, he becomes the idol of the street kids in the neighborhood. Although following opposite paths in life, Rocky and Jerry are still friends. When Jerry decides to fight against the corruption, Rocky is put against the wall between his friendship with the priest, and his society in dirty businesses with his criminal partners.
They Made Me A Criminal - January 1939 - Warner Brothers - Directed by Busby Berkeley
Featuring: John Garfield as Johnnie; Claude Rains as Detective Phelan; Ann Sheridan as Goldie; May Robson as Grandma; Gloria Dickson as Peggy; Billy Halop as Tommy; Bobby Jordan as
Angel; Leo Gorcey as Spit; Huntz Hall as Dippy; Gabriel Dell as T.B.; Bernard Punsly as Milt (as Bernard Punsley); Robert Gleckler as Doc Ward; John Ridgely as Magee; Barbara Pepper as
Johnnie, a prizefighter, is unwittingly involved in a murder, and unable to prove his innocence, quits boxing and flees to Arizona. He obtains work at a fruit ranch run by a kindly woman known as Grandma. The ranch is worked by delinquent boys for whom Grandma provides a home. Johnnie teaches the boys to box and begins to gentle under the influence of the old woman and her daughter, Peggy. Then a New York police detective shows up...
Hell's Kitchen - July 1939 - Warner Brothers - Directed by E.A. Dupont & Lewis Seiler
Featuring: Margaret Lindsay as Beth; Ronald Reagan as Jim; Stanley Fields as Buck; Billy Halop as Tony; Bobby Jordan as Joey; Leo Gorcey as Gyp; Huntz Hall as Bingo; Gabriel Dell as
Ace; Bernard Punsly as Ouch (as Bernard Punsley); Frankie Burke as Soap; Grant Mitchell as Krispan; Frederic Tozere as Mike Garvey (as Fred Tozere); Arthur Loft as Elmer Krispan; Vera Lewis as
A paroled convict's efforts to improve conditions at a boys' reform school alarm the school's corrupt warden, who has been embezzling funds from the institution. He hatches a plan to derail the reformed convict's efforts and have him sent back to prison, and part of that scheme involves cracking down hard on the reform school's inmates.
Angels Wash Their Faces - August 1939 - Warner Brothers - Directed by Ray Enright
Featuring: Ann Sheridan as Joy Ryan; Billy Halop as Billy Shafter; Bernard Punsly as Sleepy Arkelian (as Bernard Punsley); Leo Gorcey as Leo Finnegan; Huntz Hall as Huntz; Gabriel Dell as
Luigi; Bobby Jordan as Bernie; Ronald Reagan as Pat Remson; Bonita Granville as Peggy Finnegan; Frankie Thomas as Gabe Ryan; Henry O'Neill as Remson Sr.; Eduardo Ciannelli as Martino; Berton Churchill as Mayor Dooley; Bernard Nedell as Kroner; Dick Rich as Shuffle
A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life. However, he gets mixed up with the local mob boss and corrupt politicians and soon finds himself being framed for an arson and murder he didn't commit.
On Dress Parade - November 1939 - Warner Brothers - Directed by William Clemens
Featuring: Billy Halop as Cadet Maj. Rollins; Bobby Jordan as Cadet Ronny Morgan; Huntz Hall as Cadet Johnny Cabot; Gabriel Dell as Cadet Georgie Warren; Leo Gorcey as Slip Duncan; Bernard Punsly as Dutch (as Bernard Punsley); John Litel as Col. Michael Riker; Frankie Thomas as Cadet Lt. Murphy; Cecilia Loftus as Mrs. Neeley (as Cissie Loftus); Selmer Jackson as Capt. Evans Dover; Aldrich Bowker as Father Ryan; Douglas Meins as Hathaway; William Gould as Dr. Lewis; Donald Douglas as Col. Wm. Duncan (as Don Douglas)
WWI hero Colonel Riker now heads Washington Military Academy. His dying pal, Bill Duncan, requests him to school his son Slip, a juvenile delinquent. Slip starts fights, disputes all regulations, but Riker believes in him. When the truth comes out, that Slip got into the academy as a means of evading reform school, Slip leaves, but Jack Rollins tries to stop him. The squad roughhouses Slip, but in the mêlée, Jack is pushed out a window. Hurt badly, he nevertheless begs that Slip be kept. Slip has a change of heart, but now must contend with the boys who hate him.
Little Tough Guys
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At the same time that Warner's was cranking out the Dead End Kids series and Monogram doing the same with the East Side Kids, Universal Studios signed four of the Kids (Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell and Bernard Punsley) and released a series of mostly bad (OK OK just plain awful!) "B" movies and three 12-part serials. Leo Gorcey's brother, David, was featured in several of these unmemorable films.
Generally, the boys retained the same names throughout the series (except the serials). Billy Halop was first Johnny, then Jimmy before becoming Tommy for the duration. Huntz Hall played Pig, Bernard Punsley played Ape, Gabriel Dell played String. Not all the characters appeared in all the pictures. Dead End Kid Bobby Jordan played Rap in 2 of the films and became Tommy(!) in the last entry in the series.
The first film, Little Tough Guy, bad as it may be, is the best of the lot. It's a social/crime drama in the Warner Brothers style. After this the quality of the films falls right off the chart. I can recommend this series only to die-hard fans of the Boys.
Note: In the three films after Little Tough Guy the kids were billed as "Little Tough Guys" and did not feature any of the Dead End Kids. After the Dead Enders re-joined, the kids were billed as "Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys".
|Quick List of Little Tough Guys Films|
1938 - Little Tough Guy
1938 - Little Tough Guys in Society
1939 - Newsboys' Home
1939 - Code of the Streets
1939 - Call a Messenger
1940 - You're Not So Tough
1940 - Junior G-Men
1940 - Give Us Wings
| 1941 - Hit the Road
1941 - Sea Raiders
1941 - Mob Town
1942 - Junior G-Men of the Air
1942 - Tough As They Come
1943 - Mug Town
1943 - Keep 'Em Slugging
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Little Tough Guy - July 1938 - Directed by Harold Young
Featuring: Robert Wilcox as Paul Wilson; Helen Parrish as Kay Boylan; Marjorie Main as Mrs. Boylan; Jackie Searl as Cyril Gerrard; Peggy Stewart as Rita Belle; Helen MacKellar as Mrs. Wanamaker;
Edward Pawley as Jim Boylan (as Ed Pawley); Olin Howland as Baxter; Pat C. Flick as Peddler; Billy Halop as Johnny Boylan; Huntz Hall as 'Pig'; Gabriel Dell as String; Bernard Punsly as Ape; Hal E. Chester as Dopey (as Hally Chester); David Gorcey as Sniper
The son of a man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit vows to become a criminal himself.
When labor activist Jim Boylan is sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, his son Johnny decides to become a criminal in revenge. He gathers together his friends Pig, String, Sniper, and Dopey to form his own street gang. The group goes on a crime spree, financed by mysterious thrill-seeking rich kid Cyril. During a robbery headed by Cyril, Johnny and Pig are trapped by the cops. Pig is shot dead. Cyril actually is the son of the District Attorney who convicted Jimmy's father. Cyril, Jimmy, String, Sniper, and Dopey are all sent to reform school, where Jimmy decides to go straight
Little Tough Guys in Society - November 1938 - Directed by Erle C. Kenton
Featuring: Mischa Auer as Dr. Trenkle; Mary Boland as Mrs. Berry; Edward Everett Horton as Oliver; Helen Parrish as Penny; Jackie Searl as Randolph; Peggy Stewart as Jane; Harold Huber as
Uncle Buck; David Oliver as Footman; Frankie Thomas as Danny; Harris Berger as Sailor; Hal E. Chester as Murphy (as Hally Chester); Charles Duncan as Monk; David Gorcey as Yap; William 'Billy' Benedict as Trouble
A society matron invites the gang to her estate as playmates for her spoiled brat son.
Socialite Mrs. Berry hires a psychiatrist to care for her antisocial, bedridden son Randolph. The doctor determines that if he was exposed to other boys of a lesser social stature he will break out of his shell and resume his place in society. They contact a place in the city and hire six underprivileged kids to come out to the country to help out. The boys who arrive are not the boys who were originally hired, but a gang of misfits who are wanted for destroying a glass factory.
They quickly help Randolph overcome his antisocial behavior and assist in capturing some thieves who broke into Mrs. Berry's residence while Randolph's birthday party was taking place. The boys are then discovered to be on the run from the police, but with the assistance of a judge attending the party, they surrender and agree to return to New York and face their punishment.
None of the original "Dead End Kids" appear in this film and it is not considered canonical by many fans.
Newsboys' Home - December 1938 - Directed by Harold Young
Featuring: Jackie Cooper as Rifle Edwards; Edmund Lowe as Perry Warner; Wendy Barrie as Gwen Dutton; Edward Norris as Frankie Barber; Samuel S. Hinds as Howard Price Dutton; Irving Pichel as Tom Davenport; Elisha Cook Jr. as Danny; Harris Berger as Sailor; Hal E. Chester as Murphy (as Hally Chester); David Gorcey as Yap; William 'Billy' Benedict as Trouble; Harry Beresford as
O'Dowd; Charles Duncan as Monk; Horace McMahon as Bartsch; George McKay as Hartley
A beautiful girl inherits a newspaper that sponsors a charity home for boys.
When a small town sheriff is slain by a big city gangster, his son, "Rifle" Edwards, becomes a vagabond. Arriving broke and hungry in a large city, he seeks food and shelter at the Newsboy's Home, where the kids force him to fight an amateur bout with the champ, Danny Shay, before he can eat. When Rifle knocks out Danny, he is accepted into the gang of newsies. He goes to work selling the Globe, which is published by Howard Price Dutton, the founder and benefactor of the home. When Dutton dies, his daughter Gwen becomes the new publisher. Globe reporter Perry Warner is in love with Gwen, but they quarrel over her ideas about turning the Globe into a highbrow paper. Perry warns Gwen that she will ruin the paper, but she is stubborn and refuses to listen. Meanwhile, crooked politician Tom Davenport buys the opposition paper, the Star , in order to swing the election for his candidates and tries to bribe Perry to work for him. After Perry refuses, Davenport starts a ruthless circulation war and Globe sales begin to fall off dramatically.
Gwen still refuses to heed Perry's advice and abandon her disastrous editorial policies, and in frustration, Perry quits and leaves on a trip. When the Globe can no longer support the Newsboy's Home, Danny and some of the boys go to work for Bartsch on the Star, leaving only Rifle and Sailor behind at the Globe. Perry returns him to find the Globe in dire straights and Gwen tearfully refutes her policies. Assuming editorship of the paper, Perry sets out to whip the Star at its own game. Davenport hires mobster Francis Barber to escalate the circulation war, and Globe trucks are wrecked, news stands smashed and burned. The war comes to a climax when a street fight erupts during which boys from the two rival papers meet in open combat, and police squads are required to quell the riot. Angered because one of his pals has been shot by one of Barber's men, Danny goes to Barber to quit his job while Rifle follows the gangsters to Barber, whom he recognizes as his father's killer.
Barber and his men are preparing to take Rifle "for a ride" when Danny and the newsboys stage a sensational rescue in which they take Barber prisoner and turn him over to the police. With the newspaper war brought to a close, the Globe regains its popularity and Gwen and Perry are married.
None of the original "Dead End Kids" appear in this film and it is not considered canonical by many fans.
Code of the Streets - April 1939 - Directed by Harold Young
Featuring: Harry Carey as Detective Lieutenant John Lewis; Frankie Thomas as Bob Lewis; James McCallion as Danny Shay; Juanita Quigley as Cynthia; El Brendel as Mickhail 'Micky' Bjorgulfsen; Leon Ames as 'Chick' Foster; Paul Fix as Tommy Shay; Marc Lawrence as Henchman Halstead, aka Denver Collins; Dorothy Arnold as Mildred; Harris Berger as Sailor; Hal E. Chester as Murph (as Hally Chester); Charles Duncan as Monk; William 'Billy' Benedict as Trouble (as William Benedict); David Gorcey as Yap; Mark Daniels as Young Man (as Stanley Hughes)
The kids must find evidence for a friend framed for murder.
Hoodlum Tommy Shay is sentenced to die for the murder of Police Lieutenant Carson, although Tommy was in a poker game at the time with a man calling himself "Denver" Collins. Collins has disappeared, and perjured evidence leads to Tommy's conviction. Tommy's younger brother Danny and his gang of alley kids,"The Little Tough Guys" scheme to save Tommy from the electric chair. Police Lieutenant John Lewis, who arrested Tommy, believes he is innocent and goes to the District Attorney and tries so insistently to have the case reopened that he is demoted to a patrolman in the sticks. Bob Lewis, John's son, a radio bug with detective ambitions, starts out on his own to solve the crime and help his father.
Searching for Collins, Bob meets Danny and the Little Tough Guys and they join forces. Acting on a tip, they go to the gambling club owned by Chick Foster and tell him the police have reopened the Carson case and suspect him of being implicated. There, they see a man named Halstead whom they believe to be the missing "Denver" Collins. And with the aid of a phony telegram and a dictaphone planted by Bob, The Little Tough Guys begin to bring law and order to the Gotham streets.
Call A Messenger - November 1939 - Directed by Arthur Lubin
Featuring: Billy Halop as Jimmy Hogan; Huntz Hall as 'Pig'; Robert Armstrong as Kirk Graham; Mary Carlisle as Marge Hogan; Anne Nagel as Frances O'Neill; Victor Jory as Ed Hogan; Buster Crabbe as
Chuck Walsh (as Larry Crabbe); El Brendel as 'Baldy'; Jimmy Butler as Bob Prichard; George Offerman Jr. as Big Lip; Hal E. Chester as Murph (as Hally Chester); William 'Billy' Benedict as Trouble; David Gorcey as Yap; Harris Berger as Sailor
The boys become postal messengers, fight with criminals and try to get the attention of the beautiful postal manager.
Jimmy Hogan, the leader of a gang of street kids who must fight for their existence, is arrested for robbing the Postal Telegraph Service when the police arrive in the middle of the robbery attempt. Feeling sorry for the boy, Kirk Graham, the district manager of the office and a former street kid himself, takes pity on Jimmy and offers him the choice of taking a job as a messenger boy or going to reform school. Jimmy takes the job, and after initial razzing by the members of his gang, he coerces them into enlisting. With Graham's help, Jimmy gets them jobs as messengers boys, and for the first time in their lives, the kids are treated with kindness and respect.
Meanwhile, at home, Jimmy is disturbed that his sister Marge is mixed up with Chuck Walsh, a gangster who has promised to help get their brother Ed out of jail. Jimmy finally succeeds in convincing Mary to stop seeing Walsh and introduces her to Bob Pritchard, a fellow messenger. When Ed is released from jail, he joins Walsh's gang in a series of robberies of postal branches. When Walsh decides to rob Jimmy's office, however, Ed turns against his gangster friends to protect his brother. In the ensuing fight, Walsh shoots Ed and Jimmy races after the gangster. With the help of his fellow messengers, Jimmy brings the gang to justice, and for their honesty and bravery, the "little tough guys" are rewarded with motorcycles to use on their routes.
You're Not So Tough - July 1940 - Directed by Joe May
Featuring: Billy Halop as Tom; Huntz Hall as Pig; Gabriel Dell as String; Bernard Punsly as Ape; Bobby Jordan as Rap; Nan Grey as Millie; Rosina Galli as Mama Posito; Henry Armetta as Salvatore; Eddy Waller as Griswold; Harry Hayden as Lacey; Joe King as Collins; Arthur Loft as Marshall
The boys are hobo's who travel from ranch to ranch to grab meals and win money at crooked dice games. Tommy tricks Mama Posita, the ranch owner into believing he is her long lost son
The Dead End Kids are thrown off a freight train in the California fruit fields. At an itinerant camp, Tom and Pig steal a meal from Millie who is living there with her aunt and uncle. That night, the boys are arrested for vagrancy after a scuffle at a crap game. Impressed by Pig and Tom's work, the sheriff finds the boys a job at Mama Lisa Posito's ranch. There Tom learns that Mama yearns for her long-lost son and decides to pose as the boy in order to steal her money. Learning of the ruse, the sheriff warns Tom that he found the dead body of Mama's son years earlier, but is unable to dash Mama's hopes by telling her the truth.
Soon afterwards, String, Ape and Rap are released from jail and Mama gives them work at the ranch, and Tom sends Mama's foreman Salvatore to offer Millie and her family jobs. As Pig searches the house for Mama's bankroll, Tom is won over by Mama's kindness and generosity and finds himself unable to steal from her. Troubles beset Mama however, when she refuses to comply with the growers' association demand to cut wages. In retaliation, the association begins a truck boycott against Mama, preventing her from transporting her crops to market.
When Mama hires trucks from Sacramento, the growers block the roads leading to Mama's ranch with hired trucks. Just as the crop seems lost, Tommy takes Mama's bankroll to bribe the truckers to leave and then organizes the pickers to force the remaining trucks off the roads with tractors and insecticide. As Tommy breaks through the barrier to drive the crops to market, Mama confides to the sheriff that she knows that Tommy is not her real son, but has become like a son to her.
Junior G-Men - August 1940 - Directed by Ford Beebe, John Rawlins
Featuring: Billy Halop as Billy Barton; Huntz Hall as Gyp; Gabriel Dell as Terry; Bernard Punsly as Lug; Ken Lundy as Buck; Kenneth Howell as Harry Trent; Roger Daniels as Midge (as Roger Daniel); Phillip Terry as Jim Bradford; Russell Hicks as Col. Robert Barton; Cy Kendall as Brand; Ben Taggart as Capt. Severn; Victor Zimmerman as Al Corey, a thug; Edgar Edwards as Henchman Evans; Gene Rizzi as Henchman Foster; Florence Halop as Mary
12 part serial.
The Kids join forces with the F.B.I. to track down the Order Of The Flaming Torch.
A group of saboteurs called the "Order of the Flaming Torch" who are trying to undermine the "social order" of the United States, kidnap several prominent scientists, including the father of a local street gang member. The gang team up with the FBI and the "Junior G-Men" in order to stop the saboteurs..
Give Us Wings - December 1940 - Directed by Charles Lamont
Featuring: Billy Halop as Tom; Huntz Hall as Pig; Gabriel Dell as String; Bernard Punsly as Ape; Bobby Jordan as Rap; Wallace Ford as Mr. York; Anne Gwynne as Julie Mason; Victor Jory as
Mr. Arnold Carter; Shemp Howard as Buzz Berger; Milburn Stone as Tex Austin; Harris Berger as Bud; William 'Billy' Benedict as Link (as Billy Benedict)
The kids build airplane engines but they want to fly planes. Carter, a crooked crop dusting agent who uses dilapidated planes and illegal pilots to cut costs, hires the boys to fly for him
The Kids, who are learning aeronautical mechanics in a National Youth Administration Work Program plant, are taking flying lessons with their meager savings. Although the boys are eager to become pilots, they are ineligible to attend the Civil Aeronautics Authority school because none of them have completed high school. Consequently, when Arnold Carter, an unscrupulous operator of a crop dusting firm, offers them a job flying his decrepit old planes, the boys jump at the opportunity. When they appear for work, however, York, Carter's manager, believes that they are too inexperienced to fly, and so assigns them to ground work while they practice their flying technique.
When Tex, Carter's only experienced pilot, crashes, the company begins to fall behind in their contracts, and so Carter orders the boys into the air. York finally agrees that all the boys, except for Rap who is terrified of flying after witnessing the crash of Tex's plane, can fly, and they take to the air. York also refuses to dust a particular field because of the dangers of its tall groves of trees, and Carter, defying York's judgment, cajoles Rap into doing the job. While flying over the trees, Rap snaps off one of the plane's wings and crashes to his death. Losing his nerve, Carter tries to make a getaway in a plane, but Tom follows in another craft and forces him to earth with a dose of dust. He is met by the other boys, who turn him over to the authorities.
Hit The Road - June 1941 - Directed by Joe May
Featuring: Gladys George as Molly Ryan; Barton MacLane as James J. Ryan; Billy Halop as Tom; Huntz Hall as Pig; Gabriel Dell as String; Bernard Punsly as Ape; Bobs Watson as Pesky; Evelyn Ankers as Patience Ryan; Charles Lang as Paul Revere Smith; Shemp Howard as Dingbat; Walter Kingsford as Colonel Smith; Eily Malyon as Cathy Crookshank; Edward Pawley as Spike the Butcher; John Harmon as Creeper; Charles R. Moore as Martin
The Kids go to live on a ranch owned by the ex-con pal of the boy's father's.
After attempting to break out of their reformatory, the Kids are brought before parole officer Cathy Crookshank. The orphaned sons of gangsters, the boys tell the superintendent that they have little chance of being paroled, as they have no one to sponsor them. Miss Crookshank has the leader of their fathers' gang, Valentine, brought to her office after his release from prison. The gangster argues that he has reformed and is now living on a farm with his wife Molly and their daughter Patience under the name "Ryan." When he learns that the boys are the children of his old gang, however, Valentine agrees to take them. Pesty, a junior member of the gang, is taken in by the ex-gangster as well. The would-be mobsters are dismayed when they are delivered not to the city streets in which they grew up, but to the horse-breeding farm Valentine now calls home. Meanwhile, Spike the Butcher, who had killed Valentine's men ten years earlier, follows the ex-gangster to his farm in hopes of finishing the job.
With the help of his henchmen, Creeper and Dingbat, Spike plans an ambush at the Ryan home, only to have district attorney Paul Revere Smith, who is Pat's sweetheart, show up. Later, the boys take the Ryans' silver and try to steal their station wagon, but a flat tire and an old hunting dog foil their escape plans. Acting on the advice of Paul's father, Colonel Smith, the Ryans raise $50,000 to build a trade school. On the pretext of visiting the dentist, Tom goes into town, where he hopes to plan the gang's escape. He immediately runs into Creeper and Dingbat, who take the youngster to see Spike. Tom tells the gangster about the money for the trade school, and Spike immediately thinks it is a "charity racket." After telling the gangster all, Tom suddenly realizes that he is talking to his father's killer. Tom goes back to his gang, and they plan to protect the charity money from their fathers' killer. Thinking that the gang is attempting to steal Pat's car, Pesty holds the teenagers at gunpoint until they explain their motives. Because of this delay, the boys get behind the colonel's car, and are unable to stop Spike and his mob when they run him off the road and steal the money. With both cars damaged, the gangster takes off on foot, and the teenagers follow in close pursuit.
The colonel, meanwhile, takes Pat's car into town to notify the police. The gangsters manage to get away, and Paul warns Valentine that he is officially listed as a suspect in the robbery. The police return the teenagers to Valentine's home, where they are sent upstairs, only to find Spike and his gang there. Valentine and his family walk into Spike's trap, but the ex-gangster talks his foe into hiding out at the farm until "the heat blows." Miss Crookshank then arrives, and Spike makes plans to use her for his getaway. After the boys break out of the cellar, a fight ensues, and Spike and his mobsters are captured and the money is recovered. The boys are congratulated by the colonel for their bravery, but then realize that they have saved their own trade school..
Sea Raiders - August 1941 - Directed by Ford Beebe, John Rawlins
Featuring: Billy Halop as Billy Adams; Huntz Hall as Toby Nelson; Gabriel Dell as Bilge; Bernard Punsly as Butch; Hal E. Chester as Swab (as Hally Chester); Joe Recht as Lug; William Hall as Brack Warren; John McGuire as Tom Adams; Mary Field as Aggie Nelson; Edward Keane as Elliott Carlton [Chs. 1-7]; Marcia Ralston as Leah Carlton; Reed Hadley as Carl Tonjes; Stanley Blystone as Capt. Olaf Nelson; Richard Alexander as Ernie Adams as Zeke - Skipper of the 'Mary Lou'
12 part serial
The Kids work to learn the identity of the dreaded 'Sea Raider' who has been sinking allied merchant ships.
The Sea Raiders, a band of foreign agents led by Carl Tonjes and Elliott Carlton, blow up a freighter on which Billy Adams and Toby Nelson are stowaways. Billy and Toby were seeking to avoid Brack Warren, a harbor patrol officer assigned to guard a new type of torpedo boat built by Billy's brother, Tom Adams. Intended targets or not, getting blown up does not set well with Billy and Toby and, together with their gang coupled with the members of the Little Tough Guys, they find the Sea Raiders' island hideout, investigate the seacoast underground arsenal of these saboteurs, get blasted from the air, dragged to their doom, become victims of the storm, entombed in a tunnel and even periled by a panther before they don the uniforms of some captured Sea Raiders and board a yacht that serves as headquarters for the Raiders.
Mob Town - October 1941 - Directed by William Nigh
Featuring: Dick Foran as Sgt. Frank Conroy; Anne Gwynne as Marion Barker; Billy Halop as Tom Barker; Huntz Hall as Pig; Gabriel Dell as Butch Malone aka String; Bernard Punsly as Ape; Darryl Hickman as Butch Malone aka Shrimp; Samuel S. Hinds as Judge Luther Bryson; Victor Kilian as Uncle Lon Barker; Truman Bradley as Officer Cutler; John Butler as Rummel; John Sheehan as Mr. Loomis
Tom Barker idolizes the memory of his brother, Eddie, who was sent to the death house. He and his gang look also look up to gangster Monk Bangor. Policeman Frank Conroy tries to keep the boys from turning bad but fails to motivate the angry Tom.
At Barton's Dance Palace, a fight breaks out involving the Kids. While the others are caught, Tom slips home, where he finds youngster Butch "Shrimp" Malone waiting for him. Shrimp tells Tom that his aunt has abandoned him once again, so Tom tells the boy that he can stay with him. Tom's older sister Marion awakens and warns the two boys not to disturb their uncle. The uncle awakens, however, and complains that Tom has been sending cigarettes to convict Monk Bangor, a friend of Tom's late gangster brother Jim. He further states that Tom will end up in the electric chair, just like his brother.
Sergeant Frank Convoy then arrives to arrest Tom, much to the delight of his uncle. In the chambers of Judge Luther Bryson, Marion pleads Tom's case, to little avail. Frank arrives and offers to organize a "Police Big-Brother" movement involving Tom and his gang. The judge agrees, knowing that Frank was the officer who sent Jim to the electric chair. Frank is taken by the boys to their clubhouse, where he is told of the gang's plan to go "into business" with Bangor upon his release from prison. When the boys threaten the off-duty policeman, he demonstrates his mastery of judo and offers to teach it to them. The gang then offers their singing act for a local benefit talent show, and another fight breaks out. After the four are beaten up by the locals, Pig, Ape and String take Frank up on his offer and join the police gym.
After Tom arrives, Frank offers to get the boys jobs. When they refuse, Frank tells Tom that he is "too soft" to work. Thus goaded, the boys get jobs working in an auto wrecking yard. Later, the gang is met by gangsters Brick and Nutsy, who wish to hide their loot in the gang's clubhouse. Nutsy and Rick are later arrested and the loot, $20,000 worth of stolen jewelry, is discovered in the clubhouse. After they swear that they had nothing to do with the robbery, the juveniles are released. While dining at Frank's, Tom discovers the policeman's involvement in his brother's arrest. Tom confronts the officer and falsely accuses him of tricking his brother into his arrest. Tom leaves with Shrimp, while the rest of the gang stays in support of Frank. Tom then runs into Monk, who has just been released from prison.
When Tom returns home later that night, he has a fight with his sister and leaves, taking Shrimp with him. Tom's uncle goes to the police, claiming that the boy has stolen some family jewelry. Tom attempts to pawn his mother's jewelry, only to be cornered by Pig, String and Ape. They take him to the old clubhouse, where the neighborhood boys put him on trial. Tom is found guilty by the kangaroo court and ordered to give himself up. He escapes, however, leaving Shrimp behind. The little boy confesses that Tom has joined Monk's gang and is heading west with the gangster. Frank traces the two to a local drugstore, where he attempts to take Tom into custody.
Unknown to Frank and Tom, Monk has just robbed the drugstore, and, in the ensuing shootout, Frank is wounded. Tom is forced to drive the gangster's car, which he deliberately crashes, and Monk is captured. Frank and Tom go back to the police station, where both are absolved of their previous crimes. The reformed gang then plans to go to a "Police Officers' Buddies" convention with Frank and Marion, only to have the back wheels fall off their car, as Pig forgot to put on the rear axle.
Junior G-Men Of The Air - June 1942 - Directed by Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor
Featuring: Billy Halop as Billy "Ace" Holden; Gene Reynolds as Eddie Holden; Lionel Atwill as The Baron, a Japanese spy; Frank Albertson as Jerry Markham; Richard Lane as Agent Don Ames; Huntz Hall as "Bolts" Larson; Gabriel Dell as "Stick" Munsey; Bernard Punsly as "Greaseball" Plunkett; Frankie Darro as Jack; David Gorcey as Double Face Gordon; Turhan Bey as Araka, The Baron's "Spear-point Heavy" (chief henchman); John Bleifer as Beal, The Baron's henchman; Eddie Foster as Comora, The Baron's henchman; John Bagni as Augar, The Baron's henchman; Noel Cravat as Monk, The Baron's henchman; Eddy Waller (uncredited) as Jed Holden
12 part serial.
The Kids take to the air to learn the identity of the Black Dragonfly saboteurs
The Kids are working in an airplane/auto junk yard owned by Ace's father. Their truck is stolen by members of a fifth column organization, the Order of the Black Dragonfly. Government agent Don Ames returns the recovered truck, but Ace, who distrusts law men, refuses to give Ames a description of the men who stole the truck. Ames decides to let Jerry Markham, young leader of the Junior G-Men, who knows both Ace and his brother Eddie through their mutual interest in airplanes and flying, try to gain Ace's cooperation.
The Axis agents, Araka, Augar, Beal, Monk and Comora, report to the Japanese leader of the Black Dragonfly, The Baron, at his farmhouse headquarters outside the city. In an attempt to track down the spies, Ace and his friends drive their truck near the farm and are spotted by the enemy agents. Monk, the gang's pilot, tries to bomb the truck and the boys appear doomed. Of course, the Kdis are safe and go on to round up members of the Black Dragonfly.
Tough As They Come - June 1942 - Directed by William Nigh
Featuring: Billy Halop as Tommy Clark; Paul Kelly as Dan Stevens; Helen Parrish as Ann Wilson; Ann Gillis as Frankie Taylor; Huntz Hall as Pig - aka Albert; Bernard Punsly as Ape; Gabriel Dell as
String; Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Clark; John Gallaudet as Mike Taylor; Gisela Werbisek as Mrs. Polashek (as Giselle Werbiseck); Jimmy Butler as Gene Bennett (as Jimmie Butler); John Eldredge as Rogers; Theresa Harris as Bessie Mae; Clarence Muse as Eddie
Law school student Tommy Clark gets a job with the crooked Apex Financing Company instead of a $3.00 a week job as a legal aid attorney. Tommy is hired to repossess a friend's father's cab and the neighborhood turns against him.
At Mme. Polachek's diner, ex-juvenile delinquent Ape is training for a boxing career with his friends, Pig and String. Their old gang leader, Tom H. Clark, now a law student, is offered a job with the crooked Apex Finance Co., through the physician father of his wealthy girl friend, Ann Wilson. Tommy almost loses the job when he is recognized by Gene Bennett, the nephew of Apex's president, Walter Rogers, whom Tommy had recently tried to stop from repossessing the radio of his neighbor, Mrs. McNab. Tommy later becomes upset when his mother invites Ann to dinner, as he is ashamed of the neighborhood in which they live.
Apex comes under fire from Thomas Reed of the Legal Aid Society, who accuses the finance company of excessive interest rates and intimidation tactics. Frankie Taylor, Tommy's teenage neighbor who is infatuated with him, later gets pneumonia when she jealously stands in the rain, watching Tommy romance Ann. As she recovers in the hospital, Frankie is visited by Ann, who assures her that Tommy still likes her, despite his relationship with Ann. Meanwhile, Frankie's father, Mike Taylor, learns that Apex is about to repossess his taxi, as he has fallen behind on his payments due to his daughter's medical bills. Pig, String and Ape hide the cab in a stable, but Pig inadvertently tells Tommy where it is. Rogers then orders Tommy to find the cab and repossess it himself, in order to prove his loyalty to the company.
Mike escapes in the cab just as Tommy arrives at the stable, but Tommy is captured and beaten by his old friends. Bennett and the marshal, however, wait for Mike to return to the stable, then take the taxi from him. The distraught Mike attempts to commit suicide by jumping from the roof of his apartment building, but is stopped by Tommy and Pig. Despite his heroic actions, the neighborhood turns against Tommy, but he is saved from the mob by his mother's boarder, Ben Stevens. Inspired by Ben, Tommy goes to Reed and offers to testify against his old employer.
Meanwhile, the neighborhood turns against Apex and refuses to pay any more money to the finance company. Tommy and his old friends then break into Apex's office, and while Pig, String and Ape fight with Rogers' henchmen, Tommy takes some of the company's records to the police. After the district attorney begins an investigation of Apex, the bankers' association offers to start a credit union for the poor neighborhood, and Tommy is reunited with Ann.
Mug Town - January 1943 - Directed by Ray Taylor
Featuring: Billy Halop as Tommy; Huntz Hall as Pig; Grace McDonald as Norene Steward; Bernard Punsly as Ape; Gabriel Dell as String; Edward Norris as Clinker; Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Bell; Tommy Kelly as Steve; Dick Hogan as Don Bell; Jed Prouty as Mack Steward; Murray Alper as Shorty; Paul Fix as Marco
The boys check into a flop house and meet a sick boy. They take the kid with them on the trains but he gets killed. The boys locate the mother and all their troubles start.
After a movie, the Kids check into a flophouse for the night. When one of the hobos tries to steal the sack of runaway Steve Bell, Tommy stops him, leading to a brawl. The police arrive, and the boys, along with Steve, are ordered to leave town. The group rides the rails, with Tommy nursing the runaway back to health. Later, the boys are discovered by some railroad workers and are forced to jump off a moving train. Steve, however, hesitates and falls to his death beneath the train. The group then travels to Steve's home town, but when they meet Steve's mother, the kindly Mrs. Bell, they are unable to break the bad news to her.
She asks the boys to stay at the Bell home until Steve's return, though Don, Steve's older brother, is not as hospitable. Tommy is later offered a job at the Steward Bell Garage, much to Don's annoyance. When the garage gets a message from the freight associate that their loads are being tampered with, Mack Steward, Mrs. Bell's partner, assumes that Tommy is involved. In actuality, Don is the one embroiled in the shipping thefts with gangsters Clinker and Marco. When Don fails to show up for a date, Mack's daughter Norene goes to the garage to find him, and ends up having dinner with a smitten Tommy.
Meanwhile, Pig, String and Ape have dinner at the nightclub run by Marco. When they are unable to pay the cover charge, the three end up peeling onions in the kitchen. As they try to sneak out, they overhear Marco, Clinker and Don planning a heist, with Tommy taking the blame. The three warn their friend, but rather than leaving town, Tommy insists on staying. Meanwhile, Mrs. Bell finally learns of Steve's death, and Tommy confesses that he simply could not tell her at first, then was afraid that the gang would be forced to leave if she knew the truth. She understands and offers the boys her continued hospitality.
At the same time, Don and his gangster friends prepare to steal trucker Shorty's fur shipment. Realizing what is happening, Tommy and Pig take off after Shorty. After a motorcycle officer pulls Shorty over to inform him of a blackout, Clinker knocks the trucker out, and he and Don load the furs in the gangster's car. Tommy and Pig try to stop them, and in the ensuing fight, Clinker mistakenly shoots Don. The gangster then crashes his car in the darkness while making his escape.
Tommy and Pig rush Don to a local doctor's house, then hop a freight car out of town with their friends. Before they can get too far, however, they are captured by the police. Tommy is told that Clinker was killed in the crash, but before the gang can be charged with the robbery, Mrs. Bell and Norene arrive with a signed confession by Don. Cleared of all charges, the boys enlist in the army as part of the war effort.
Keep 'Em Slugging - August 1943 - Directed by Christy Cabanne
Featuring: Bobby Jordan as Tommy Banning; Huntz Hall as Pig; Gabriel Dell as String; Norman Abbott as Ape; Evelyn Ankers as Sheila Banning; Elyse Knox as Suzanne; Frank Albertson as Frank Moulto; Don Porter as Jerry; Shemp Howard as Binky; Samuel S. Hinds as Carruthers; Mary Gordon as Mrs. Banning; Milburn Stone as Duke Redman; Joan Marsh as Lela
During school vacation the boys get jobs at a fancy department store but Tommy gets framed for stealing jewelry. The boys all get fired and Tommy gets arrested, so they have to clear his name.
With summer vacation starting, teenage gang leader Tommy Banning lectures his cohorts about helping the war effort by going straight and getting legitimate jobs, rather than working the rackets. Unfortunately, due to their juvenile delinquency records, the gang has little luck in finding work. Sheila, Tommy's sister, goes to Frank Moulton, the head of the shipping department at the department store where she works, and asks him to hire Tommy, but he refuses unless she agrees to go out with him. Later, Jerry Brady, Sheila's boyfriend, arranges a job for Tommy with Moulton.
Tommy immediately falls for salesgirl Suzanne Booker, but their attempt to go out on a date is sabotaged when they are joined at the cinema by his friends, Albert "Pig" Gum, String and Ape. Later, Tommy gets Pig a job working in a parking lot. After two more stock clerks are drafted into military service, Tommy suggests to Mr. Curruthers, the head of the store, that he replace them with out-of-work teenagers, so the store hires String and Ape. Meanwhile, Moulton meets with gangster Duke Redman, who complains that Moulton has not been setting him up with enough business out of the department store.
Moulton suggests that Redman recruit Tommy into his gang, so the gangster arranges for the youth to meet sexy café singer, Lola Leverne. She convinces Tommy to come her café, where Redman offers him "work." Tommy refuses and threatens to expose the gangster if anything happens at the store. Moulton then frames Tommy in a jewelry theft. After Tommy is placed in jail, Sheila quits her job, which greatly upsets Jerry, who is actually Curruthers' son. After being bailed out of jail by Jerry, Tommy returns home and becomes enraged when he learns that his mother and sister think he is guilty.
After meeting with his gang, Tommy goes to Lola's café to speak with Redman, and sees Moulton talking to the singer. He follows them to Redman's hideout, where they are preparing to hijack a silk shipment from the department store. After the robbery, Tommy and his gang pin the gangsters in their office with a water hose until the police arrive. Tommy is rewarded with Moulton's job at the store, while Pig, String and Ape go to work in the shipping department, and Jerry and Sheila are happily reunited.
East Side Kids
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This series of films by Monogram featured the boys first in crime melodramas with comedic overtones then in comedies with some serious (usually criminal) overtones.
The plots almost always cast the Boys as lower class street urchins in conflict with the criminal element that surrounded them. Occasionally the criminal element was replaced by Nazi or Japanese fifth columnists.
Billy Halop was gone by this time and Leo Gorcey and Bobby Jordan took over as leaders and featured "Kids".
As the series progressed, the comedy duo of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall became the focus of the films.
Making steady appearances as East Side Kids were:
Leo Gorcey as Mugs (or Muggs)
Huntz Hall as Glimpy
Bobby Jordan as Danny
David Gorcey as Peewee
Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as Scruno
Donald Haines as Skinny
Billy Benedict later took over the role of Skinny (AKA Benny, Pinky)
Bobby Stone with a variety of names
Gabriel Dell appears in many of the films as a non-gang member, usually an adversary or authority figure.
Dave O'Brien (featured in dozens of "B" movies & shorts and star of Reefer Madness) appears in several films.
Other actors cast as East Side Kids include Bennie Bartlett, Harris Berger, Frankie Burke, Hally Chester, Stanley Clements, Johnny Duncan, Dave Durand, Eugen Francis, Buddy Gorman, Mende Koenig and Jimmy Strand
The production values of many of these films are low, even by Monogram standards, although they seemed to get better as the series progressed. A couple of the early films are so bad as to be virtually unwatchable, even by die-hard fans.
|Quick List of East Side Kids Films|
1940 - East Side Kids
1940 - Boys of the City
1940 - That Gang of Mine
1940 - Pride of the Bowery
1941 - Flying Wild
1941 - Bowery Blitzkrieg
1941 - Spooks Run Wild
1942 - Mr - Wise Guy
1942 - Let's Get Tough!
1942 - Smart Alecks
1942 - 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge
1943 - Kid Dynamite
1943 - Clancy Street Boys
1944 - Ghosts on the Loose
1943 - Mr - Muggs Steps Out
1944 - Million Dollar Kid
1944 - Follow the Leader
1944 - Block Busters
1944 - Bowery Champs
1945 - Docks of New York
1945 - Mr - Muggs Rides Again
1945 - Come Out Fighting
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East Side Kids - February 1940 - Directed by Bob Hill
None of the original "Dead End Kids" appear in this film.
However, Dave O'Brien, Hally Chester and Donald Haines, would reprise their roles in the following picture, "Boys of the City", so the film falls into The East Side Kids continuity.
Featuring: Leon Ames as Pat O'Day; Dennis Moore as Milton Franklin 'Mileaway' Harris; Joyce Bryant as Molly Dolan; Hal E. Chester as Fred 'Dutch' Kuhn (as Hally Chester); Harris Berger as Danny Dolan; Frankie Burke as Skinny; Vince Barnett as Whisper; Dave O'Brien as Knuckles Dolan; Ted Adams as Schmidt (as Richard Adams); Maxine Leslie as May; Robert Fiske as Cornwall - aka Robert Morrison; Jack Edwards as Algernon 'Mouse' Wilkes; Jim Farley as Police Captain Moran (as James Farley); Stephen Chase as Joe - Detective (as Alden Chase); Fred Hoose as Mr. Wilkes
The kids try to find the real culprit when the brother of one of the boys is framed for murder.
Police officer Pat O'Day, a former child of the tenements, tries to reform a gang of street kids by involving them in a boys's police club. When club member Danny Dolan's brother Knuckles is sentenced to death row for killing a treasury agent, Pat vows to help Danny clear his brother, whom he believes is innocent, but before he can begin his investigation, the police commissioner demotes him to walking a beat. Meanwhile, a counterfeiting ring comprised of Mileaway Harris, a former tenement kid, Morris, and his girl friend May sets up shop in shopkeeper's Schmidt's, basement. Feeling threatened by Pat, Morris schemes to discredit the policeman by posing as a businessman who wants to hire Pat's boys to distribute advertising leaflets. Unknown to Pat, Morris places bogus five dollar bills in the pay envelopes, and when the boys are caught passing fake money, Pat is implicated in the counterfeiting scheme.
To prove his innocence, Pat takes to the streets, and Danny, still unaware of Morris' involvement in the counterfeiting ring, agrees to deliver a suitcase for him to May. A policeman follows Danny to May's apartment, where they are greeted by Mileaway, who kills the policeman and takes Danny hostage. As they drive across town, Danny learns that it was Mileaway who killed the treasury agent and framed Knuckles. Pat tracks down Mileaway's car, and in the ensuing chase, Mileaway escapes and kills Schmidt. Pat and the kids chase Mileaway to a rooftop, where Dutch, Danny's friend, struggles with Mileaway. When they both fall to the sidewalk, Dutch is killed; but Mileaway lives to confess to the agent's murder, and all ends happily as both Knuckles and Pat are exonerated.
Boys Of The City - July 1940 - Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
This is the first film in the series with the "Dead End Kids", albeit only Leo Gorcey & Bobby Jordan.
This film is a sequel to "East Side Kids"
Featuring: Bobby Jordan as Danny Dolan; Leo Gorcey as Muggs McGinnis; Hal E. Chester as Buster (as Hally Chester); Frankie Burke as Skinny; Vince Barnett as Simp; Inna Gest as Louise Mason; Dave O'Brien as Knuckles Dolan (as David O'Brien); Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy); Minerva Urecal as Agnes; Dennis Moore as Giles; Donald Haines as Peewee; David Gorcey as Pete; Eugene Francis as Algy Wilkes; Forrest Taylor as Judge Malcolm Parker; Stephen Chase as Jim Harrison (as Alden Chase)
The kids discover a murder in an old house on their way to a mountain camp.
To escape the heat of the city and a court sentence for malicious mischief, the East Side kids agree to visit a summer camp in the Adirondacks. En route, their car breaks down and they are reluctantly given accommodations in the home of Judge Malcolm Parker. The Judge, under indictment for bribery, has much to fear. His life, as well as that of his niece Louise has been threatened by a gang of racketeers; his companion, Giles, has accused him of embezzling Louise's fortune; and his sinister housekeeper, Agnes, blames him for the death of her mistress, Leonora. The Judge's fears are compounded when he meets Knuckles Dolan, the boys' guardian, whom he had unjustly sentenced to death, only to have his verdict reversed and Knuckles exonerated.
Later that night, when Louise is kidnapped and the Judge found strangled, Giles and Simp, the Judge's bodyguard, accuse Knuckles of the murder, but the boys capture Simp and Giles and determine to find the murderer themselves. Muggs and Danny discover a secret panel in the library wall and enter a passage where they find Louise's unconscious body and glimpse the figure of a fleeing man. Knuckles captures the man, who identifies himself as Jim Harrison of the district attorney's office. Amid the confusion, the real killer takes Louise captive, but the boys track him down and unmask Simp. Harrison then identifies the bodyguard as the triggerman seeking revenge on the Judge. With the crime solved, the boys can finally leave for their summer camp.
That Gang Of Mine - September 1940 - Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
This is a VERY loose sequel to "Boys of the City"
Featuring: Bobby Jordan as Danny Dolan; Leo Gorcey as Muggs Maloney; Clarence Muse as Ben; Dave O'Brien as Knuckles Dolan; Joyce Bryant as Louise; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy); Milton Kibbee as Mr. Wilkes; David Gorcey as Peewee; Donald Haines as Skinny; Richard Terry as Henchman Blackie (as Richard R. Terry); Wilbur Mack as Nick Buffalo; Hazel Keener as Mrs. Wilkes; Eugene Francis as Algernon 'Algy' Wilkes
Muggs decides to become a jockey despite the ridicule of the other gang members.
Old horseman Ben brings his beloved thoroughbred Bluenight to New York from Kentucky in hopes of developing him into a championship racer. Because the old man is down on his luck, the East Side boys offer to provide a makeshift quarters for Bluenight, and Algy Wilkes persuades his father to put up the entrance fee for the horse. Muggs Malone, an aspiring but untested jockey, rides Bluenight in the race, but loses his nerve on the track, causing Bluenight to trail in the field. Seated in the stands is Morgan, a respected trainer, who recognizes the horse's ability and urges Mr. Wilkes to race the horse with an experienced jockey.
However, Muggs insists upon doing the riding, and his pals induce Mr. Wilkes to give him another chance. Complications arise the night before the race when Nick, a crooked bookie, tries to sabotage Bluenight. The boys discover the plot and save the horse, but the next day, Muggs realizes that he cannot guide the horse to victory. With the use of his fists, he convinces jockey Jimmy Sullivan to take his place, and Bluenight finishes the race the winner.
Pride Of The Bowery - January 1941 - Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Kenneth Howell as Allen; Mary Ainslee as Elaine; Bobby Stone as Willie; Donald Haines as Skinny; David Gorcey as Peewee; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison); Kenneth Harlan as Captain; Nick Stuart as Ranger; Lloyd Ingraham as Doctor
Muggs tries to further his boxing career and the gang end up at a CCC camp when the gang dupes him into believing it’s a free training camp.
When Muggs refuses to train for the Golden Gloves match unless he has his own private camp in the country, Danny placates his pal by enlisting members of the Vassey Street Boys' Club in the Conservation Corps. Arriving at the camp, Muggs refuses to accept the authority of Al, the leader of the boys, and treats the facility as if it was his own private property. Later, Muggs has a chance to demonstrate his true nature when he risks his own life to save Al from being crushed by a falling tree. The camp captain praises Muggs for his courage, and as a reward, Muggs requests a boxing match with Al. Norton, a small time boxing promoter, comes to watch the fight, which ends in a draw. Furious at the outcome, Muggs refuses to shake his opponent's hand, an act which earns the emnity of the other boys.
When the captain fails to remove the chip from Muggs' shoulder, his daughter, Elaine, tries to reform him through kindness. Meanwhile, Willie, one of the boys, steals one hundred dollars from the camp cash box and confides to Muggs that he needed the money for his poor aunt. To get the money back for Willie, Muggs has Norton arrange a fight, and although he takes a beating in the ring, Muggs earns the one hundred dollars. While returning the money to the cash box, Muggs is caught and accused of theft. He refuses to inform on Willie, though and instead runs away. Danny then forces the truth from Willie, thus proving Muggs' true sportsmanship.
Flying Wild - March 1941 - Directed by William West
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Joan Barclay as Helen; Dave O'Brien as Tom; George Pembroke as Dr. Nagel; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison); David Gorcey as Peewee; Donald Haines as Skinny; Eugene Francis as Algy; Bobby Stone as Louie; Herbert Rawlinson as Mr. Reynolds; Dennis Moore as George; Forrest Taylor as Mr. Forbes; Robert F. Hill as Mr. Woodward (as Bob Hill)
The kids stumble across a sabotage ring while working at an airplane factory.
While the Kids all work at the Reynolds Aviation Company, which is run by Algy's father, Muggs, the only one of the kids who refuses to work, spends his time flirting with an ambulance nurse named Helen. Helen, though, is in love with her test pilot boyfriend Tom. One day, when Tom's plane crashes onto the plant airstrip, Reynolds suspects that the crash may have been the work of saboteurs. Later, on the airfield tarmac, Muggs jokingly appoints himself as the new operator of Dr. Richard Nagel's ambulance plane and gives his pals a tour of the aircraft. Their playful games are soon brought to a halt by Nagel, the secret leader of a spy ring, who catches the boys on his plane and angrily orders them off. Mr. Reynolds, certain that spies are working at the plant, asks Danny to act as a decoy so that the spies can be identified, and has him deliver to a downtown office a fake set of plans for a new bomb site. As Reynolds predicted, Nagel's men ambush Danny on his way to the office, but the plan goes awry when the detectives sent to trail Danny lose him. Danny eventually turns up unharmed some time later.
When Muggs reports to Reynolds his suspicions that Nagel is behind the espionage ring, Reynolds dismisses the accusation as a product of the boy's imagination. Not convinced by Reynolds that Nagel is innocent, Muggs and Danny begin their own investigation into Nagel, starting with a visit to the doctor on the pretext of a fake ailment. The visit turns up nothing, however, and when Danny and Muggs return to the hanger, a suspicious "accident" that was apparently meant to harm them leaves Peewee injured. While Peewee recovers at the hospital, Tom nearly loses his life when he is unable to make contact with the control tower for a landing. The controller is later found bound and gagged in the tower, prompting the kids to resume their investigation in earnest. Helen provides the gang with further clues when she confirms that the ambulance plane was being flown on many unusual trips to Mexico, supposedly to deliver patients. When Helen tells the East Side Kids that a man named Forbes is the next "patient" to be transported, they rush to his house, where they find secret plans hidden in his head bandage.
Disguising Danny as the transportee, the kids send Danny and Muggs on the flight to learn who is behind the espionage ring. Danny and Muggs soon find themselves in trouble, however, when Nagel, having found Forbes locked in his closet, tries to warn the pilot of the boys' ruse. Meanwhile, Tom learns of the dangerous mission and goes after the ambulance plane in his own plane. Tom arrives in Mexico in time to save Danny and Muggs, and all the spies are arrested. Back at the plant, Reynolds rewards Muggs for his heroism by giving him a job, but his stint there is short-lived as he is soon distracted by a pretty woman and crashes a plane.
Bowery Blitzkrieg - September 1941 - Directed by Wallace Fox
First appearance of Huntz Hall
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Huntz Hall as Limpy; Keye Luke as Clancy (as Key Luke); Warren Hull as Tom Brady; Charlotte Henry as Mary Breslin; Bobby Stone as Monk Martin; Donald Haines as Skinny; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison); David Gorcey as Peewee; Martha Wentworth as Mrs. Brady; Jack Mulhall as Officer Sherrill; Eddie Foster as Slats Morrison; Dennis Moore as Dorgan; Tony Carson as Dutch
Muggs is threatened by gamblers who want him to throw an important boxing match.
Two police officers patrolling the streets of the Bowery discuss the lamentable fact that most of the young boys in the neighborhood will turn to crime and end up in jail. One exception, they agree, is Danny Breslin, a young boxer who is studying economics and destined for success. While Danny's future looks bright, the future of his former best friend, Muggs McGinnis, appears to hold little more than troubles with the law and juvenile probation. One day, when Danny learns that Muggs has been speaking poorly of his schoolteacher sister Mary, he marches over to Clancy's Pool Hall, their favorite neighborhood haunt, and punches Muggs. The fight eventually turns into a pool hall riot, which results in Muggs's arrest. Officer Tom Brady, Mary's sweetheart, believes that many of the boys can be reformed, and when he learns that Muggs has been involved in another fight, he tries to enlist Danny's help in determining the reason behind Muggs' propensity to fight.
Danny surprises his mother, sister and Tom when he violently protests Tom's request, saying that he hates "coppers," and vows never to return to the police gym for his boxing practice. While Tom lays plans to reform Muggs by entering him as a fighter in the upcoming Golden Glove Tournament, Danny unwittingly gets involved with notorious thug Monk Martin. Unknown to Danny, Monk has used him to drive his getaway car in a grocery store holdup. After paying Danny for his "services," Monk manages to persuade him to quit school and join his racket. Meanwhile, Muggs, having made great strides at the Whitney reform school, goes to live with Tom and his mother, much to the dismay of Mary, who promptly breaks off her relationship with Tom. Muggs eventually wins the respect of the entire neighborhood and earns the police department's sponsorship of his fight in the Golden Glove Tournament.
So completely has Muggs given up his delinquent ways that he curses Monk when the racketeer offers him $1,000 to take a fall in the tournament fight. Later, after overhearing Tom's mother blaming his arrival for the break-up of Tom and Mary's relationship, Muggs becomes despondent and decides to move out. Just before the fight, crooked fight promoter Slats Morrison plants the intended bribery money in Muggs's gear and tries to frame him. Danny, meanwhile, is wounded by Tom as he and Monk are caught fleeing from a robbery. Hospitalized and in desperate need of blood, Danny's life hangs in the balance until Muggs volunteers his blood and saves his best friend. Mary has a change of heart and returns to Tom, and Tom announces that Monk made a full confession before dying. Danny's family gathers around a radio and listens with pride as Muggs knocks out his opponent at the tournament. Following the fight, Slats and his boss Dorgan are arrested, and Tom and Mary look forward to their wedding.
Spooks Run Wild - October 1941 - Directed by Phil Rosen
Featuring: Bela Lugosi as Nardo; Leo Gorcey as Muggs; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison); Dave O'Brien as Jeff Dixon (as David O'Brien); Dorothy Short as Linda Mason; David Gorcey as Peewee; Donald Haines as Skinny; Dennis Moore as Dr. Von Grosch; P.J. Kelly as Lem Harvey (as P.J. Kelley); Angelo Rossitto as Luigi; Guy Wilkerson as Constable
The gang meet a mysterious man played by Bela Lugosi and his dwarf companion in an old haunted mansion.
The East Side Kids reluctantly board a bus bound for summer camp. The bus stops in the town of Hillside, where Muggs and his pals flirt with a soda fountain waitress. While they are there, a radio broadcast announces that a maniacal "monster killer" is in the area. When they arrive at the camp, the counselor, Jeff Dixon, complains to his girl friend, camp nurse Linda Mason, that he will get no work done on his thesis because of the rowdy juvenile delinquents. One night, Nardo, a mysterious caped figure, and his dwarf assistant, Luigi, ask a local gas station attendant for directions to the hilltop Billings house, which has been deserted for years since its owner was murdered. After he leaves, another car arrives and the attendant recognizes the driver from his mystery magazines as Dr. Von Grosch.
The attendant believes that Nardo is the killer and Von Grosch is hunting him, and he alerts the local constable that Nardo is a suspect. One night, Nardo and Luigi sneak into the local graveyard and are shot at by a grave digger. That same night, Muggs slips out of camp hoping to rendezvous with the soda fountain girl, and is followed by all his pals. The East Side Kids get lost in the woods, and when they wander into the graveyard, Peewee is also shot by the digger. The boys take Peewee to the nearby Billings house, where Nardo tends to his minor injury and gives him a sedative. Nardo lets the boys spend the night, but Peewee disappears while sleepwalking. The rest of the boys are unable to sleep because of Nardo's strangeness and Peewee's disappearance. Linda, meanwhile, also disappears while out searching for the boys, and Jeff goes to the police for help. When the boys confront Nardo, he claims not to know where Peewee is, but insists that the boys remain in the house.
Muggs distrusts Nardo and on his command, the boys attack him and roll him into a carpet. Skinny and Glimpy disappear through a secret passage, and Scruno is spooked when Nardo reappears. At constable Jim's office, the grave digger recalls seeing the boys, and Jim believes they may have fallen into the killer's hands at the Billings estate. The boys, meanwhile, search for Peewee, but are continually being surprised by the appearance of coffins and objects that move themselves, and by the disappearance of their pals through walls and closets. Linda, meanwhile, accepts a ride from Von Grosch, who takes her to the Billings house, ostensibly to help the boys. Muggs and the boys succeed in terrifying Nardo by pretending to be a ghost, and they finally find Peewee back in bed. Just after Linda and Von Grosch arrive at the house, Von Grosch attacks Linda.
The police burst in and accuse Nardo of being a killer, but Muggs has already learned that Nardo is merely a magician. When they all hear Linda screaming inside a locked room, Muggs climbs onto the roof and enters the room through a window. While he struggles with Von Grosch, who is the real "monster killer," Linda opens the door, and the police arrest Von Grosch. Later, Nardo performs magic tricks for Jeff, Linda and the boys, and when Muggs goes into a cabinet after a disappearing girl, he emerges with Scruno in his arms.
Mr. Wise Guy - February 1942 - Directed by William Nigh
First appearance of Gabe Dell
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Huntz Hall as Glimpy Stone; Billy Gilbert as Knobby; Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams as Luke Manning (as Guinn Williams); Douglas Fowley as Bill Collins; Joan Barclay as Ann Mitchell; Warren Hymer as Dratler; Ann Doran as Dorothy Melton; Jack Mulhall as Jim Barnes; Gabriel Dell as Charlie Manning; Sidney Miller as Charlie Horse; David Gorcey as
Peewee; Bobby Stone as Chalky Jones; Dick Ryan as Jed Miller
The boys are sent to reform school after they are wrongly convicted of stealing a truck.
In New York, the East Side Kids are falsely arrested on the wharf because the truck they are playing in was stolen. They are remanded to Wilton Reform School, where Muggs, the wise-cracking leader of the gang, is dubbed "Mr. Wise Guy" by the brutal guard Miller. Jim Barnes, the new warden, reassures Danny's older brother Bill, who has bad memories of the school from when he served as a guard there, that his testimony describing the place's cruelty eventually resulted in the dismissal of the former warden and the adoption of gentler rules. Bill is given a tour of the school by Barnes's secretary, Ann Mitchell, and later takes her out to dinner.
That night, while Bill buys cigarettes in a drugstore, escaped convict Luke Manning robs the place and murders the clerk. Manning takes Bill hostage in his car and forces him to lead the police on a chase. Manning escapes when Bill crashes the car, and Bill is later convicted of robbery and murder and sentenced to execution. In the reform school, the boys have been battling with two toughs, "Rice Pudding" Charlie and Chalky Jones, but when Barnes witnesses Miller encouraging a fistfight, he demands Miller's resignation. Chalky tries to get the kids in trouble by informing Barnes of their plans to run away, but in an effort to establish a code of honor, Barnes punishes Chalky for being an informer. When Muggs and his pals see newsreel footage of a man and woman accepting the winnings from a lottery, they recognize the man as Knobby, the driver of the stolen truck.
They link Knobby to Manning based on information given to them by Charlie, who is Manning's nephew. Armed with information that could prove Bill's innocence, the boys escape from the reform school and go to the apartment of Dorothy Melton, the woman from the newsreel. The kids hold the pair, who had been planning to leave town with the lottery money which actually belongs to Manning, who was afraid of being seen. Manning appears at Dorothy's apartment to demand his money and hits Dorothy for double-crossing him with Knobby. Before the situation can worsen, the police arrive and arrest the criminals. Bill gets a reprieve from the governor, and Ann and the boys see him off as he reports for active military duty.
Let's Get Tough - May 1942 - Directed by Wallace Fox
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; Gabriel Dell as Fritz Heinbach; Tom Brown as Phil; Florence Rice as Nora Stevens; Robert Armstrong as Pop Stevens; David Gorcey as Peewee; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrisson); Bobby Stone as Skinny; Sam Bernard as Heinback Sr.; Philip Ahn as Joe Matsui (as Phil Ahn); Jerry Bergen as Music Master
The boys manage to stop a spy ring who are planning to sabotage U.S. war production.
The East Side Kids are frustrated that their age keeps them from serving in the army during World War II, so they wage a private war at home. Their first target is a storekeeper whom they believe to be Japanese, and they pelt his store with rotten vegetables. When they enter the store to smash the curios, they discover the owner has been stabbed to death. The Kids are questioned and released by the police. Learning that the owner was actually Chinese, the Kids make a heartfelt apology to his widow. Their curiosity is then aroused when a supposed patron, Joe Matsui, steals a pen from the store's desk. After they steal the pen from Joe, the Kids discover a piece of paper hidden inside it, which reveals Japanese writing when a light is held near it. Muggs, the leader of the East Side Kids, takes the note to the Matsui tea shop and asks Joe's father to interpret it.
When the elder Matsui snatches the note, Muggs grabs it back, and Matsui commits suicide. The Kids drag policeman Pop Stevens to the scene, but Joe disguises himself as his own father to allay suspicions about his father's death. Danny, a member of the gang, is surprised by the appearance of his brother Phil in the tea shop. Phil has been dishonorably discharged from the Navy for sabotage, and his covert actions now seem suspicious to the Kids. They steal a bag containing a white substance hidden in the tea shop and take it home. When the bag explodes on the stove, Stevens helps them put out the fire and identifies the substance as magnesium, a valuable wartime resource which he suspects is being illegally supplied by a local storekeeper named Heinbach. Muggs gives the Japanese note to Nora, Phil's girl friend and Stevens' daughter, to be translated, but when she takes it to her old high school friend, Joe, he and Heinbach's son Fritz hold her hostage.
The Kids now become convinced that a spy ring is operating in their neighborhood and break into the tea shop and infiltrate a clandestine meeting of fifth columnists wearing hoods and gowns. After Phil is revealed as a member, the Kids are discovered and a brawl ensues. Phil, who has actually been working undercover for the U.S. government, rounds up the spies, including Matsui and Heinbach, Sr., with the help of the East Side Kids, the spies are arrested by the police. Phil and Nora marry, but he is forced to report back to the Navy before they can go on their honeymoon.
Smart Alecks - August 1942 - Directed by Wallace Fox
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; Gabriel Dell as Hank; Stanley Clements as Stash; Bobby Stone as Skinny; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy); David Gorcey as Peewee; Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom as Butch Brocalli (as Maxie Rosenbloom); Roger Pryor as Joe Reagan; Gale Storm as Ruth; Walter Woolf King as Dr. Ormsby; Herbert Rawlinson as Captain Bronson; Joe Kirk as Mike; Sam Bernard as Dr. Thomas
The gang wants to buy baseball uniforms. Danny gets a reward for capturing a crook and the crook breaks out of jail for revenge.
Hank Salko, a member of the Eastside youth gang in New York, is initiated into the world of adult crime when two gangsters, Mike and Butch Brocalli, hire him to stand watch while they rob a bank. When Hank tries to share some of his ill-gotten money with the East Side Kids, they suspend him from the club, and Hank is then arrested by Joe Reagan, the local policeman. While playing baseball in the street, the Kids accidentally send a ball crashing through the window of the apartment in which Butch and Mike are hiding. Butch emerges and refuses to give the ball back, so Danny runs after him. When Joe recognizes Butch, he chases him and Danny trips the criminal, who is then arrested along with Mike.
Danny is awarded $200 for capturing the criminals and plans to buy baseball uniforms for his friends. They are unaware of his plans, however, and, thinking he is keeping the money to be selfish, steal it from him and ban him from the club. Danny's sister Ruth calls Joe, who is her boyfriend, and he has the Kids arrested for thievery. The arrest deepens the Kids's resentment of Danny, even though Danny insists that they be released. Once free, the Kids buy an old car with the $200. A month later, Hank breaks out of jail with Butch and Mike and warns Mugs and the rest of the group that the gangsters are after Danny for getting them arrested. The gang responds immediately out of deeply rooted loyalty for their friend, but are too late and find him severely beaten in a warehouse, where Butch and Mike have left him.
When they learn that only ace brain surgeon Ormsby can save their friend, they go to Ormsby's house and plead for their friend's life, offering their beat-up jalopy as payment. Ormsby is touched by their concern and agrees to forego a conference in order to operate on Danny. The surgery is successful and Ormsby refrains from charging for it, but Danny does not rally to recover. Joe reveals to the Eastside Kids Danny's real intentions for the $200, and the remorseful boys go to his bedside and, after inviting him back into the club, urge him to recover.
Ruth is later taken hostage at her apartment by Butch and Mike, but the gang sneaks into the apartment and attacks the thugs. Hank is instrumental in knocking Mike out, and after the gangsters are arrested, Hank is released from his sentence. The East Side Kids reunite in Danny's hospital room with the new baseball uniforms that they bought after selling the car.
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge - November 1942 - Directed by Wallace Fox
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Mugs; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; Gabriel Dell as Skid; Noah Beery Jr. as Butch; Marc Lawrence as McGaffey; Ann Gillis as Sylvia (as Anne Gillis); Dave O'Brien as Sergeant Lyons; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison); Stanley Clements as Stash; Bobby Stone as Skinny; Jack Raymond as Sniffy; Betty Wells as Dancer; Dewey Robinson as Captain; Patsy Moran as Mrs. Glimpy
The boys help a girl track down the murderer of her guardian.
The East Side Kids become unwittingly involved in a murder when they rescue Sylvia from her abusive stepfather Morley, who is killed shortly thereafter by racketeer McGaffey for stealing his money. Sylvia hides out at the gang's clubhouse, but East Side Kid Danny is arrested for suspicion of murder when he returns to her apartment to get her clothes. McGaffey forces Mugs, president of the East Side Kids, to agree to break into a silk warehouse in exchange for a chair leg with Mugs's fingerprints, which he used to hit Morley during Sylvia's rescue. In the meantime, not even his policeman brother can convince Danny to reveal what he knows about Morley's death.
Rusty, a former East Side Kid who is now a sailor, returns to the club for a visit and helps to interpret the morse code that Sylvia's grandfather, a paralytic, relates using his eyes to tell the group that McGaffey is the murderer. Mugs reveals how McGaffey has tried to extort him, and while the Kids go to the silk warehouse, Rusty and Sylvia find the police and tell them the whole story. The Kids converge on McGaffey and his men after they back a truck into the warehouse, and after a brawl, the police arrive. Skid, a former club member gone wrong, confesses that McGaffey killed Morley and the criminals are arrested.
Kid Dynamite - February 1943 - Directed by Wallace Fox
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy McGleavey; Bobby Jordan as Danny Lyons; Gabriel Dell as Harry Wycoff; Pamela Blake as Ivy McGinnis; Benny Bartlett as Beanie Miller; Ernest Morrison as Scruno Jackson (as Sunshine Sammy); Bobby Stone as Stoney Stone; David Durand as Skinny Collins (as Dave Durand); Vince Barnett as Klinkhammer; Daphne Pollard as Mrs. McGinnis; Charles Judels as Nick - Pool Hall Owner; Dudley Dickerson as Jackson; Henry Hall as Louis Gendick; Minerva Urecal as Judge
Mugg’s is kidnapped by crooks right before his championship fight.
Mugs practices for his boxing match the next night. In order to raise money, Mugs and the gang go to Nick's pool hall and challenge hall regular Wycoff to a game of pool. Mugs has pre-arranged with gang member Danny to use special chalk for the pool cue so that Wycoff will lose, but Danny is so convinced of Mugs's talent that he does not use the chalk, and Mugs loses the match. When Wycoff insists that Mugs pay off his wager, Mugs hits him in the stomach and leaves. Seeking revenge, Wycoff plots with bookie Tony to eliminate Mugs from the boxing match. The night of the match, Mugs is abducted by a man pretending to be a reporter, who holds him hostage in the back of a car for the duration of the fight. When Mugs does not show up for the match, Danny goes into the ring so that the Eastside Kids will not be disqualified.
Although Danny is out of shape, he surprises everyone by winning the match. After Mugs is released, he takes the championship belt from Danny and accuses him of arranging the kidnapping. Mugs continues to harass Danny after he learns that Danny has gotten a job at a garage where he had hoped to work, and that Danny has been dating his sister Ivy. When Danny learns about Wycoff's involvement in Mugs's kidnapping, he tries to tell Mugs, but Mugs ostracizes him from the club. Mugs learns from gang member Scruno's father Jackson that Wycoff works for Tony, who is also Jackson's boss, and the Eastside Kids start a brawl with Tony and his thugs.
The Kids are arrested for disturbing the peace, but the judge releases them without a sentence, and gives Tony and his pals six-months jail time for bookmaking. Later, Danny and Ivy compete in a jitterbug contest, but Mugs and his date are declared the winners until the judge discovers that Mugs's partner is a professional dancer. Mugs is disqualified, and the fifty-dollar prize is awarded to Danny and Ivy. Danny reluctantly turns the money over to Mugs after he threatens him. Danny's boss, Gendick, a father figure, advises Danny that he has outgrown boys like Mugs, and that he should enlist in the Army. Danny's mother consents to his enlistment, and he leaves for training camp.
Mugs, meanwhile, is moved to enlist when he sees headlines announcing the Nazis' destruction of the entire Czechoslovakian town of Lidice. Mugs's mother refuses to consent because he appears to be enlisting out of competition with Danny. When Danny returns on leave from training, he proposes to Ivy. Mugs tells Danny that he can still be a member of the gang if he helps them steal tires from Gendick, but Danny now refuses to take orders from Mugs. Danny bests Mugs in a fistfight, which alleviates the tensions between the two old friends. Mugs, who always vowed that the man who married his sister would have to beat him first, now renews his friendship with Danny, and he and Glimpy join the service.
Mr. Muggs Steps Out - October 1943 - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy Freedhoff; Gabriel Dell as Dips Nolan; William 'Billy' Benedict as Pinky (as Billy Benedict); Joan Marsh as Brenda Murray; Bobby Stone as Speed; Buddy Gorman as Skinny (as Bud Gorman); David Durand as Danny (as Dave Durand); Jimmy Strand as Rocky; Patsy Moran as Maisie O'Donnell; Eddie Gribbon as Butch Grogan (as Eddie Gribbons); Halliwell Hobbes as Charney, the Butler; Stanley Brown as Virgil Wellington Brooks III; Betty Blythe as Margaret Murray; Emmett Vogan as John Murray (as Emmet Vogan)
Mugg's is ordered by the Court to get a job and he is hired to be a chauffeur. During a party a valuable necklace is stolen. Muggs and the gang try to retrieve it.
Much to the despair of her husband John, wealthy New York socialite Margaret Morgan hires former criminals to be her house servants. When she goes to court because her daughter Brenda has been arrested for reckless driving, Margaret is moved to hire Muggs after a judge insists that he get a legitimate job. Now a chauffeur, Muggs brings the whole gang with him and puts them to work polishing cars. Muggs is instructed on proper etiquette, and when an engagement party is held for Brenda and her conservative fiancé Virgil, Muggs and the gang serve the food.
At the end of the evening, one of the guests discovers that her diamond necklace is missing, and John accuses the East Side Kids of the theft. However, everyone recalls seeing a stranger at the party, whom the Morgans' regular maid Maisie now remembers as someone she met at Danceland, a dance hall on the lower East Side. Muggs convinces John not to call the police until he and the boys have had a chance to investigate. Maisie goes downtown to Danceland with Brenda, who dresses up like a gangster's moll in order to fit in. They meet with gangster Dips Nolan and learn that he plotted the jewelry heist with Diamonds, who was the stranger at the party.
Nolan becomes suspicious when naïve Virgil, who has followed Brenda to the dance hall, uses her real name and asks him to throw a fake fight so that he can prove his manhood. Nolan instead knocks Virgil out and kidnaps Brenda. Muggs and Glimpy, meanwhile, see Diamonds leave for the dance hall and search his apartment. Although they find nothing, Diamonds and Nolan return with Brenda, and the entire East Side Kids gang captures the criminals and retrieves the diamonds. Later, Brenda is pleased to find that Virgil's East Side adventure has transformed him into a more confident and adventurous person.
Ghosts On The Loose - July 1943 - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Mugs; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Bela Lugosi as Emil; Ava Gardner as Betty; Rick Vallin as Jack; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sammy Morrison); William 'Billy' Benedict as Benny (as Billy Benedict); Stanley Clements as Stash; Bobby Stone as Dave; Minerva Urecal as Hilda; Wheeler Oakman as Tony; Peter Seal as Bruno; Frank Moran as Monk; Jack Mulhall as Lieutenant
Bela Lugosi and Ava Garner star with the Boys in this 'Haunted' house mystery about Nazi spies.
The Kids make arrangements for Glimpy to appear as best man at his sister Betty's wedding. Gang leader Mugs arranges for a police escort by telling the police that a mob action will take place at the church, while several other Kids obtain a tuxedo and flowers at a funeral home. Just prior to the wedding, Betty's fiancé Jack buys a home at 321 Elm Street in the suburbs. He plans to honeymoon there, but reluctantly decides to sell when Tony, a real estate agent who is an operative for Nazi spies, tells him the house next door is haunted and gives him a cash advance. When Jack and Betty check into a hotel after the wedding, they get a call from Sarah Elwood, who used to live at 321 Elm, who tells them she is aware of mysterious activities going on at the neighbor's house and has telephoned the police.
The Kids, in the meantime, have gone to 322 Elm, and thinking that it is Jack and Betty's new house, borrow furniture from the unoccupied house next door, 321 Elm. They soon get spooked, however, when a disembodied voice laughs and talks to them throughout the house. Unknown to the boys, the ghosts are actually a Nazi subversive group comprised of leader Emil, Bruno, Monk and Hilda, who operate in secret passageways. The Kids run into the cellar and there discover a printing press and Nazi pamphlets. Still believing that the house belongs to Jack, they move the press to 321 Elm, hoping to save him from possible arrest.
Jack and Betty forego their honeymoon and arrive home just after the police approach their house. When the Kids realize their mistake, they move the printing press back to 322 Elm, but the Nazi group returns it to Jack's house. After a chase in and out of the secret passageways, Mugs and Glimpy are captured by the Nazis, only to be freed by the rest of the gang. The Nazi gang is captured and arrested. Later, Glimpy, beset by German measles, is quarantined with the Kids at Betty and Jack's house, and the newlyweds bemoan their thwarted honeymoon.
Clancy Street Boys - April 1943 - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Ethelbert 'Mugs' McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy Freedhoff; Bobby Jordan as Danny; Noah Beery as Pete Monahan; Amelita Ward as Judy Monahan (as Lita Ward); Benny Bartlett as Benny; Rick Vallin as George Mooney; William 'Billy' Benedict as Butch - Cherry Street Leader (as Billy Benedict); J. Farrell MacDonald as Police Sgt. Flanagan (as J. Farrell McDonald); Jan Rubini as Violinist - Nightclub Entertainer; Martha Wentworth as Mrs. Molly McGinnis; Ernest Morrison as Scruno (as Sammy Morrison); Dick Chandlee Dick Chandlee as Stash; Eddie Mills as Dave; George DeNormand as Williams
Mugs and the gang try to deceive a rich uncle who has been sending money to his non-existent family for years.
Much to Mugs dismay, everyone in his East Side Kids gang gets to smack his rear end eighteen times in celebration of his eighteenth birthday. His mother Molly then becomes distraught when she gets a letter from his "uncle" Pete, a rancher friend of his late father, stating that he will soon visit them in New York. Molly explains to her only child that ever since his father lied to Pete that he had seven children, Pete has been sending birthday checks for each child. Pete is unaware that the McGinnises are so poor that they could never afford to return the checks. Just then, Pete and his grown daughter Judy ride up to the McGinnis apartment on horseback. Mugs declares that the rest of his supposed brothers and sisters are working at a defense plant, and later, forces his gang to pretend to be his siblings.
Glimpy is dressed up like a girl, and Scruno, who is black, is introduced as an adopted child. Pete is delighted by the brood and takes them all out to a nightclub for fun. The next day, local opportunist George Mooney tells Pete that he is being duped by Mugs. Pete is offended when he learns the truth about the McGinnis brood, and tells Mugs to forget he ever had an uncle. The next day, Mugs and the gang go to the hotel to return the gifts and apologize to Judy, and learn that Pete has disappeared. When George, who has arranged Pete's kidnapping, comes to the hotel for a visit, the boys hide in another room, but overhear him say that Pete has had an accident, and that he will take Judy to him. Judy pockets her gun before she leaves with George, and East Side Kid Danny hops onto the bumper of George's car.
When the car stops, Danny gets off and calls Mugs to tell him the location of the kidnappers, but is then caught himself and held hostage along with Pete and Judy. The Cherry Street gang joins with the East Side Kids in fighting against the kidnappers, and when policeman Flanagan investigates the ruckus, he arrests the kidnappers. Later, the East Side Kids are guests at Pete's ranch, and try to impress each other by riding bucking broncos.
Million Dollar Kid - February 1944 - Directed by Wallace Fox
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy McClosky; Gabriel Dell as Lefty; William 'Billy' Benedict as Skinny (as Billy Benedict); Louise Currie as Louise Cortland; Noah Beery as
Captain Mathews (as Noah Beery Sr.); Iris Adrian as Mazie Dunbar; Herbert Heyes as John H. Cortland (as Herbert Hayes); Robert Greig as Spevin - Cortlands' Butler (as Robert Grieg); Johnny Duncan as Roy Cortland (as Johnnie Duncan); Stanley Brown as Lt. Andre Dupree; Patsy Moran as Mrs. McClosky; Mary Gordon as Mrs. McGinnis; Al Stone as Herbie; David Durand as Danny (as Dave Durand)
The boys put a millionaire’s son back on the right path after they find out he is mixed up with gangsters.
Muggs laments the epidemic of mugging that has been plaguing their streets. While waiting outside a store that afternoon, the boys witness a man being attacked in the alley and come to his defense, chasing away his assailants. In gratitude, the man, millionaire John Cortland, hands Muggs his business card. When the cynical Muggs tosses the card in a garbage can, Glimpy McClosky, one of the boys, digs it out and finds the man's cash-laden wallet in the trash. After the boys deliver the wallet to Capt. Mathews of the police department, the captain mistakes them for the thieves and arrests them. Cortland soon arrives at the police station to claim his wallet, however, and identifies the boys as his rescuers. Upon discovering that the boys long for a gymnasium, Cortland invites them to his house the next day.
There, Cortland shows them his son John Jr.'s basement gymnasium, and after explaining that John is overseas fighting, he offers the boys the use of the facilities. Escorting the boys upstairs, Cortland introduces them to his pretty daughter Louise and his son Roy, whose hand has been sprained. Noting Roy's injured hand, Muggs begins to suspect that he was involved in the robbery, but when Capt. Mathews asks for a description of the thieves, Muggs refuses to cooperate. Soon after, Louise's fiancé, French soldier Lt. Andre Dupree, arrives, and Louise informs her father that all the servants have quit, thus jeopardizing a dinner party she had planned for that evening. Attracted to Louise, Muggs suggests that his mother and Mrs. McClosky would be happy to cook and serve for the party.
When Muggs overhears Andre drop his French accent during a phone conversation, he begins to suspect that he is a phony and decides to follow him. Muggs and Glimpy trail Andre to the Zig Zag Club, where he meets his paramour, showgirl Maisie Dunbar. Deciding to tell Louise the truth about her fiancé, Muggs and Glimpy return to the Cortland mansion, but Louise refuses to believe their story. Meanwhile, the other boys are walking past the neighborhood pool hall when they see Roy playing pool with two of the robbers. When Muggs returns to the clubhouse, the boys tell him about spotting Roy at the pool hall. Later that night, Muggs takes Maisie to the Cortland party, and when she sees Andre flirting with Louise, she jealously confronts him. After overhearing their heated conversation, Louise finally realizes that Andre is a gigolo and asks him to leave. Later, the doorbell rings, and when Muggs answers it, he is handed a telegram, notifiying the Cortlands of John's death in combat. Muggs gives Cortland the bad news. Cortland faints and the boys carry him to his room.
While upstairs, they sneak into Roy's room and find a cap worn by one of the robbers. Muggs vows to reform the boy, and after the party, the boys follow Roy to the pool hall. In the ensuing fight, Roy runs away and Muggs and the others chase him. During the mêlée, the crooks capture Skinny, one of the East Side Kids, and take him hostage. When the boys catch Roy, Muggs challenges him to a boxing match to teach him a lesson. Hearing shouts coming from the gymnasium, Cortland goes to investigate and overhears Muggs interrogating Roy about the robbery. Soon after, Louise appears and announces that she has just received a phone call from Lefty, one of the crooks, who is threatening to harm Skinny if Roy informs on him.
Angered, Roy agrees to lead the boys to Lefty's hideout. Once there, a brawl ensues and Muggs sends Roy home to safety. After subduing the crooks, Muggs and the boys deliver them to Capt. Mathews at police headquarters. Soon after, Roy enters the captain's office and turns himself in. When Muggs eloquently defends Roy and pleads for leniency, the captain decides to release Roy and suggests that Muggs champion the boy's case in court. Just then, Cortland arrives and, after forgiving his son, offers Muggs and the boys his heartfelt thanks.
Follow The Leader - June 1944 - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Muggs McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy Freedhoff; Gabriel Dell as W.W. 'Fingers' Belmont; William 'Billy' Benedict as Spider O'Brien (as Billy Benedict); Jack La Rue as Larry;
David Durand as Danny (as Dave Durand); Bobby Stone as Speed; Jimmy Strand as Dave; Buddy Gorman as James Aloysius 'Skinny' Bogerty (as Bud Gorman); Bryant Washburn as Colonel; J. Farrell MacDonald as Clancy, Policeman; Joan Marsh as Milly McGinnis; Gene Austin as Singer Gene Austin; Doris Sherrell as Club Entertainer (as Sherrill Sisters); Grace Sherrell as Club Entertainer (as Sherrill Sisters)
Back from the army, Muggs and Glimpy learn that Danny was sent to jail for a robbery he didn't commit. They try to make things right.
As he and fellow soldier Glimpy anxiously anticipate their furlough home, Muggs is summoned to the colonel's office and informed that he is to be honorably discharged because of poor eyesight. At home in the Bowery, Muggs is tearfully telling his proud mother about his discharge when Glimpy bursts into the apartment with the news that Danny, one of the members of their club, has been jailed. Determined to exonerate their friend, Muggs and Glimpy proceed to the clubhouse and are welcomed by their pals. There they meet Spider, a new club member who was working with Danny at a warehouse when he was arrested.
Muggs and Glimpy then go to the jailhouse to question Danny. Becoming suspicious when Danny tells them that soon after Spider arranged for him to work at the warehouse, he was charged with stealing alcohol earmarked for the Army, Muggs goes to the warehouse to investigate. After observing Fingers Belmont, a troublemaker who had been expelled from their club, hand fifty dollars to Spider, Muggs invites Spider to a "party" at the clubhouse that night. When Spider arrives, Muggs orders the other boys to leave the room. Claiming that he was dishonorably discharged, Muggs then tells Spider that he wants to join the hijackers, and Spider confides that Fingers pays him to unbolt the back door to the warehouse. Fingers overhears Spider's confession and, once Spider is alone, drags him back to the clubhouse and beats him to death.
When Spider's body is found there, suspicion falls on Muggs, and Glimpy hurries to warn his friend that the police are looking for him. Determined to clear his name and expose the mastermind behind the hijackers, Muggs approaches Major Kline of military intelligence and offers to work undercover to solve the case. Meanwhile, Fingers' boss Larry, the owner of Maxie's Club, becomes disturbed when he reads about Spider's murder in the newspaper. Major Kline then introduces Muggs to Captain Baker of the police department, and when the two law enforcement officials decide to accept his proposal, Muggs finds Fingers and threatens to expose him to the police unless he is allowed to join the hijackers. After Fingers directs Muggs to meet him at Maxie's Club the next evening, Muggs convenes a meeting of the club members.
Appealing to the boys for help in apprehending the thieves, Muggs instructs Glimpy to wait for his phone call at Ginsberg's delicatessen the next evening and then assemble the other members. When one of the boys finds a bloodied tie clip on the floor bearing the initials "WWB," Muggs realizes that it must belong to Spider's killer. At Maxie's the next night, Muggs asks his sister Milly, who works as a cigarette girl there, to phone Ginsberg's delicatessen if anything strange happens. As the boys await Muggs's call, Fingers and Muggs row out to a warehouse on the docks and load some stolen crates onto their boat. After delivering the crates to Maxie's storeroom, Muggs starts an argument with Fingers and knocks him unconscious. In the fray, Finger's hat flies off his head and Muggs sees the initials "WWB" inscribed on the band.
Upon regaining consciousness, Fingers knocks Muggs down and races to warn Larry about Muggs's double-cross. Overhearing their conversation, Milly notifies Glimpy at the delicatessen and Glimpy then rallies the boys waiting at the clubhouse. After Fingers returns to the storehouse, Milly enters Larry's office and begins to flirt with him, stalling for time. When Glimpy and the others burst into Maxie's storeroom, Fingers rushes back to Larry's office and there recognizes Milly as Muggs's sister. At that moment, Muggs and the boys come to Milly's rescue and apprehend Larry and Fingers. For their heroism, Muggs is reinstated into the Army as a sergeant and Glimpy is promoted to the rank of corporal.
Block Busters - July 1944 - Directed by Wallace Fox
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; Gabriel Dell as Skinny; William 'Billy' Benedict as Butch (as Billy Benedict); Fred Pressel as Jean (as Frederick Pressel); Jimmy Strand as Danny; Bill Chaney as Tobey; Roberta Smith as Jinx; Noah Beery as Judge; Harry Langdon as Higgins; Minerva Urecal as Amelia Rogiet; Jack Gilman as Batter; Kay Marvis as Irma; Tom Herbert as Meyer; Bernard Gorcey as Lippman
A French boy proves his worth at the gang's big baseball game.
After an afternoon of playing baseball, Muggs and the gang arrive at the door of their clubhouse, where a man named Higgins is removing their "East Side Club" sign. Higgins explains that the owner of the place plans to rent it to some "respectable" tenants. When Muggs learns that the new tenants are due to examine the place at noon the following day, he plans to frighten them away by picking a fight with Butch and the Five Pointers, a rival gang. The next day, Glimpy and Skinny, two East Side Kids, scribble a challenge to the Five Pointers on the sidewalk. When Butch and his gang read the message, "The East Siders dare you to fight," they seek out their challengers.
Meanwhile, Muggs and the gang see Higgins supervising the delivery of some window boxes that he ordered to replace the weather-beaten pots that are lining the street. Pretending to be helpful, the gang offers to dispose of the old pots, but instead, stack them against a nearby wall. Soon, the prospective tenants, an elderly woman named Amelia Norton and her French-born grandson Jean arrive, and Higgins greets them. Just then, Butch and his gang show up and take the bait, hurling the empty pots at Muggs and his gang, while a shocked Amelia looks on. When Jean critiques Muggs's fighting style, Muggs begins to brawl with him.
After they are both arrested, the judge tells Muggs that he will hold each one accountable for the other's behavior. Later, Jean goes to the clubhouse to make sure that Muggs is staying out of trouble, and the gang teaches him some American games. Afterward, Jean invites the gang over for tea, and they meet snobby Irma Treadwell and her mother Virginia. When Muggs and Glimpy see a black sedan pick up Jean, who is dressed like Count Dracula, they decide to follow him. The car takes Jean to a costume party at a chic club, where Muggs wins best costume for being dressed as a Bowery tough.
Meanwhile Tobey Dunn, an ailing member of Muggs's baseball team, is told by his doctor that a stay in the country would cure him, but unfortunately, Tobey's family cannot afford the trip. Later, one of Muggs's friends, Danny, sees his girl friend Jinx dancing with Jean at a party, so the gang decides to crash it. When Glimpy tells Danny that he saw Jinx riding on the back of Jean's bicycle, Danny tries to fight with his rival, but Muggs intervenes. The gang then goes to the field to play baseball, and Jean quickly learns the game. At the clubhouse, Amelia thanks the gang for allowing Jean to play with them. During the team's next game, Lippman, the team's sponsor, tells the gang that if they win, he will send them all to summer camp in the Catskill Mountains. With the bases loaded, Jean hits a home run and wins the game, and Tobey is awarded his much-needed trip to the country.
Bowery Champs - November 1944 - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy McClusky; William 'Billy' Benedict as Skinny (as Bill Benedict); Bobby Jordan as Bobby Jordan; Gabriel Dell as Jim Lindsay; Thelma White as Diane Gibson; Evelyn Brent as Gypsy Carmen; Ian Keith as Ken Duncan; Frank Jaquet as Lester Cartwright; Fred Kelsey as McGuire; Anne Sterling as Jane (as Ann Sterling); William Ruhl as Lieutenant (as Bill Ruhl); Wheeler Oakman as Tom Wilson; Buddy Gorman as Shorty (as Bud Gorman); Jimmy Strand as Danny
Mugg's works at the Evening Express as a copyboy with aspirations of being a top reporter. He gets his chance locking in battle with criminals.
After she files for divorce from nightclub owner Tom Wilson, former Broadway star Gypsy Carmen demands that he return the securities that she owned before their marriage. When Wilson claims that the securities are missing, Gypsy pulls a gun from her purse and aims it at him. At that moment, a gun is fired through the window of his house. Tom falls dead and Gypsy flees in panic. At the time of the murder, Jim Lindsey, the star reporter of the American Express paper, is busily bidding on oriental rugs at an auction and consequently misses the story. Deciding to cover the murder for the absent Jim, Muggs McGinnis, a copy boy on the paper, asks Glimpy, one of the newsboys, to drive him to the Wilson house in the paper's delivery car.
At the house, Muggs and Glimpy sneak through an open window and listen as the police interrogate Wilson's mistress, Diane Gibson, an entertainer at the nightclub, and Ken Duncan, Wilson's manager. Duncan recalls that Gypsy threatened Wilson's life, and the police lieutenant states that a .38 caliber bullet was used to kill Wilson. The houseboy then reveals that right after the murder, he saw a woman wearing a "fuzzy coat and funny hat" hail a yellow cab with a dented fender. After purchasing his rug, Jim hears about the murder and hurries to the Wilson house to investigate. Meanwhile, Muggs, Glimpy and the other newsboys go to the taxi stand and learn from the driver that he delivered a woman wearing a fuzzy coat to the Stephens apartment building, where Gypsy lives. As Muggs and the boys drive to the apartment building, the police arrive at the taxi stand, question the driver and dispatch a car to arrest Gypsy. When Muggs and the boys question Gypsy, she protests her innocence.
Noticing the police car pull up to the curb, Muggs instructs Skinny, one of the boys, to don Gypsy's hat and coat and speed away in the newspaper's car. After the police follow Skinny, Muggs tells Gypsy to disguise herself as a boy and escorts her to the safety of the boys's clubhouse. Skinny drives to the Wilson house, watches as Diane leaves and follows her. At the clubhouse, Gypsy shows her gun to Muggs, who recognizes it as a .32 caliber, and Muggs pronounces that it is not the murder weapon. Jim, meanwhile, searches for clues at the Wilson house and finds a button in the hallway. Surmising that it belongs to the murderer, Jim takes the button to show his publisher, Cartwright. As Jim exhibits his clue, the police arrive to question Cartwright about the strange woman driving the Express 's car.
Upon seeing the button, the police take Cartwright in for questioning, and Cartwright, furious, fires Jim. Skinny, meanwhile, has followed Diane to the Pussy Cat Café, where she turns Gypsy's stolen securities over to Duncan. Skinny then telephones his sister and instructs her to find Muggs and send him to the café. Muggs has returned to the newspaper office and, learning of Jim's predicament, accompanies him to the clubhouse to interview Gypsy. When Skinny's sister finds them outside the clubhouse and relates Skinny's message to Muggs, Muggs tells Jim to deliver Gypsy to police headquarters while he meets Skinny.
Gypsy has left the clubhouse, however, and when Jim finds the room deserted, he dispatches the police to the café. Skinny is eavesdropping outside the door to Duncan's office when one of Duncan's henchmen finds him and imprisons him in a room. After Diane leaves the office to perform her act, Gypsy enters, pulls out her gun and demands that Duncan return the securities. Just then, Diane re-enters the room and begins to wrestle with Gypsy. As Skinny struggles with his captor in the next room, Muggs and the boys arrive and join the fray. Soon after, the police come to arrest Diane and Duncan, and Jim breaks the story about the capture of Wilson's murderers
Docks Of New York - February 1945 - Directed by Wallace Fox
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Mugs; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; William 'Billy' Benedict as Skinny (as Billy Benedict); Gloria Pope as Saundra; Carlyle Blackwell Jr. as Marty (as Carlisle Blackwell Jr.); Betty Blythe as Mrs. Darcy; Cy Kendall as Compeau (as Cyrus Kendall); George Meeker as Mallet; Joy Reese as Millie; Pierre Watkin as Capt. Jacobs; Patsy Moran as Mrs. McGinnis; Buddy Gorman as Danny; Mende Koenig as Sam (as Mendy Koenig); Leo Borden as Pete
The boy's stir up excitement when they decide to take over and establish their authority at the docks.
Late one night on East Side a man is stabbed to death and his body is searched by his attacker. Nearby, local resident Glimpy shows Muggs a jeweled necklace he just found outside their tenement. While Glimpy and Muggs are investigating the area, the attacker spots them and gives chase but is interrupted by the arrival of the police. Muggs and Glimpy then return to their tenement and learn from neighbor Mrs. Darcy, a war refugee from Toscania, that a thief just stole a valuable necklace from her. After she identifies the found necklace as hers and speculates that the man who attacked the boys was Compeau, an accomplice of the Toscanian Gestapo, she asks the boys to keep the heirloom until the next day. Unknown to the boys, Saundra, Mrs. Darcy's niece, is the princess of Toscania and is living in obscurity out of fear of the Gestapo.
At a mansion, Compeau, meanwhile, reports his bungled robbery to Prince Igor Mallet, Saundra's ambitious cousin. Mallet, who has convinced Toscania's recently arrived prime minister that he is a concerned supporter of the princess, has hired Compeau to kill Saundra so that he can inherit the throne, and has offered the thief the necklace, a crown jewel, as payment. The next morning, Muggs calls his gang together for a meeting, and after they learn that Compeau's victim was a known thief, they decide to have one diamond from the necklace appraised at Kessel's pawnshop. At the same time, the Saundra goes to Kessel's to pawn an imitation of the necklace, unaware that she is being followed by Compeau. When the boys arrive at the shop a few minutes later, they stumble upon Kessel's stabbed body and are arrested by the police.
At the police station, Capt. Jacobs then forces Muggs to hand over the diamond, but none of the boys will reveal its source. After Compeau and Mallet realize that the necklace from Kessel's is an imitation, Mallet sneaks into Saundra's apartment, but discovers that she and her aunt have moved out. Mallet finds a coded message left behind by Mrs. Darcy for Muggs and deduces that it is the address of their new location. Compeau, meanwhile, responds to a newspaper item about the diamond and, while convincing Capt. Jacobs that the gem is his, learns that Muggs and the gang retrieved it.
After the boys are released, Compeau follows them to their clubhouse and demands the necklace at gunpoint. Glimpy takes Compeau by surprise, however, and grabs his gun and the necklace. Compeau escapes the clubhouse, but Skinny and another gang member follow him to the mansion, then report his whereabouts to Muggs. At the same time, Marty, Glimpy's Merchant Marine cousin who is in love with Saundra, unwittingly reveals to the police that he went to Kessel's just before he was found dead to buy an engagement ring, and is arrested on suspicion of murder. Mrs. Darcy then phones Muggs at the tenement and informs him of their new address, but before the gang arrives there, Mallet shows up.
Saundra is alone and, not suspecting her cousin, happily invites him inside. Mallet starts to strangle Saundra, but is interrupted by the arrival of the boys. After Mallet escapes unharmed, Saundra informs the gang that the necklace they took from Compeau is a fake. The boys pledge to retrieve the real necklace and head for the mansion, while at the police station, Saundra and Mrs. Darcy reveal their identities to Capt. Jacobs and get Marty out of jail. After Capt. Jacobs informs Saundra and Mrs. Darcy that the prime minister is in the country, the boys, who are staking out the mansion, see the women being taken inside and assume they have been kidnapped.
Muggs sends Glimpy to notify the police, then he and the others break into the house and take Compeau by surprise. Before they can claim the necklace from him, Mallet shows up, and a fight ensues. The boys soon overpower Mallet and Compeau and expose them as criminals both to the police and the prime minister. Later, Marty proposes to Saundra, and the happy couple contemplate the day when they can return to Toscania as prince and princess.
Mr. Muggs Rides Again - July 1945 - Directed by Wallace Fox
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Ethelbert Aloysius 'Muggs' McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; William 'Billy' Benedict as Skinny (as Billy Benedict); Johnny Duncan Johnny Duncan as Squeegie Robinson; Buddy Gorman as (as Bud Gorman); Mende Koenig as Sam; Minerva Urecal as Nora 'Ma' Brown; Nancy Brinckman as Elsie Brown; Bernard Thomas as Gaby O'Neill (as Bernerd Thomas); George Meeker as Dollar Davis; John Henry Allen as Scruno (as John H. Allen); Pierre Watkin as Dr. Fletcher; Milton Kibbee as Veterinarian; Frank Jaquet as Steward Farns
The boys try to help a jockey who is framed after he refuses to throw a race for a gangster.
After an electric "buzzing" device is found near his winning horse Turnabout, jockey Muggs is questioned by track officials. Despite his protests that Turnabout's owner, gambler Dollar Davis, and his righthand man, Gaby O'Neill, planted the device on Turnabout so that they could bet against him, Muggs is suspended indefinitely from horseracing. Embittered, Muggs is about to quit racing forever when he and his gang of friends, The East Side Kids, learn that Mrs. Nora Brown, whom they call "Ma," is about to lose her stable because of an unpaid feed bill. Pooling their savings, Muggs and the boys give Ma enough money to pay her debt, which had been bought up by the scheming Davis.
Muggs then insists on caring for Sweet Alice, Ma's other horse, who has a lame leg. After sneaking Alice into the gang's clubhouse in New York's East Side, Muggs tricks an orthopedic specialist into examining her. Although Alice eventually recovers, her presence in the clubhouse is discovered by a policeman, who threatens to arrest the entire gang. Before they are hauled off to jail, however, Ma shows up with her niece Elsie. Having won several races with her prize horse Storm Cloud, Ma is now solvent and able to reclaim Alice and to offer the gang jobs. Ma is anxious to enter Storm Cloud in the upcoming handicap race and agrees to enter Alice too, as a way to boost Storm Cloud's enthusiasm.
When Elsie, who is becoming romantically involved with Gaby against Muggs's stern advice, announces she is consulting a fortune teller about the race, Muggs and the boys decide to follow her to the local fair. There, gang member Glimpy dons the drunken fortune-teller's disguise and offers to "tell" Elsie's fortune. After Glimpy condemns Gaby, a former East Side Kid, as a double-crosser, a confused Elsie runs away crying. Muggs then calls Gaby a "four-flusher" to his face, and later, a guilt-ridden Gaby announces to Davis that he is quitting. Davis, however, orders thugs Joe English and Mike Hanlin to kill Gaby and drug Storm Cloud, the only horse he believes is capable of beating Turnabout in the handicap. When the boys find Storm Cloud drugged and unable to race, they immediately assume Gaby is guilty.
Muggs and Elsie drive to the city to confront Gaby, and on the way, Elsie reveals that Ma wants to win the race because she is terminally ill and needs money for medical and funeral expenses. By the time they arrive at Gaby's, he has been shot and is on his way to the hospital. Unable to question Gaby, Muggs returns to Ma, who announces her decision not to run either horse in the race. Later, however, Ma learns that Gaby has recovered enough to talk and is willing to clear Muggs. When Davis hears the news, he sends Hanlin and English to finish the job on Gaby, and the thugs arrive at the hospital at the same time as Muggs and the gang.
The boys quickly overwhelm the would-be killers and sneak Gaby out of the hospital. As Gaby and the gang race to meet with the racing official, they are pursued by Hanlin and English. The boys out-drive their enemies and burst into the official's office in time for Gaby to clear Muggs. The official then declares Muggs eligible to race in the handicap, and the next day, Muggs rides Alice to victory. Later, newlyweds Gaby and Elsie take off on their honeymoon with a grateful Ma.
Come Out Fighting - September 1945 - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Mugs McGinnis; Huntz Hall as Glimpy; William 'Billy' Benedict as Skinny (as Billy Benedict); Gabriel Dell as Pete; June Carlson as Jane Riley; Amelita Ward as Rita Joyce; Addison Richards as Police Commissioner James Mitchell; George Meeker as Silk Henley; Johnny Duncan as Gilbert Mitchell; Buddy Gorman as Sammy (as Bud Gorman); Fred Kelsey as Mr. McGinnis, Sr. (as Fred Kelsy); Douglas Wood as Mayor; Milton Kibbee as Police chief; Pat Gleason as Little Pete Vargas; Robert Homans as Police Sergeant Tom Riley
The boys give boxing lessons to the police commissioner's sissy son and get involved in a gambling ring.
After Officer McGowan chases them out of their clubhouse because neighbors are complaining about the noise, the East Side Kids find themselves with no place to train for the upcoming interborough boxing competition. To solve the problem, Muggs takes the boys to see his girl friend Jane's father, police sergeant Tom Riley, the right-hand man to newly elected police commissioner James Mitchell. Gilbert Mitchell, the commissioner's son, overhears their conversation with Tom and, attracted to Jane, offers to discuss the problem with his father. After the sympathetic Mitchell agrees to straighten the matter out with McGowan, Gilbert invites Jane and the boys to watch him perform with his "club" that night.
Much to Muggs's and the boys' dismay, the club turns out to be a dance company, and the show is a ballet. Later, Muggs, who is jealous of Jane's interest in Gilbert, invites the dancer to the gang's clubhouse, intending to humiliate him. Gilbert accepts, then heads for a party with Rita Joyce, a woman he met outside police headquarters. Unknown to Gilbert, Rita has been hired by racketeer "Silk" Henley to entrap him in order to discredit his father. Gilbert is given spiked drinks at the party, and the next day, wakes up with his first hangover. Concerned that his son has had too much "Park Avenue" in his upbringing, Mitchell drops by the East Side Kids's clubhouse to ask Muggs to befriend Gilbert. Muggs assures Mitchell that he will "take care of" Gilbert and plans a party for him. To Muggs's surprise, Gilbert not only monopolizes all the pretty girls at the party, but easily knocks out Danny Moore, their entry in the boxing tournament. Later, at one of Henley's high-class gambling houses, Rita teaches the naïve Gilbert a new "system" for playing the roulette wheel, encouraging him to double his bets every time he loses.
Having learned a lesson from Gilbert, Muggs, meanwhile, takes the boys to watch a ballet company practice and then orders them to imitate the steps as part of their boxing training. Later, Muggs and club member Glimpy are hired to work with Muggs's father on a plumbing job at Little Pete Vargas' new gambling house. Vargas is Henley's main rival, and when Whitey, Henley's dismissed bodyguard, comes to see him about work, Vargas decides to use Whitey against Henley by having him report Henley's illegal activities to Mitchell. The next day, Muggs gets into a fight with Vargas' bodyguard and knocks him out. Impressed, Vargas hires Muggs as his chauffeur and takes him along to a meeting with Henley, who has just heard about Whitey's talk with Mitchell. Vargas denies Henley's accusation that he is "moving in on" his territory and gives him an invitation to his casino opening. Muggs and Glimpy spot Rita at Henley's, and that night, when they see her entering Vargas' casino with Gilbert, they sense trouble.
Muggs and the gang break into Vargas' club just as the police, having been alerted by Henley, raid the place. Although the rest of the gang escapes, Muggs is arrested after sneaking Gilbert out. Because of his arrest, Muggs is barred from participating in the boxing tournament. Gilbert and Jane try to convince the depressed Muggs to reveal the truth, but Muggs insists that Gilbert's involvement with Rita must be kept a secret. Gilbert reluctantly agrees to remain silent and also agrees to replace Danny, whose hand was injured during the raid, in the tournament. The inexperienced Gilbert struggles through the first two rounds of the match, but after Muggs whispers to him to use his ballet moves, he scores an easy knockout. Later, Gilbert tells his father, who proudly watched his son in the ring, what happened at Vargas', and Mitchell publicly clears Muggs of all wrongdoing. Mitchell then declares Muggs a model citizen and presents the East Side Kids with a trophy.
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This series of comedies found the Boys in a variety of situations, always with the underrated (and critically unappreciated) comedy duo of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall as the focus. The earlier films (1946-1950) had an overtone of gangster melodrama, while the later films were pure slapstick.
Leo Gorcey began to drink heavily after the death of his father, Bernard Gorcey, in late 1955. In fact, he appears to be intoxicated in his final film, Crashing Las Vegas. The producers of the series replaced Gorcey with former East Side Kid Stanley Clements for the last seven films. The chemistry that worked so well between Gorcey and Hall never materialized with Clements and this, along with the fact that the "Boys" were now well into their 30's and the lack of demand for programmer type films such as these due to TV, proved to be the death knell of the series.
Making steady appearances in this series were:
Leo Gorcey as Terrence Aloyius "Slip" Mahoney
Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy "Sach" Jones
Bobby Jordan as Bobby (last film: Bowery Buckaroos - 1947)
Billy Benedict as Whitey
David Gorcey as Chuck
Bennie Bartlett as Butch
Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowski, proprietor of Louie's Sweet Shop in most of the films.
Gabriel Dell appeared in a variety of roles, once again usually as an authority figure peripherally connected with the gang. Dell's final film was Blues Busters.
Stanley Clements appeared as Stanislaus "Duke" Coveleske in the last seven pictures.
The production values of these films are far higher than any of the Little Tough Guys and East Side Kids. Most fans agree that the Bowery Boys series is the best of these three.
I feel that Live Wires (which features gigantic tough guy, Mike Mazurki), Mr. Hex and Blues Busters are among the best in this series.
|Quick List of Bowery Boys Films|
1946 - Live Wires
1946 - In Fast Company
1946 - Bowery Bombshell
1946 - Spook Busters
1946 - Mr. Hex
1947 - Hard Boiled Mahoney
1947 - News Hounds
1947 - Bowery Buckaroos
1948 - Angels' Alley
1948 - Jinx Money
1948 - Smugglers' Cove
1948 - Trouble Makers
1949 - Fighting Fools
1949 - Hold That Baby!
1949 - Angels in Disguise
1949 - Master Minds
|1950 - Blonde Dynamite
1950 - Lucky Losers
1950 - Triple Trouble
1950 - Blues Busters
1951 - Bowery Battalion
1951 - Ghost Chasers
1951 - Let's Go Navy!
1951 - Crazy Over Horses
1952 - Hold That Line
1952 - Here Come the Marines
1952 - Feudin' Fools
1952 - No Holds Barred
1953 - Jalopy
1953 - Loose in London
1953 - Clipped Wings
1953 - Private Eyes
|1954 - Paris Playboys
1954 - The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters
1954 - Jungle Gents
1955 - Bowery to Bagdad
1955 - High Society
1955 - Spy Chasers
1955 - Jail Busters
1956 - Dig That Uranium
1956 - Crashing Las Vegas
1956 - Fighting Trouble
1956 - Hot Shots
1957 - Hold That Hypnotist
1957 - Spook Chasers
1957 - Looking for Danger
1957 - Up in Smoke
1958 - In the Money
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Live Wires - January 1946 64 minutes - Directed by Phil Karlson
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as 'Sach' Jones; Mike Mazurki as Patsy 'Pat' Clark; Bobby Jordan as Bobby; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); William Frambes as Homer; Claudia Drake as Jeanette; Pamela Blake as Mary Mahoney; John Eldredge as Herbert L. Sayers; Patti Brill as Mabel, the Waitress; Bernard Gorcey as Jack Kane; Bill Christy as Boyfriend (Dynamite Doyle) (as Billy Christy); Nancy Brinckman as Girlfriend; Robert Emmett Keane as Mr. Barton (as Robert E. Keane); Earle Hodgins as Barker
Slip and Sach are process servers and meet up with the giant gangster Patsy Clark.
Slip loses job after job due to his quick temper, much to the distress of his sister, Mary. Slip applies for a job with Herbert Sayers, Mary's boss. Slip is sure that he will be an executive but he is ordered to work shovelling dirt on a construction site. He gets in a fight and loses the job. Slip then joins Sach who is working as a skip tracer. His assignment is repossess a car from singer Jeanette, who works at the High Hat Club. Jeanette offers to get Slip a different job with her friends if he agrees to look the other way.
When he arrives at her apartment to meet her friends, he sees a photograph of Sayers, Mary's boss, on a table. Jeanette claims that she and Sayers are no longer involved but Slip is skeptical. Jeanette does not intend to find Slip a job but plots to have him killed. While they are driving to the fatal meeting, Slip manages to repossess her car. Slip is so successful his boss, Barton, asks him and Sach to serve summons on auto thieves, Patsy Clark and Pigeon. Meanwhile, Sayers asks Mary to come to Mexico with him on business. Assuming that Patsy is a woman, Slip sets off to deliver the summons.
Patsy turns out to be a gigantic man. Posing as an employee of Patsy's out-of-town gangster pal, Slip waits for an opportunity either to escape or serve the summons. While he is with Patsy, Slip learns that Pigeon is actually Sayers and is going to Mexico to avoid arrest. Sach and the boys come to Slip's rescue and the fight attracts the police, who arrest Patsy. Slip and the boys rush to the airport to stop Sayers from leaving the country. Mary is so proud of her brother that she punches Jeanette when she makes a disparaging comment about him. Slip is delighted and pronounces his sister "a real Mahoney."
In Fast Company - June 1946 65 minutes - Directed by Del Lord
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Jane Randolph as Marian McCormick; Judy Clark as Mabel Dumbrowski; Bobby Jordan as
Bobby; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Douglas Fowley as Steve Trent; Marjorie Woodworth as Sally Turner; Charles D. Brown as Father Donovan; Paul Harvey as Patrick McCormick; Luis Alberni as Tony the Fruit Vendor; Mary Gordon as Mrs. Cassidy; Bernard Gorcey as Louie; George Eldredge as Officer
The Red Circle Cab Company is wrecking other cabs, so Slip and the gang take matters into their own hands.
Steve Trent, head of Red Circle Cabs, tries to buy John Cassidy's independent taxi business. When Cassidy turns him down, Trent then orders his cabbies to drive Cassidy off the road. Cassidy is injured and his cab is wrecked. Father Donovan asks Slip to take over Cassidy's hack until he has recovered. Slip turns him down but Father Donovan connives to get Slip to drive the cab. While Slip is driving Cassidy's cab, two Red Circle cabbies torment him.
Slip calls the other Boys to his aid and they disable the Red Circle cabs and do good business for the rest of the night. The next night, Slip and the boys again take on the Red Circle cabbies. Trent offers Slip a job as supervisor for Red Circle but Slip turns him down. A beautiful woman hires Slip to drive out of town but diverts him to a side street, where Red Circle employees beat him up. Returning to Cassidy's garage, Slip tells the boys that they will stay in the taxi business until Cassidy recovers. When Chuck is attacked by Red Circle, Slip declares all out war. The Boys descend on Red Circle owner Patrick McCormick's house but he is on his way to the airport and will not listen. Slip drives him to the airport but hits a police car and is arrested. Marian, McCormick's daughter, bails Slip out of jail after Father Donovan tells her the whole story. Later, Marian asks Slip to pick up her father at the airport. Meanwhile, Trent orders his drivers to destroy the Cassidy cabs and Slip.
Returning from the airport, Marian tells her father what she knows but he doesn't believe her. When a Red Circle taxi tries to run them off the road, McCormick is convinced that Slip has been telling the truth. Sure that Slip has been taken care of, Trent heads for Cassidy's garage, and there McCormick vows to put him in jail. After a fight between Trent's men and the Boys, the police take Trent and his cronies to jail and McCormick offers Cassidy a job as general manager.
Bowery Bombshell - July 20 1946 65 minutes - Directed by Phil Karlson
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bobby Jordan as Bobby; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Teala Loring as Cathy Smith; Sheldon Leonard as Ace Deuce Baker; Daun Kennedy as Maizie (as Dawn Kennedy); James Burke as Detective O'Malley; Vince Barnett as Street Cleaner; William 'Wee Willie' Davis as Moose McCall (as Wee Willie Davis); William Ruhl as Henchman Spike; Emmett Vogan as Mr. Johnson; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Milton Parsons as Prof. Schnackenberger
While Sach is having his picture taken near a bank, a robbery is committed and Sach becomes the prime suspect
Slip resolves to take out a loan to save Louie's sweet shop. Before the Boys enter the bank, they meet their friend, sidewalk photographer Cathy Smith, and Sach asks her to take his picture. Just as she snaps his photograph, three robbers run out of a bank. When Slip learns there is a reward for the capture of the robbers, he believes that the photograph might include a picture of the men. When he asks Cathy about the photograph, she explains that she has already turned her camera in to her employer.
With Cathy's help, the boys break into the photo laboratory just as there is an explosion inside. To their disappointment, the only person in Cathy's photograph is Sach. Thinking the police might suspect Sach is one of the thieves, Slip removes the negative intending to destroy it. Before they can leave the laboratory, Cathy and the boys are confronted by policeman O'Malley and Cathy's boss, Mr. Johnson, who have come to investigate the explosion. Johnson fires Cathy and chases the boys away. Slip loses Sach's photograph, and it shows up on the front page of the newspaper. Gangster Ace Deuce, who actually engineered the hold-up with Feather-Fingers, spreads the rumor that Sach was working for a rival gang.
While the police and Deuce's men search for Sach, who is hiding in Cathy's apartment, the rest of the boys try to discover the identity of the real bank robbers. They learn that the robbers are working for Deuce and Slip devises a plan to force Deuce to implicate himself. Impersonating the head of the rival gang, Slip carries out his plan. Cathy takes a photograph as evidence but on their way out of Deuce's nightclub, they are recognized by a street cleaner, who was Deuce's lookout during the robbery. Deuce sends Moose McCall after the boys. At the laboratory, where Cathy and the boys are developing her photograph, Moose drinks one of Professor Schrackenberger's concoctions. The professor declares that Moose is now a human bomb. Slip agrees to take the alarmed Moose to a hospital only if he will testify against Deuce. After some confusion, the police arrest the gang. The boys give the reward money to Louie, and Cathy's photograph of Deuce earns her a newspaper job.
Spook Busters - Aug. 1946 68 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Gabe Dell first Bowery Boys appearance.
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Douglass Dumbrille as Dr. Coslow; Bobby Jordan as Bobby; Gabriel Dell as Gabe 'Gabie' Moreno; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Tanis Chandler as Mignon Moreno; Maurice Cass as Dr. Bender; Vera Lewis as Mrs. Grimm; Charles Middleton as
Mr. Stiles; Chester Clute as Brown; Richard Alexander as Ivan; Bernard Gorcey as Louis Xavier 'Louie' Dumbrowski; Charles Millsfield as Dean Pettyboff
The boys went to school to learn exterminating and have opened shop. Their first assignment is to exterminate ghosts in a spooky mansion.
Jobs are scarce after the Boys graduate from exterminating school, so when the Brown Realty Company hires them to exterminate the Menlo estate, the boys eagerly set off, undeterred by rumors that the place, which was formerly owned by a magician, is haunted.
They almost change their minds when they arrive, as the house is dark and is located next to a graveyard. Inside the house, the boys are frightened by mysterious happenings. The house is being used as a hideaway for Dr. Coslow, who, with the help of prisoner, Dr. Bender, plans to transplant a human brain into a gorilla. The boys receive extra help when Gabe, who has returned from the Navy, arrives with his French wife Mignon. Sach disappears when he plays a tune on a piano, which causes the wall to rotate. Then, Mignon is captured by Coslow's men. While Coslow watches on closed circuit television, the boys search for their two missing friends. Meanwhile, Mignon and Sach both discover that Coslow has built a laboratory in the basement, whose entrance is located in an outside grave.
Coslow decides that Sach is the perfect person for his experiment but before he can carry out the operation, Slip accidentally finds the laboratory as well. With Dr. Bender's help, Slip slows down Coslow's men by dousing them with ether. The rest of the boys eventually break through the ceiling into the lab and attempt to subdue Coslow. In the meantime, one of the gang who has gone for help, finally returns with the police, who round up Coslow and his men.
Mr. Hex - November 1946 63 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Sach Sullivan; Bobby Jordan as Bobby; Gabriel Dell as Gabe Moreno; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as
Chuck; Gale Robbins as Gloria Williams; Ben Welden as Bull Laguna (as Ben Weldon); Ian Keith as Mr. Raymond, the Hypnotist; Sammy Cohen as 'Evil-Eye' Fagin; Bernard Gorcey as Louie; William Ruhl as
Mob Leader; Danny Beck as Danny the Dip; Rita Lynn as Mazie; Joe Gray as Billy Butterworth
Sach takes on superhuman strength when put into a trance by a magician
Spotting a poster which offers $2,500 to the winner of an amateur boxing match, Slip puts Sach into training in order to give the money to Gloria, the Boys favorite singer, who is caring for her sick. When hypnotist Raymond visits the Louie's, Slip asks him to teach him how to hypnotize Sach. Raymond hypnotizes Sach and gives Slip a coin that will instantly put Sach back into hypnosis.
The hypnotized Sach is now so good he attracts the attention Bull Laguna's gambling ring. Laguna decides to enter a former boxing champion, unrecognizable fron plastic surgery, in the contest. Using the name Billy Butterworth, the former champ easily wins his fights and is soon set to face Sach.
Laguna then asks Gabe to suggest that people bet against Sach. In return, Laguna offers Gloria a job singing. After Laguna makes a pass at Gloria, Gabe becomes disillusioned and wants Sach to win the fight so that Gloria will not have to work for Laguna. Gabe refuses to tell Laguna how Slip hypnotizes Sach but Laguna persuades him to cooperate by revealing Billy's real identity and convincing him that Sach cannot win. After sending a pickpocket to steal the coin Slip uses to hypnotize Sach, Laguna hires "Evil Eye" Fagin to hex Sach. The pickpocket mistakenly steals Sach's good luck piece instead of the coin and during the fight, Sach is torn between the powers of Slip and Evil Eye.
One of the boys blinds Evil Eye with the flash of a camera but the pickpocket succeeds in stealing Slip's coin. While Slip frantically tries to find the coin again, Gabe reveals Billy's real identity to Gloria, who insists that he tell the judges. One of Laguna's men then shoots Gabe but after the match ends in a double knockout, the judges disqualify Billy. Laguna and his men are arrested, and Gloria reveals that she is in love with Gabe.
Hard Boiled Mahoney - April 1947 63 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bobby Jordan as Bobby; Gabriel Dell as Gabe 'Gabie'; Betty Compson as Selena Webster; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Teala Loring as Eleanor Williams; Dan Seymour as Dr. Armand; Byron Foulger as Prof. Quizard; Patti Brill as Alice; Pierre Watkin as Dr. Rolfe Carter; Danny Beck as Lennie the Meatball; Bernard Gorcey as Louie; Carmen D'Antonio as Armand's Receptionist (as Carmen De Antonio)
Slip and Sach go to a detective's office to collect salary earned there by Sach. A woman mistakes them for sleuths and hires them to find a missing woman
Slip goes with Sach to collect a paycheck from detective Grogan but he is on vacation. Sach and Slip accept a case from Selena Webster, who claims her sister, Eleanor Williams, is missing. Slip and Sach then form a detective agency with their friends and their first assignment is to visit psychic Dr. Rolfe Carter, from whom Eleanor had been seeking advice after the disappearance of her husband Tom.
After the boys are thrown out of Carter's office, they follow him to the Wentworth Arms apartments. Slip enters room 5C just as Carter is shot to death and is knocked out. Upon reviving, he sees Eleanor calling the police and finds a bundle of letters. Slip tells Eleanor that he was hired by her sister to find her but she denies having a sister and conjectures that the killer worked for Dr. Armand. In Louie's Sweet Shop, Slip pays an informer to identify Armand and learns that he heads a fortune-telling syndicate. Undercover, Slip pays Armand to read his fortune in order to get his fingerprints but Armand knows who he is and holds him and Sach hostage. Selena, Armand's assistant, explains to Slip that Armand used fortune telling to learn incriminating secrets about her and Eleanor and tried to blackmail them.
Eleanor, believing her husband dead, began a love affai, but when she discovered Tom was alive, she hired Carter to steal some love letters she wrote from Armand. Carter stole a bundle of letters, including Selena's but Eleanor's were not among them and he was killed before he could switch Selena's letters for Eleanor's. Selena helps Slip and Sach escape They elude Armand's henchmen by posing as the "brain trust" of Professor Quizard on a radio game show. At Louie's, Selena visits Slip, Sach and the boys, who ask her for an affidavit stating that Armand killed Carter. Armand enters with his henchmen and waits for Eleanor. After she arrives, Slip's girlfriend Alice arrives with Tom and the police and Armand is arrested.
News Hounds - Aug. 1947 68 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence J. Montgomery 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bobby Jordan as Bobby; Gabriel Dell as Gabe; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Christine McIntyre as Jane P. Connelly; Tim Ryan as John 'Bullfrog' Burke; Anthony Caruso as Dapper Dan Greco; Bill Kennedy as Mark Morgan; Ralph Dunn as
'Dutch' Miller; Nita Bieber as Mame; John Hamilton as Timothy X. 'Big Tim' Donlin; Terry Goodman as Little Boy; Robert Emmett Keane as Mack Snide
Slip and Sach work for the Daily Chronicle. They try to find evidence about underworld fixing of sports events.
Sports reporter, Mark Morgan, tells Slip that his story has flaws but praises it for being "colorful." When Slip learns that a gambling bust is underway, he and his pals go the hotel where the arrests are being made, hoping to get the story, but are forced aside. Later, Slip's pal Gabe, a gambler, gives Slip a tip on Dutch Miller's fixed sports scheme and the "news hounds" get to work on the story.
Pretending to represent Dutch, Slip and Sach visit gangster "Dapper Dan" Greco and try to get him to place a bet on the upcoming Jim Gale fight. Greco promises them $50,000 for the bet but Dutch soon finds out that they have been duped. When Slip and Sach return to get the money, they find Dutch there waiting for them. They try to flee but are stopped by Dutch's thugs and given a beating. Slip discovers that Big Tim Donlin is the head of the syndicate, but Morgan steals his scoop and sends it to the editor with his name on it. When the story hits the streets the racketeers threaten to sue the newspaper for $4,000,000 unless it can furnish evidence to support its accusations.
The editor is angered when Morgan is unable to supply the photographs to prove that the story is true. Slip is confident that he can verify the story with pictures taken by Sach, not realizing that Sach has lost his camera. Things look bad for the newspaper at the trial until the pictures are found at the last minute and the suit is thrown out. With Greco, Miller and Donlin charged in the sports scandal, the news hound's future in the newspaper business appears secure.
Bowery Buckaroos - November 1947 66 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip' Mahoney, aka 'Dead-Eye Dan McGurke; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bobby Jordan as Bobby; Gabriel Dell as Gabe, aka The Klondike Kid; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Julie Gibson as Katherine Briggs; Russell Simpson as Sheriff Luke Barlow; Minerva Urecal as U.S. Marshal Kate T. Barlow; Norman Willis as
Blackjack McCoy (as Jack Norman); Iron Eyes Cody as Indian Joe; Bernard Gorcey as Louie, aka Louie the Lout; Rosa Turich as Ramona (Katherine's servant); Chief Yowlachie as Big Chief Hi-Octane (as Chief Yowlachi); Sherman Sanders as Rufe (henchman)
Sach can't understand why Louie gets nervous when a western sheriff comes looking for Louie The Lout. Louie then tells the boys he is Louie The Lout, who 20 years earlier had left the west to escape a murder charge. The boys set out to clear Louie.
Sheriff Luke Barlow, of Hangman's Hollow, New Mexico, visits Louie's sweet shop to arrest Louie for the twenty-year-old murder of Pete Briggs, his partner in a gold mine. After Barlow leaves, Louie explains to the Boys that he was framed by saloon owner Blackjack, who killed Pete for the gold but never found it. The map to the treasure, which he hopes to restore to Pete's daughter Kathryn, is painted on Louie's back.
Slip sends cardsharp Gabe to Hangman's Hollow to acquaint himself with Blackjack. Slip and the Boys follow Gabe after painting a copy of the map on Sach's back. As they near Hangman's Hollow, they are met by a band of Indians. Sach shows the map to Indian Joe and he reports to Blackjack, who orders his men to shoot at the boys when they arrive in town. The local marshal is Luke's wife, Kate T. Barlow, who lives with Carolyn Briggs, a sharpshooter at Blackjack's saloon. Slip and the boys tell Kate they are looking for a baby named Kathryn Briggs and show her a photograph of an infant that Louie had given them which matches one in her scrapbook.
Sleeping outdoors, Sach is taken hostage by Indian Joe and brought to Blackjack. Enroute they go through a pond and the map is washed off. In Blackjack's saloon, Gabe introduces Slip to Blackjack as sharpshooting outlaw "Dead Eye" Dan McGurke. Slip fools Blackjack into believing he is a perfect shot by hitting the center of an ace of spades, which Carolyn has actually shot. Carolyn matches her childhood photo with Slip's and he realizes she is Pete's grown daughter.
Sach has told Blackjack that there is another map and, thinking it is on the back of one of the boys, Blackjack's men stage a hoedown in which they try to pull off the boys' shirts. Slip holds up Blackjack and brings him to the Barlow ranch. By stringing him up in a bull pen, Slip and the boys force Blackjack to confess to murdering Pete and framing Louie. Louie arrives with Luke for his hanging but is exonerated, and Sach follows with Blackjack's men as his captives.
Angels' Alley - March 1948 67 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Sach 'Turkey' Horace Debussy Jones; Gabriel Dell as Ricky Moreno; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Frankie Darro as Jimmy; Nestor Paiva as Tony 'Piggy' Locarno; Rosemary La Planche as Daisy Harris; Geneva Gray as Josie O'Neill; Benny Bartlett as Harry 'Jag' Harmon (as Bennie Bartlett); John Eldredge as Asst. Dist. Atty. John Willis; Nelson Leigh as Father O'Hanlon; Thomas Menzies as Boomer O'Neill (as Tommy Menzies); Mary Gordon as Mrs. Mamie Mahoney; Dick Paxton as
Jockey Burns (as Richard Paxton)
Slip hopes his cousin ex-convict Jimmy will be a good addition to the family but trouble ensues.
Slip is sweet on Daisy but she prefers punk gangster Ricky. Slip gives flowers intended for Daisy to Josie, whose younger brother Boomer idolizes him. Slip gives Father O'Hanlon a ride to the Boy's Club where the priest learns Andy Miller missed appointments with his probation officer. Andy joins racketeer Lucarno's auto-theft gang and, along with Harry "Jag" Harmon, steals a car but is caught. Andy and Jag each receive a nine-month sentence.
In the meantime, Slip's cousin Jimmie has gone to work for Lucarno. When Slip and his pals discover Jimmie robbing a warehouse, Slip tries to stop him but Jimmie slugs him. The night watchman calls the cops and Slip is arrested. At his trial, Slip refuses to implicate Jimmie and is sentenced to serve eighteen months. Father O'Hanlon speaks to the judge on Slip's behalf and the magistrate suspends his sentence and places Slip on probation in Father O'Hanlon's custody. Lucarno asks Daisy to recruit Slip to his gang. Jimmie tries to go straight and apologizes to Slip. Boomer is hit by a car and is seriousy injured.
After Jimmie is beaten up by Lucarno's thugs because he refused to work for him, he tells Slip that it was one of Lucarno's men who was driving the car that hit Boomer. Slip accepts a job from Lucarno in order to infiltrate his organization and bring it down. When Father O'Hanlon learns that Slip is working for Lucarno, he warns Lucarno not to involve his boys in his rackets and socks him. Slip tips off the DA about Lucarno's upcoming scheme. Slip steals the mayor's car, while Sach steals a police car and Whitey and Chuck also steal cars. All head for Lucarno's garage headquarters. Lucarno shows up to inspect the cars but draws a gun on Slip, telling him he knows he has taken the mayor's car. Sach is en route with police cars in pursuit. They follow him into the garage and the police arrest Lucarno.
Jinx Money - June 1948 68 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Gabriel Dell as Gabe; Sheldon Leonard as Lippy Harris; Donald MacBride as Police Capt. James Q. Broaderik; Betty Caldwell as Candy McGill; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; John Eldredge as Lullaby Kane; Ben Welden as Benny the Meatball; Lucien Littlefield as Tipper; Bernard Gorcey as Louie; Benny Bartlett as Butch; Benny Baker as Augie Pollack; Ralph Dunn as Jake 'Cold Deck' Shapiro
The Bowery Boys find a dead gangster's loot-and the mob out to get it back.
A gang of thieves loses $50,000 when Augie, one of its members, steals the cash and is then held up by a man with a trick umbrella and killed. Before dying, Augie had kicked the money, wrapped in some newspaper, into the street and it is found by Sach and Slip. Gabe, their reporter friend, announces their find in the newspaper and gang member Jack "Cold-Deck" Shapiro comes to Louie's Sweet Shop to collect the money at gunpoint. Shapiro is poisoned by the man with the umbrella but the money is not taken.
Sach and Slip call the police and the hot-tempered Lt. Broaderik interrogates them. Later Slip decides to give the money to charity but the thieves scheme to get the money. The thieves ill-treated flunky, Tipper, turns informant and identifies the gang to the police as Benny, "The Meatball," Lullaby Schmo, Candy McGill and Lippy Harris.
Meanwhile, Slip, Sach and the Boys hide the money in their basement clubhouse and are held up by Benny, who is then killed by the man with the umbrella. Again the money is not taken and the boys split up in search of the killer. Candy and Lullaby pair up, intending to lure Slip to Candy's apartment and Slip easily falls for her. Lippy arrives at Candy's first and kills Lullaby. When Slip and Candy arrive, Lippy demands the money.
Slip then orders Sach to bring the money. Sach arrives with a rolled-up newspaper and hands it over to Lippy, who is killed outside the apartment. Gabe and Broaderik arrive with the boys, and Lullaby's dead body falls out of a closet. Although the killer absconded with the newspaper this time, Sach happily announces that it contains only his laundry, and that he has the money. Slip, afraid of the jinx that the money seems to hold, turns it over to Broaderik. The man with the umbrella turns is Tipper, who visits the boys's clubhouse and demands the money. Broaderick arrives in time to arrest him, and Gabe takes a photograph of Sach with the killer. Broaderik later reports that the money now belongs to Slip, who doles it out in Louie's Sweet Shop to agents of local charities.
Smugglers' Cove - October 1948 66 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terrence 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Sach; Gabriel Dell as Gabe Moreno; Martin Kosleck as Count Boris Petrov; Paul Harvey as Terrence Mahoney Esq.; Amelita Ward as
Teresa Mahoney; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Jacqueline Dalya as Sandra Hasso; Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Eddie Gribbon as Digger, the Caretaker; Hans Schumm as Karl (as Andre Pola); Gene Roth as Capt. Franz Drum (as Gene Stutenroth); Emmett Vogan as Attorney T.P. Williams; Buddy Gorman as Messenger Boy
While Slip and Sach are working as janitors, Slip accepts a telegram informing him that Terrance Mahoney Esquire has inherited an old estate. Confusing himself for that person, Slip takes the boys to the Long Island mansion where a smuggling ring is in operation.
Amateur detectives Slip and Sach are working as an office cleaning crew when a letter is delivered to Terence Mahoney, Esquire, informing him of an inheritance from his uncle of a Long Island cliff house called Mahoney Manor. Slip assumes the letter was meant for him and goes with his friends to the manor, unaware that the real Terence Mahoney, Esq. and his daughter Teresa are awaiting the arrival of the letter.
As Slip approaches the front door to the manor, a gunshot goes off. Undaunted, Slip confronts the caretaker, Digger, who is really the henchman for a foreign smuggler and diamond thief named Count Boris Petrov, who is using the manor as his headquarters. Digger welcomes the boys and shows them to their rooms. Petrov sets about trying to scare them into leaving by peering menacingly through their windows. The next morning, the boys follow guard dog through a secret passageway in the fireplace and are caught by Petrov and locked up in a basement room. Mahoney, Esq., badly in need of a rest cure, arrives with Teresa, and Digger gives them the bedrooms upstairs.
In the night, they, too, are frightened by Petrov's face at their windows. Next, the boys' reporter friend, Gabe, arrives and discovers the real Mahoney in bed. He then notices a series of light flashes sending a code across the water. He discovers Digger and a sea captain accompanying a foreign woman into a cave that leads from the shore to the manor. Petrov immediately demands the precious Monrovian diamond from the woman, who is Sandra Hasso, and she reluctantly removes it from her hair. Gabe reenters the manor and, hearing Sach screaming in a panic, frees the boys. Gabe tells them that Mahoney is the boss of the smugglers, but when they awaken him, he proves he is the rightful heir to the house. With Mahoney and Gabe's help, the boys catch the criminals and retrieve the diamond. Mahoney, already tired of country living, then gives the manor to Slip.
Trouble Makers - December 1948 69 minutes - Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Sach, also called 'Chopper' McGee; Gabriel Dell as Police Officer Gabe Moreno; Frankie Darro as Ben Feathers; Lionel Stander as 'Hatchet' Moran; John Ridgely as 'Silky' Thomas; Helen Parrish as Ann Prescott; Fritz Feld as Mr. Andre Schmidtlap - Hotel Manager; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Benny Bartlett as Butch; Cliff Clark as Police Captain Madison; Charles La Torre as Needles, the Tailor; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowski; William Ruhl as Police Sergeant Jones
While looking through a telescope, the boys witness a murder.
Slip and Sach operate a sidewalk telescope star-gazing business. Looking through the telescope, Slip sees a man being strangled at the El Royale Hotel. Slip, Sach and their friend, Police Officer Gabe rush to the hotel. Mr. Schmidlap, the hotel manager, takes them to the room, which belongs to "Silky" Thomas, but they find no one there and no body. Later, Gabe summons the police to raid a gambling den on the opposite side of the street from the boys' telescope operation, Slip tells Gabe about another illegal operation and another successful raid occurs.
The raids interfere with Thomas' gambling operations, but henchman Feathers, an old friend of Gabe, tells Thomas that he can bribe Gabe to stop the raids. But when he tries, Gabe threatens to arrest him. After Slip sees a headline stating that Frederick X. Prescott has been murdered, he recognizes the man in the photograph as the strangler's victim. Gabe points out that Prescott's body was found miles away and refuses to help them. Slip and Sach then go to the morgue to confirm the dead man's identity and are present when Prescott's daughter Ann visits. When they tell her that they saw her father being killed, she tells them that he owned stock in the El Royale Hotel, which he had turned over to her.
Ann arranges for Slip and Sach to get jobs at the hotel as bellboys in order to investigate further. After Thomas recognizes them, Schmidlap tells him that Miss Prescott insisted that they be hired. Thomas, who runs the hotel's bar and nightclub, then introduces himself to Ann. Later, gangster "Hatchet" Moran enters the hotel and says he is a close friend of Thomas and demands a room. Slip and Sach take him to his room and Moran confuses Sach for a former associate, "Chopper" McGee. Later, Slip and Sach search Thomas' suite and Sach finds a coin. Moran visits his old pal Thomas and wants to resume their partnership but Thomas rebuffs him.
Slip summons Gabe to the hotel and while he is there, Feathers stages a robbery at a tailor's shop on his beat. As a result, Gabe's superiors, Madison and Jones, are compelled to go to the crime scene and Gabe receives a suspension. When Sach delivers a meal to Moran's room, Moran tells him that he is going to do a bank robbery and assigns Sach to drive the getaway car. Slip shows Gabe the rare coin Sach found, which Ann says her father wore on his watch chain. After Thomas finally convinces Moran that Sach is not "Chopper," Moran summons Sach and Slip. When Thomas demands the coin from Slip, Slip accuses him of having killed Prescott to take over the hotel.
Slip and Sach escape through a window and find themselves on a narrow ledge many stories above the street. Whitey sees their predicament through the telescope and he, Butch and Chuck rush to the hotel. Slip and Sach manage to get back inside but are chased by Moran, Feathers and Gimpy through the halls. The boys escape via a laundry chute. When Moran and company follow them down the chute, the boys position hampers at the bottom, into which the gangsters fall and are hit over the head by Sach. Meanwhile, Thomas tries to slip away but is stopped by Gabe and Madison.
Fighting Fools - April 1949 69 minutes - Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Sach; Gabriel Dell as Gabe Moreno; Frankie Darro as Johnny Higgins; Lyle Talbot as Blinky Harris; William 'Billy' Benedict as
Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Benny Bartlett as Butch; Bert Conway as Dynamite Carson, the Champ; Evelyn Eaton as Bunny Talbot (as Evelynn Eaton); Bernard Gorcey as Louie; Teddy Infuhr as Boomer Higgins; Ben Welden as Lefty Conlin; Dorothy Vaughan as Mrs. Higgins; Sam Hayes as Bill Rader, Sportscaster
Slip convinces Louie to loan him the sweetshop loft to train a fighter whose younger brother was killed in a fixed fight.
Slip and the Boys are working at a boxing arena. The main bout is between Joey Prince and the gang's friend, Jimmy Higgins, who will get a shot at the title if he wins.
During the mismatched bout, Jimmy takes a severe beating and is killed out in the second round. Slip and Sach are asked to break the news to his mother. Mrs. Higgins has two other sons, Boomer, Jimmy's younger brother, and older brother Johnny, a former boxer. The boys decide to help her by finding Johnny, who disappeared when racketeers double-crossed him. They locate him in a bar, drunk with floozie Bunny Talbot.
Johnny hasn't heard about Jimmy's death and the news sobers him up. Slip convinces Johnny that he can get him back into fighting condition in order to earn money to help his mother. Slip, Sach and reporter Gabe promote a fight card to benefit the Higgins family. Soon, Jimmy's crooked manager, Blinky Harris, whom Slip feels was responsible for Jimmy's death, shows up, trying to attract new boxers to his stable but Slip throws him out. Slip announces that Johnny will soon make a comeback. Slip, acting as Johnny's manager, persuades Louie to let them use the loft of his sweet shop as a training gym for Johnny.
Harris reveals to champ Dynamite Carson that Jimmy's fight was supposed to be have been fixed but Jimmy would not go along with it. Johnny enters the ring again and wins several fights, making himself eligible for a title match. The boxing commissioner agrees to Harris' suggestion that Johnny fight Joey Prince with the winner guaranteed a match with Carson.
During the bout between Johnny and Prince, Prince takes a dive in the first round, claiming that Johnny was in on it, and both boxers are suspended.
Harris, who engineered the dive, then tells Slip that Prince will clear Johnny and the match with Carson can occur, if Johnny takes a dive, then wins the rematch.
Although Slip agrees to the plan, he and Johnny intend to double-cross Harris and win the first fight. As insurance, Harris has Boomer kidnapped on the day of the fight. In the locker room Slip receives a call that Harris has Boomer and that he will not be hurt as long as Johnny loses the fight. The gang combs the city and Sach follows one of Harris' men to the rooming house where Boomer is being held and helps the boy to escape. Meanwhile, Johnny spars with Carson for the early rounds in the hope that Boomer will be found and he will not have to take a dive. When Boomer appears at ringside, Johnny quickly attacks the champ.
When Harris sees Boomer, he slips a metal rod into Carson's hand, and Johnny takes a beating, saved only by the bell. Sach sees the rod being removed between rounds and replaces it with a hot dog. With the rod gone, Johnny takes control and knocks Carson out. Afterward, Sach shows the rod to the commissioner, who tells Harris that they are going to take a trip to headquarters. Later, as the boys celebrate, Sach jokingly presents Slip with one of his hot dog buns, into which he has placed the metal rod.
Hold That Baby! - June 1949 64 minutes - Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Sach Debussy Jones; Gabriel Dell as Gabe 'Gabie' Moreno; Frankie Darro as Bananas Stewart; Anabel Shaw as Laura Andrews; John Kellogg as
Mason; Edward Gargan as Policeman Burton; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); David Gorcey as Chuck; Ida Moore as Faith Andrews; Florence Auer as Hope Andrews; Bernard Gorcey as Louie; Pierre Watkin as Lawyer John Winston; Torben Meyer as Doctor Hans Heinrich
The boys are operators of a laundromat and find a baby in the linen.
The Boys convince Louie to allow them to use the back room of his sweet shop as a laundromat.
Young widow, Laura Andrews, abandons her baby in one of the laundromat's baskets. Hope and Faith Andrews, aunts of Laura's late husband, bribe a doctor to have Laura committed to a sanitarium. When the police bring Laura home, she claims that Hope and Faith have been trying to drive her crazy for some time and refuses to tell them where she has left the baby, who is entitled to inherit his late grandfather's estate. The Boys find the baby and Bananas, a mobster and one of the Boys' acquaintances, discovers from a headline the baby is the missing Andrews heir. He proposes to his boss, Cherry-Nose Gray, that they pick up the $25,000 reward.
They visit the Andrews sisters and the sisters, who can control their brother's fortune if Laura is not around, offer them $50,000 to keep the baby out of sight for a few days. Cherry-Nose shows Slip the newspaper and asks the boys to hold the baby in return for some cash. Inadvertently, Slip then signs a ransom note, which Cherry-Nose keeps as "insurance." Patrolman Burton visits the sweet shop and hears the baby crying but the Boys manage to fool him. Slip reads that Laura has been committed to Midvale Sanitarium and decides to visit and quiz her. He takes Sach along but is forced to register him as a disturbed patient. Posing as a myopic psychiatrist, Slip locates Laura and tells her about her baby's whereabouts. After Slip hears Laura's account of the problems with her aunts, he finds Sach and they all escape.
When Slip and Sach return to the sweet shop, Cherry-Nose is holding the other boys and the baby prisoners. Slip and Laura try to leave for the Andrews estate, where Andrews' will is about to be read, but are stopped by Cherry-Nose. Gabe comes to their rescue and a brawl breaks out until Burton and another officer arrive. At the Andrews estate, the sisters listen as the lawyer reads their brother's will, which leaves everything to his grandson, providing he and his mother are present at the reading of the will. If they are not present, his estate is bequeathed to the sisters. After the lawyer opens a chest and discovers three million dollars inside, Hope prepares to sign for receipt of the money, when Slip, Sach, Laura and the baby arrive and confuse the lawyer. Hope draws a gun while Faith takes the chest, but they are prevented from leaving by the arrival of Burton and the other boys.
Angels In Disguise - September 1949 63 minutes - Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Gabriel Dell as Gabe Moreno; Mickey Knox as Angles Carson; Jean Dean as Vickie Darwell; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); David Gorcey as Chuck; Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Richard Benedict as Miami; Joe Turkel as Johnny Mutton (as Joseph Turkel); Pepe Hern as Bertie Spangler; Edward Ryan as Mr. Carver; Ray Walker as City Editor Jim Cobb; Rory Mallinson as Martin Lovell
The boys aid the Police to capture the gangster that shot their friend Gabe the cop.
Slip and Sach, working at the Daily Chronicle, learning that police detective Gabe has been shot during a payroll robbery, round up the rest of the Boys and visit him in the hospital. When they discover that another officer friend involved in the payroll shootout has died from his wounds, Slip and Sach get permission from their editor, Jim Cobb, to investigate.
In a pool hall, they encounter gangsters Johnny Mutton and Bertie Spangler and their boss, Angles Carson. Eventually, Angles takes Slip and Sach to meet the big boss, Carver, a young, intellectual type, and he agrees to work with Slip and the Boys, who he assumes are tough gangsters.
Later, Slip and Carver discuss holding up the Gotham Steel Works the following evening. Slip relays the information to Gabe, who tells works president Johnson about the planned holdup in front of his auditor, Roger T. Harrison, who also audits the Chronicle. Gabe arranges an ambush but before the gang leaves, Carver reads a coded message in a Chronicle comic strip which states that the police have been tipped and that the Beacon Machine Works job is on instead.
Slip tries to phone editor Cobb but is distracted by Carver's girl friend, Vickie Darwell, whom Carver then slaps. At the machine works, Carver decides to break open the safe, giving Slip a chance to phone Cobb, who is talking with cartoonists Martin Lovell and Harrison. After Lovell leaves, Cobb calls Gabe, who heads for the machine works with his men. However, Lovell arrives there first and tells Carver that the police are on their way and fingers Slip and Sach as the informants. A brawl breaks out, during which the gang beats up Slip and Sach, and Lovell is shot. The police arrive and arrest the gang, while Gabe goes after Carver and shoots him. After Slip and Sach are hospitalized, Gabe tells them that Harrison has also been arrested and that they are heroes.
Master Minds - November 1949 64 minutes - Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Sach, aka Ali Ben Sachmo; Gabriel Dell as Gabe Moreno; Alan Napier as Dr. Druzik; Jane Adams as Nancy Marlowe; William 'Billy' Benedict as
Whitey (as Billy Benedict); Bernard Gorcey as Louie; Glenn Strange as Atlas the Monster; Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); David Gorcey as Chuck; Skelton Knaggs as Hugo; William Yetter Sr. as
Otto (as William Yetter); Minerva Urecal as Mrs. Hoskins; Chester Clute as Mike Barton; Pat Goldin as Father
Sach's toothache gives him psychic abilities.
From a toothache, Sach goes into a trance and predicts that Gabe will walk through the door. Slip tells him that Gabe has just got a job and would not be visiting Louie's, Sach replies that Gabe has already lost the job. Unconvinced, Slip is about to return the book to the library when Gabe walks in. Slip realizes that Sach has predicted the future and decides to turn Sach into a sideshow attraction.
As "Ali Ben Sachmo, The Bowery Prophet," Sach is able to predict the future as long as he is in a toothache-induced trance.
Meanwhile, at the Forsythe Mansion, crazed Dr. Druzik is injecting serum into Atlas, his monster patient, to give him more human characteristics and turn him into the strongest man in the world.
When Druzik sees a newspaper account of Sach's amazing mind he decides to transplant Sach's brain into his monster. Druzik and his assistant Otto and kidnap Sach. Sach wakes up in Druzik's laboratory and is introduced to Atlas while Druzik talks with his other assistant, Nancy Marlowe, about the master race he will create to do his bidding.
Druzik transfers Sach's brain into Atlas' body by using electrical currents. After the procedure, Sach can only growl while Atlas has acquired Sach's voice and mannerisms. Atlas escapes and goes to the sweet shop where he terrorizes the boys.
Meanwhile, Sach has been imprisoned in a cage but he escapes then suddenly becomes himself again. Atlas reverts to his former being and attacks the boys as they are entering the mansion.
After Druzik and his men find Atlas and Sach, he performs another "treatment" so they once more assume each other's characteristics. Gabe has arrived at the mansion but Whitey mistakenly hits him on the head. He is soon discovered by Nancy, who agrees to help him, explaining that she is being blackmailed by Druzik about a patient's death, even though she was not responsible. Louie has tried to persuade the county constable to accompany him to the mansion but, as he believes it to be haunted, the officer refuses and Louie goes alone.
Slip and the others are captured and forced to watch as Druzik begins a final, permanent transformation on Sach. However, Louie, dressed in a suit of armor, crashes into the operating room and destroys the equipment. Sach, in his Atlas persona, breaks loose from the table and attacks Louie, while Atlas tries to stop him. After Sach reverts to his usual self, he locks Atlas in a cage. The constable has decided to come after all, and arrests Druzik and his associates.
Blonde Dynamite - February 1950 66 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Adele Jergens Adele Jergens as Joan 'Joanie' Marshall; Gabriel Dell as Gabe Moreno; Harry Lewis as Champ Fallon; Murray Alper as John Zero 'Dynamite' Bacchuss; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowski; Jody Gilbert as Sarah Dumbrowski; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey, aka Whitmore (as William Benedict); Buddy Gorman as Butch, aka Bartholomew; David Gorcey as Chuck, aka Sir Cedric; John Harmon as Professor; Michael Ross as Samson; Lynn Davis as Verna (as Lynn Davies); Beverly Crane as Bunny (as Beverlee Crane)
The boys turn Louie's sweetshop into an escort service.
Slip decides to open an escort agency. He and Sach go to the bank where their old friend Gabe works to see about getting a business loan. While Slip and Sach are being thrown out of the bank, Gabe gets into a waiting car with Joan Marshall, a stunning blonde. Later, Slip and Sach join their pals at the sweet shop, where they find Louie in a daze. Slip convinces Louie to take a vacation, volunteering to mind the store in his absence.
Gabe discovers that a bank customer's $5,000 deposit is missing and he goes to Joan's apartment, where he finds thugs Champ and Samson counting the money. Gabe THREATENS to go to the police, but Joan and her cohorts threaten to frame him for embezzlement unless he gives them the combination to the bank vault.
Later, while Slip and his friends are converting the sweet shop into an escort agency, Champ's accomplice, The Professor, show how they can break into the bank by digging a tunnel under the sweet shop. When Slip refuses to rent Louie's store, Champ comes up with another plan to gain access and that night, Joan and her friends, Verna, Bunny and Tracy, come into Slip's establishment looking for escorts.
Slip and the boys accompany the women to Joan's apartment, leaving Sach in charge of the shop. Champ and his men immediately move in, and when they tell Sach that they are government men searching for uranium, he volunteers to help them dig. Louie insists on returning home for a couple of days. The Boys' group date ends when the women accidentally drink the drugged cocktails intended for their escorts. Slip and the boys head back to the escort bureau, arriving in time to see Sach emerging from a hole in the floor. Champ pulls out a gun and orders them all to dig, and when Louie arrives, he too is pressed into service.
Gabe goes to the nearby police station and tells his story, adding that he gave the crooks a phony combination. The police summon Gabe's boss, Mr. Jennings, but before they can lock Gabe up, the digging party breaks through the floor and the criminals are arrested.
Lucky Losers - May 14 1950 69 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' / 'Slippery' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' / 'Sacramento' Jones; Hillary Brooke as 'Countess' Margo; Gabriel Dell as Gabe Moreno, TV Reporter; Lyle Talbot as Bruce McDermott; Bernard Gorcey as Louie, aka Arizona Louie; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as William Benedict); Joe Turkel as Johnny Angelo (as Joseph Turkel); Harry Tyler as Wellington Jefferson 'Buffer' McGee; Buddy Gorman as Butch; David Gorcey as Chuck; Harry Cheshire as John W. 'Chick' Martin; Frank Jenks as Bartender; Douglas Evans as Tom Whitney; Wendy Waldron as Carol Thurston
Slip and Sach work in a Wall Street brokerage firm when their boss allegedly commits suicide. The boys tangle with gamblers and gangsters.
Wall Street broker David Thurston's daughter Carol is dating Gabe, a television news commentator. At Louie's sweet shop the Boys see Gabe announcing Thurston's suicide. At Thurston's office, Slip finds a matchbook and pair of dice from the High Hat Club, Bruce McDermott's gambling joint. Suspicious, Slip engages "Buffer" McGee to share his gambling expertise with the boys.
Training ended, Slip and Sach rent tuxedos and go to the High Hat Club.
McDermott's associate, the Countess, entices some drunks to join an exclusive crap game in the club's private room.
Slip and Sach gain admission to the room and Slip's winning streak at the crap table draws the management's attention.
McDermott is impressed by their skill and offers them jobs. Slip accepts, provided McDermott hire his entire five-man "syndicate."
The next night, Slip and Sach, along with Whitey, Chuck and Butch, begin working as dealers.
Slip searches McDermott's office and finds a letter from Thurston threatening to expose McDermott's crooked operation.
McDermott and the Countess come into the office and as Slip and Sach are leaving, intoxicated gambler Andrew Stone III bursts in and complains that McDermott runs a dishonest club.
When Stone accuses McDermott of killing Thurston, McDermott hits him and Stone hits his head and dies.
The publicity affects the club's business and McDermott decides to fire Slip and the boys. Slip saves their jobs by promising to bring in a high-rolling Arizona cattleman the next night. McDermott and his henchman, Johnny Angelo, turn on the television and watch as Gabe announces that he may reveal the identity of "Chick," McDermott's political connection, in his next broadcast.
The next night, Slip and Sach head for the club, leaving the boys at the malt shop to wait for Buffer, who will pose as the cattleman.
The boys try to call Gabe, who has been beaten by McDermott's thugs, and while they are in the phone booth, Buffer arrives and is told by Louie that the boys have already left.
At the club, Slip and Sach are stalling McDermott when the boys arrive with Louie, who is dressed in western garb, and despite Louie's pathetic imitation of a high-roller, Slip makes sure he wins at craps. McDermott is annoyed, but Slip promises that their "pigeon" will return the next night.
Gabe, broadcasting live from his hospital room, says that "Chick" is a highly regarded politician who has been protecting McDermott and that he is responsible for Thurston's death. Slip and Sach visit Gabe in the hospital and are introduced to DA Tom Whitney. The next night, "Arizona Louie" returns in high spirits, but McDermott replaces Slip and Sach with his own men and Louie is wiped out. Tom persuades the Countess to summon Chick, who turns out to be city council member John Martin, and she tricks him into admitting his crimes. Slip and the boys help Tom apprehend McDermott and his men, and on his next broadcast, Gabe honors Slip and Sach as heroes.
Triple Trouble - Aug. 1950 66 minutes - Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Gabriel Dell as Gabriel 'Gabe' Moreno; Richard Benedict as Skeets O'Neil; G. Pat Collins as Bat Armstrong (as Pat Collins); Lyn Thomas as Shirley O'Brien, Gabe's Secretary; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Paul Dubov as Pretty Boy Gleason; Joe Turkel as Benny the Blood (as Joseph Turkel); William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as William Benedict); Buddy Gorman as Butch; David Gorcey as Chuck; George Chandler as Squirrely Davis; Eddie Gribbon as Hobo Barton; Jonathan Hale as Judge
While coming home from a masquerade party at midnight, the boys try to stop a warehouse robbery and are themselves accused by the police of robbing it.
Slip and the Boys, on their way home from a costume party, discover a robbery taking place at a warehouse. The criminals escape just before the police arrive and Slip and the boys are arrested instead. Louie asks lawyer Gabe to meet him at the county jail, where Gabe tells Slip and the boys that Louie has arranged their bail, using his sweet shop as collateral.
The next day the boys hear a radio broadcast from the state penitentiary, during which a reporter interviews a gravel-voiced inmate named Bat Armstrong.
Whitey says while he was listening to his ham radio, he heard a short-wave message giving directions to the warehouse where the robbery occurred.
Later, Whitey excitedly comes into the sweet shop bearing a newspaper article describing a chemical plant robbery and claims he heard a message about it on his ham radio the previous night.
The article notes that a witness saw an elderly woman leave the building and Slip concludes that the crime was the work of the warehouse gang.
Late that night, Slip and Whitey hear a short-wave radio transmission about a fur company and they recognize the voice as Bat's.
At their preliminary hearing, Slip pleads guilty and is given probation but insists that he and Sach go to jail.
Bat hears that two notorious criminals, Pretty Boy Gleason and Benny the Blood, will be arriving that day. However, Warden Burnside receives word that they have been granted a last-minute appeal and will be held at county jail. When Slip and Sach arrive at the penitentiary, the other inmates greet them warmly as Pretty Boy and Benny, and they are put in a cell with Skeets O'Neil and Hobo Barton. In the prison yard, Bat, Hobo and Skeets ask Slip and Sach if they had any robberies planned before they were arrested, and Sach mentions Louie's safe, giving Bat the impression that it contains a fortune. That night, Whitey intercepts a message from Bat about robbing Louie's sweet shop and early in the morning, the old woman and two crooks break in and force Louie to open the safe.
The next day, the real Pretty Boy and Benny are brought to the penitentiary and Bat grimly tells Slip that the sweet shop robbery netted only seventy-five dollars, adding that his outside accomplice is his mother. Whitey intercepts another message that night, in which Bat says he is leaving tomorrow and requests transportation for six. Louie and the boys go to the prison to alert the warden and Bat and his gang are captured by the guards as they approach Ma Armstrong's car. Later, at the sweet shop, Slip produces a letter of commendation from the governor and congratulates Whitey.
Blues Busters - October 1950 67 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace DeBussy 'Sach' Jones, aka The Bowery Thrush; Adele Jergens as Lola Stanton; Gabriel Dell as Gabe Moreno; Craig Stevens as
Rick Martin; Phyllis Coates as Sally Dolan; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as William Benedict); Buddy Gorman as Butch; David Gorcey as Chuck; Paul Bryar as
Bimbo; Matty King as Joe Ricco; Sailor Vincent as Teddy Davis (as William Vincent)
Sach's tonsillectomy leaves him with a good singing voice ("The Bowery Thrush") and Louie's Sweetshop is converted into the Bowery Palace Nightclub.
Sach has had his tonsils removed. Louie gripes about having paid Sach's medical bills and Slip promises to repay him. While Slip and the boys are discussing ways to raise some money, a melodious singing voice is heard from across the room, and everyone is stunned to discover that it is Sach. Slip concludes that the operation has altered Sach's voice and immediately begins to plan his friend's singing career. He takes Sach across the street to Rick Martin's elegant Rio Cabana nightclub, where Rick's girl friend, Lola Stanton, sings, but Rick throws them out. Undeterred, Slip tells their friend, music promoter Gabe, about Sach's new talent, and the whole gang heads to the local music store, where Slip's girl friend, Sally Dolan, works.
A crowd assembles as Sach sings, and Slip and Gabe convince Louie to convert his sweet shop to a nightclub. When Louie's Bowery Palace opens, Sach, now known as the "Bowery Thrush," is a huge success, and Rick's club gradually loses all its business. Rick and Lola take in Louie's midnight show, which includes a tap dancing number by Sally, and when Slip rejects his offer to hire Sach, Rick resolves to defeat his competition through less honest means. He sends three thugs over to Louie's to disrupt the show, but when they are trounced by Sach's devoted female fans, Rick decides to play his trump card. The next day, Lola rescues Sach from a horde of over-eager young fans and persuades him to come home with her and autograph her lamp shade. Hours later, Sach has written his name on everything in Lola's apartment, including a paper that turns out to be a contract to sing at Rick's club. Rick shows up the next day to claim his new star, and following a disastrous night, in which Slip and the boys attempt to entertain their few remaining customers, the Bowery Palace closes.
Sach is lonely and miserable in his new job. Rick visits Sally at the music store and offers her a job but she turns him down. Later she shows up at his apartment, having left an anonymous note telling Lola to come to Rick's apartment for a surprise. After Lola walks in and finds Rick kissing Sally, she angrily goes to see Slip and helps him get Sach back by pointing out that the contract is made out to her. Louie's club reopens but as Sach finds that his mellow singing voice has disappeared. Slip and Gabe hustle Sach off stage, and Sach reveals that his family doctor performed a procedure to get rid of a tickle in his throat.
Bowery Battalion - January 1951 69 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Donald MacBride as Sgt. Herbert Frisbie; Virginia Hewitt as Marsha Davis; Russell Hicks as
Col. Melvin Hatfield; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as William Benedict); Buddy Gorman as Butch; David Gorcey as Chuck; John Bleifer as Decker; Al Eben as
Conroy; Frank Jenks as Recruiting Sergeant; Selmer Jackson as Col. Masters
The Boys are privates in the Army who are assigned to guard Louie, who is being used to bait spies. Louie is kidnapped under their noses, but the boys get on his trail and round up the spies.
The Boys enlist in the Army. Slip goes to the recruitment office demanding to know where the "incompetent infants" are. Slip is tricked into enlisting and the boys are sent to basic training camp in Stockton, where the boys infuriate the by-the-book Sergeant Frisbee. After complaining about their ill-fitting uniforms, Slip happens upon better clothes and the well-dressed group, now mistaken for new officers from Fort Bragg, are directed to the Officer's Club, where they keep up the hoax by blundering through the other officers' questions. When Frisbee announces that uniforms have been stolen, the imposters try to tiptoe out of trouble, but the ruse is uncovered and the five are sentenced to the guard house. Louie misses the noisy boys and resolves to join the Army again, but the recruitment officers refuse to enlist the old man.
Frustrated by the boys' mischief, Frisbee runs through the rudiments of basic training with Colonel Hatfield, who has offered to be the guinea pig to set the example for the boys. Unable to complete even the simplest arms routine without offending the ranking officer, however, the five are thrown into the guard house again. An FBI officer visits Louie, requesting that he go to Washington to attend to important government business. Louie agrees to go and is asked to assist in flushing out enemy saboteurs at Army camps. Colonel Masters introduces a plan using the inventor of the hydrogen death ray as bait for the spies and reveals to the Pentagon officials that Louie is the ray's inventor. Advanced to major, Louie is immediately sent to Stockton to begin the assignment. Major Louie, using his new authority, has the boys assigned as his orderlies.
No sooner does he tell them that only he knows the missing key to the hydrogen ray than his secretary, the sexy blonde undercover agent Marsha Levers, having eavesdropped on the conversation, rushes out to share the news with two other spies, the gentlemanly foreign-born Decker and Conroy, at their desert hideout. Hatfield warns Louie of the danger and Louie, distracted by his feared fate, hands cash to the boys to take five female officers out on the town. The boys are interrupted in their romantic adventure by Frisbee, who sends them off crawling, stumbling and weaving their way through an Army obstacle course. The five female officers are left waiting, incensed that they have been stood up by privates. Later that night the exhausted boys are assigned sentry duty and accidentally enable the two spies to take Louie at gunpoint.
However, within minutes the boys realize the predicament when they remember Louie's last words, "routine 11," are a code for kidnapping. The boys jump in a jeep, drive off the grounds and stumble upon the spies's hideout and surprise them while they are trying to slap the formula out of Louie. Marsha arrives soon after and Sach, having been left alone guarding the captured spies, hands the gun to Marsha so he can join the others. When the boys return to the room, the spies threaten to pick them off one by one if Louie does not reveal the secret formula.
After Louie calls out for a "routine 6," antics ensue and two vases come crashing down, knocking the spies out. Upon their heroic return to camp with spies in tow, the boys are awarded medals for acting way "beyond the call of duty." However, as the boys had to go AWOL in order to save Louie, Frisbee marches them straight back into the brig.
Ghost Chasers - April 1951 69 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Lloyd Corrigan as Edgar Alden Franklin Smith; Lela Bliss as Margo the Medium; Philip Van Zandt as Dr. Basil Granville; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as Billy Benedict); Robert Coogan as Jack Eagan; Buddy Gorman as Butch; David Gorcey as Chuck; Jan Kayne as Cynthia; Argentina Brunetti as Mrs. Parelli; Marshall Bradford as Prof. Krantz; Michael Ross as Gus
Slip becomes interested in communication with spirits when a spiritualist moves into his neighborhood and fleeces old woman of their money. Slip and the boys go out to expose this fake
Upon returning to his sweet shop, Louie stumbles upon Sach and Whitey, who are holding a séance in the backroom.
Louie lectures the Boys and kicks Whitey and his equipment out. Later that evening, Sach and Whitey, still wanting to contact spirits, attend an séance with Margo the medium.
A 300 year-old pilgrim ghost named Edgar appears to the film audience, warning them that real ghosts are only sent to Earth for important matters, like revealing Margo' s quackery.
Slip discovers that his mother's friend, Mrs. Parelli, is desperate to pay Madame Zola $100 to make her deceased son Frankie appear before her.
Slip, determined to reveal the deception, convinces Louie to hold a séance and bring back the ghost of Louie's wealthy Uncle Jake.
During the séance one of the boys appears in disguise as Uncle Jake and borrows $100.
Later, after Slip has given the $100 to Mrs. Parelli, the inconsolable mother visits Zola, who calls up the ghost of her son.
However, the boys break in and expose the hoax.
Questioned by Slip, Zola reveals that she works for Margo.
Slip then forces her to set up an appointment with Margo for Louie to contact Uncle Jake.
Later at Margo's, Louie reluctantly enters alone to meet with the medium.
As the rest of the boys look for another entrance, Edgar visits Sach and mysteriously opens a locked door for him.
Sach soon discovers that only he can see and hear Edgar, when the boys return and call Sach insane because he is talking out loud to no one.
While the boys case the house for evidence of Margo's hoax, Edgar leads Sach directly to the trick room, filled with paraphernalia to create the ghostly presences.
Margo flips a hidden switch to start the record player but when the ghost voice on the album skips, Margo's henchman is sent to check the room.
Sach escapes with the help of Edgar, who draws a chalk door on a wall and magically opens a real door into the next room.
Finding the boys in the next room, Sach leads them into the trick room, where Margo's henchmen capture all but Sach.
Once outside Sach and Edgar go in search of a phone and call for reinforcements.
Meanwhile the henchmen drop the rest of the boys into a basement room that is quickly filling with water.
In the séance room Margo receives hypnotists Professor Krantz and Dr. Siegfried and the professionals explain that hypnosis is a more secure method of manipulating her audience than her tricks. Soon after Sach and Edgar return and, with chalk in hand, Edgar opens a trap door in the basement room and frees the boys.
The boys immediately enter the séance room, where Krantz hypnotizes them and Margo's henchmen carry them into the storage room.
As Krantz explains that he can only hypnotize those with normal intelligence, Sach wakes up from the spell but keeps still until the Krantz and his cohorts leave.
Meanwhile Louie's ditzy cashier, Cynthia, and ineffectual private eye Jack Eagen, having just arrived, join Louie and discover Sach and the boys.
Using an old witches' chant Edgar has shared with him, Sach releases all but Slip from the spell. After Sach slaps stubborn Slip back to reality, the henchmen return to dispose of the boys but they mount a surprise attack and triumph.
Let's Go Navy! - July 1951 68 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Allen Jenkins as CPO Mervin Longnecker; Tom Neal as Joe; Charlita as Princess Papoola; Richard Benedict as Red; Paul Harvey as Lt. Cmdr. O. Tannen; Jonathan Hale as Captain; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as William Benedict); Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Buddy Gorman as
Butch; David Gorcey as Chuck; Emory Parnell as Police Sgt. Mulloy; Douglas Evans as Lt. Smith (Personnel Dept.); Frank Jenks as Shell game sailor
$1600 raised in the Bowery for charity and entrusted to the boys is stolen by two men in sailor suits. To vindicate themselves, the boys join the Navy to find the crooks.
Slip and the Boys raised $1,683 for needy Bowery families.
Thieves Red and Joe, posing as sailors, rob them of the money. Slip notices that one of the men has a heart with the name "Marie" tattooed on his chest.
The neighborhood thinks that the hold-up was phony and even Louie believes the Boys concocted the story.
When police officer Sgt. Mulloy refuses to help the gang because there is no evidence to identify the robbers, the boys enlist in the Navy to find the robbers.
A mix-up causes the gang to be signed up under the wrong names. The Boys are assigned to CPO Mervin Longnecker as deck swabbers.
Sach, whose erroneous records show he is a qualified navigator, is assigned to the chart room.
That night, the gang decides to check all the sailors for the tattoo while they sleep in their bunks.
Days later, the ship docks in Hawaii and the gang visit the tattoo artist, Chief Narumo, to see if he remembers creating the tattoo.
Narumo reports that he has no record of that particular tattoo, but gives Sach a parrot named Davie Jones.
Back on board, Sach's continued antics force him to hide out in the cannon of one of the ship's guns to avoid punishment.
When a firing drill commences, Sach is unaware of the impending danger, but Slip and the rest of the gang spot him and pull him out of the cannon just in time.
Later Slip plays a few rounds of the shell game and is swindled out of all his remaining money.
He leaves dejected, but Sach remains in the game, and with the help of the eagle-eyed Davie Jones, wins back all of Slip's money plus several thousand dollars.
The gang then decides to return home with their winnings and discontinue looking for the robbers.
Later, when they arrive back in the Bowery, Red and Joe attempt to rob the gang again, just as Longnecker suddenly appears and introduces the gang to his girl friend Kitten.
Suspicious of the two strangers, Longnecker prompts the men to fight and punches one of them out.
The rest of the gang pummel the other robber, while Sach accidentally hits Longnecker, who lands in the gutter where a street cleaning machine soaks him with its spray.
Later, the gang receive commendations for their bravery and then return to the recruiting office to explain the false mix-up.
Crazy Over Horses - November 1951 65 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Ted de Corsia as Duke; Allen Jenkins as Weepin' Willie; Gloria Saunders as Terry Flynn; Tim Ryan as Flynn; William 'Billy' Benedict as Whitey (as William Benedict); Bernard Gorcey as Louis Xavier 'Louie' Dumbrowsky; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Michael Ross as
Swifty (as Mike Ross); Russell Hicks as Randall; Peggy Wynne as Mazie; Sam Balter as Announcer; Leo 'Ukie' Sherin as Groom
Louie is mad when the boys bring him a horse as repayment of a debt owed by stable owner Flynn. But Slip thinks the horse, 'My Girl', is a thoroughbred. The former owners of the horse, a bunch of gangsters want the horse back!
Stable owner Flynn owes Louie $250, so the Boys offer to collect the old debt.
At the stable, mild-mannered Flynn explains that business is bad and he cannot pay.
Flynn prevails upon them to accept "my girl," as payment for the debt.
Doc, who is responsible for the horse, has not paid room and board for My Girl in six months and it is Flynn's legal right to sell her.
The boys accept the deal and Sach rides "My Girl" to the soda shop, where Louie is perturbed about the gang returning with a horse instead of money.
At the riding club, gangster Weepin' Willie arrives to collect My Girl, so Flynn sends him to Louie's.
At the racetrack Willie informs Duke, the horseracing racket leader, that Doc, his employee, took off with the board money and My Girl has been sold to Louie.
Duke's plan is to replace Tarzana, who has just finished last in a race and has suffered a series of losses, with look-a-like horse My Girl, a sure bet at 20 to 1 odds.
Duke, Willie and henchman Swifty go to the soda shop and offer $500 for the horse, but when Slip finds out that they are willing to pay up to $1,000, he concludes the horse is a "gimmick" in a racehorse racket and refuses to sell.
Later that night Willie knocks at the sweet shop door and distracts Louie while Duke and Swifty exchange Tarzana for My Girl.
Later at his office Duke calls J. T. Randal, whose large bet rides on the My Girl ruse, telling him the "trouble" has been straightened out.
The gang takes the horse to Sunnybrook, and Terry and Flynn ascertain that, though she has the same markings, the horse is not My Girl.
Back at the shop Louie tells the gang about Willie's suspicious behavior and Slip assumes the horses have been switched and decides to switch them back.
When the gang brings Tarzana to the racetrack stables and are about to make the switch, a police officer approaches.
Sach and Whitey distract him, but the horses switch places in the stall and Sach takes Tarzana by mistake.
Back at Flynn's, the handkerchief trick fails again and Slip is furious and kicks Sach out of the gang.
The gang then drives to the racetrack stables and makes the switch, returning later to the riding club, where Terry confirms that they have the correct horse.
Slip decides to run My Girl in the same race as Tarzana, thinking she will win.
Sach, unaware that the switch has already occurred, decides to make the switch himself.
Wearing blackface, he takes My Girl to the racetrack stables and approaches the black groom who is walking Tarzana.
While distracting him with antics, Sach switches the horses, bringing Tarzana back to the riding club.
When the boys arrive back at the stable with Louie, Sach proudly announces his accomplishment, and Slip decides the only way to keep Sach out of trouble is to allow him back in the gang.
That night the gang has secured the fee and the stall, but still need the right horse.
Sach finds Willie, and following a plan devised by Slip, secretly admits that the gang switched horses, forcing Willie to go back to Duke and tell him they need to switch again.
After dark, Duke, Willie and Swifty make the switch back.
The next day My Girl wins the race in a photo finish with coaxing from her jockey, Sach.
Duke tries to escape but he and Randal are caught by the police and are taken away.
Hold That Line - March 1952 - 64 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as
Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones, a.k.a. Hurricane Jones; John Bromfield as Biff Wallace; Veda Ann Borg Veda Ann Borg as Candy Calin; Mona Knox as Katie Wayne; Gloria Winters as Penny Wells; Taylor Holmes as Dean Forrester; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky / Morris Dumbrowsky; Gil Stratton as Junior (as Gil Stratton Jr.); David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Conden); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as David Bartlett); Francis Pierlot as A.J. Billingsley; Pierre Watkin as Morgan T. Stanhope; Robert Nichols as Harold Lane (as Bob Nichols); Paul Bryar as Coach Rowland
The boys are sent to Ivy University by two trustees to see what effect the boys will have on the student body. Sach develops a vitamin mixture that turns him into a star athlete
At the Ivy University alumni club, Stanhope argues that only students with "blue blood" can succeed at the college, while Billingsley declares that any student who tries hard can thrive.
Stanhope agrees to wager a new addition for the chemistry building on the dispute, providing he is allowed to choose the students..
Spotting the Boys in Louie's sweet shop, Stanhope announces that he has found his test subjects.
When Stanhope and Billingsley enter and offer the boys tuition and a $1,500 bonus they accept in order to give the money to Louie to bring his brother Morris' family to America.
On campus, Dean Forrester is appalled to learn that such poor specimens were chosen for their experiment, but he agrees to let the boys matriculate.
All-American football star Biff Wallace, his pal Harold and their girl friends, Wayne and Wells, greet the boys with equal amounts of amusement and dismay.
In the lab, Sach concocts a potion that gives him almost super-human strength.
When he then joins the boys on the gym field, he shocks the coach with his ability and is named the new track and field star.
Sach's subsequent status as campus idol angers Biff, especially after the boys join football practice and Sach easily flattens his competition.
Sach, as "Hurricane Jones," leads the football team to a victorious season, which culminates in a match against rival, State.
Crooked gambler Mike Donelli realizes that if he can remove Sach from the game at the last minute, he can make a fortune by betting on State.
He sends his girl friend, Candy, to ask Biff to introduce her to Sach.
Biff, hoping to regain some of his former glory, agrees, and Candy easily lures Sach to her apartment.
There, Mike and his goon, Big Dave, knock out Sach and then drug him.
The game begins, and although the school laments Sach's disappearance, Biff leads the team admirably.
Unfortunately, Biff is injured toward the end of the game, and when Slip congratulates him, a guilt-stricken Biff confesses that Sach is being held at Candy's.
The boys call the police and rush to the apartment, but although the gamblers are arrested, Sach cannot be awoken.
Sach finally revives, but with no time left to mix up a new potion, the boys take to the football field without special powers.
Luckily, Slip takes control and confuses State with a series of backfield maneuvers, allowing him to run down the field unnoticed.
He almost fails to make the touchdown when he bangs his head on the goal post, but the other team shoves him over the line accidentally, and Ivy wins the pennant.
Here Comes The Marines - June 1952 66 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones Jr.; Hanley Stafford as Col. Thomas F. Brown; Myrna Dell as Lulu Mae; Murray Alper as Cpl. Stacy; Arthur Space as Capt. Miller; Tim Ryan as Sheriff Benson; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Gil Stratton as Junior (as Gil Stratton Jr.); David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Paul Maxey as Jolly Joe Johnson; William Newell as Maj. Desmond - CIA; Lisa Wilson as Col. Brown's secretary; Riley Hill as Capt. Harlow - CIA
Slip is drafted into the Marines and the other boys get their notices soon after. On his first day Sach impersonates a cook and almost kills a Colonel. The boys get involved without a deadly gang of gamblers who are preying on other Marines.
Slip is drafted into the Marines and in boot camp, discovers that the rest of the boys have been drafted too.
Slip finds his Sach impersonating a doctor and examining Col. Brown.
For this offense, the boys are put on K.P. duty, and there Sach, of course, messes up the soup.
Sach is sent to Brown's office, but once there, the colonel receives word that Sach's soup can be used as a weapon.
Brown congratulates Sach and, realizing that Sach's father was his drill sergeant and friend, promotes Sach to sergeant.
Sach's new position immediately goes to his head.
On a hike, Slip discovers Pvt. Hardy beaten unconscious and after calling an ambulance, picks up a playing card lying near the body.
The next day, Sach procures five twelve-hour passes and takes the boys out on the town.
On the street, he woos Lulu Mae, who takes them all to a gambling house run by Jolly Joe Johnson.
Slip, realizing the tables are all rigged, notices that the blackjack cards match the design of Pvt. Hardy's card.
After Sach loses all his money, the boys plot to have him demoted.
Slip places a fake bomb in Sach's arms as he sleeps and when he wakes, he disrupts the entire camp screaming that the enemy has attacked.
Capt. Miller chastises Sach but, when he throws the bomb out of the window, it explodes.
As a result Sach is promoted to staff sergeant and awarded a medal.
Pvt. Hardy dies and Slip visits the local sheriff and conjectures that Hardy was killed when he discovered Johnson's outfit was crooked.
The sheriff, who is on Johnson's payroll, informs Johnson immediately and they decide that Slip must be quieted.
Meanwhile, Slip and Sach also go to Brown, who puts two intelligence officers, Maj. Desmond and Capt. Harlow, on the case.
Together, they all go to Johnson's to witness the crooked gambling but Johnson recognizes them and allows them to win.
A dance is held next evening and Johnson sends Lulu Mae there to cause trouble for Sach.
She sneaks into the barracks and hides in his bed, but when Brown hears a woman is in the camp and searches for her, she hides from him and then lets the boys into Johnson's closed gambling house.
Slip searches the tables and discovers that each has a set of magnets underneath to move the chips and cards around.
After they prove Johnson is corrupt, the boys are sent back to the camp.
There, they discover that Brown has been replaced by a new colonel, who immediately demotes Sach to private and promotes Slip to sergeant.
Feudin' Fools - September 1952 63 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Dorothy Ford as Tiny Smith; Lyle Talbot as Big Jim; Benny Baker as Corky; Anne Kimbell as
Ellie Mae Smith; Oliver Blake as Clem Smith; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Fuzzy Knight as Traps; Robert Easton as Caleb Smith; O.Z. Whitehead as Yancy Smith; Paul Wexler as Luke Smith; Russell Simpson as Grandpa Smith
Sach inherits a farm in Hog Liver Hollow, Kentucky. On their first day in the country the boys learn that the 'Jones' family is mortal enemies with their neighbor 'The Smiths'. Bank robbers end up at the Jones Ranch and the fun begins.
A pair of private detectives comes looking for Sach to award him his inheritance: a southern "plantation" left to him by a long-lost uncle.
The boys hop into their jalopy and head to Hog Liver Holler, where old hunter Traps leads them to the "plantation," which in reality is a ramshackle cabin.
Traps then reveals that all of the Joneses have been killed by the Smiths during a long-standing family feud.
Just then, the hillbilly Smith brothers--Clem, Luke, Caleb and Yancy--begin shooting at the boys, but soon stop, unable to discern which one is the Jones they seek to hit.
The boys scramble inside to hide under a table, after which Slip volunteers Sach to patrol outside and orders the others to clean the cabin.
Outside, Sach immediately runs into two of the Smiths and flees back into the house, where he sees each Smith brother framed in a windowpane and mistakes them for family portraits.
Upon further exploration of the house, the boys discover a bootlegger's still containing potent whiskey.
The Smiths continue to shoot into the house and, after refusing to accept a surrender, come inside, demanding to know which boy is a Jones.
Slip lies that they are just city boys on a hunting vacation, after which the suspicious Clem coerces them into coming for dinner, reasoning in secret that the real Jones will expose himself by eating greedily, as do all Joneses.
Later, the boys set out for the Smiths', but are stopped by pretty Smith sister Ellie Mae, who informs them of Clem's plan to trap them.
She also introduces her other sister, the oversized Tiny, who takes an immediate liking to Sach.
At dinner, the boys take small portions and eat fastidiously until the Smiths begin playing with their rifles, at which point Ellie Mae hurries the boys outside to protect them.
There, Sach tries to impress the women by milking a cow directly into a bottle and procuring chocolate milk from a brown cow.
The next day, Sach and Slip ask local banker Thompson for a loan to renovate the farm, but Thompson refuses to give them money without collateral.
Meanwhile, Louie travels to the Holler to join the boys, but is captured by the Smiths, who believe he is a revenuer.
Ellie Mae informs the boys of Louie's predicament, spurring them to rush to the Smiths' and rescue their friend.
Soon after, gangsters Big Jim, Pinky and Corky rob Thompson's bank, and when Jim is shot in the arm, they are forced to seek refuge in Sach's cabin.
Although the gangsters claim to be hunters, Slip has heard about the robbery on the radio and deduces their real identity.
Hoping to stall for time, he pretends that Louie is a doctor who can remove the bullet from Jim's arm.
Louie tries gamely to act like a doctor, but when he attempts to use the whiskey as an anesthetic, it burns a hole through Corky's shoe.
Sach soon discovers the robbers' bag of money and, after Corky catches him trying to steal it, reasons aloud that the men are robbers, after which they hold the boys at gunpoint.
Meanwhile, Ellie Mae walks over to the cabin, followed, unknown to her, by Clem.
When she enters, Corky grabs her, but Slip sees Clem and loudly identifies each robber as "Jones," prompting Clem to call for his brothers and begin a shootout.
While the gangsters are busy shooting, the boys knock them out one by one.
The Smiths then force their way into the house, but when Slip explains that they have helped capture the bank robbers, they are proud to be on the right side of the law.
The thieves are arrested, and the next day, Ellie Mae compels her brothers to dress up and apologize to the boys.
At the cabin, they are joined by Thompson, who offers a bank loan as a reward for capturing the thieves.
When Slip insists on signing for the loan, however, claiming that he is the "Mr. Jones" of the outfit, the Smiths draw their guns and chase him into the hills.
No Holds Barred - November 1952 65 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Marjorie Reynolds as Rhonda Nelson; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Leonard Penn as
Pete Taylor; Henry Kulky as Mike the Mauler; Hombre Montana as Himself (Wrestler); David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Sandra Gould as Mildred; Tim Ryan as Mr. Hunter; Lisa Wilson as Betty; Murray Alper as Barney; Barbara Gray as Gertie Smith; Leo 'Ukie' Sherin as Sam
Sach's cranium hardens bizarrely so that it can withstand any pain. Slip enters him into wrestling matches but the power begins to move to other parts of his body like his elbow, finger etc.
The Boys are in Louie's sweet shop when Louie is held up at gunpoint by a robber. Sach leaps to Louie's defense, and shocks everyone by barely noticing when the robber hits him repeatedly on the head with his gun. After the confused robber flees, Slip investigates further, only to be knocked out by Sach's head.
A doctor confirms that Sach's skull has solidified until it is impervious to injury, but warns the boys that the superhuman power will probably not last long. Soon after, Slip sees a poster announcing that anyone who can beat wrestler Hombre Montana can win $1,000, and realizes that this is a way to put Sach's newly discovered power to work for them. The boys attend Hombre's next match, and after Slip secretly enters Sach into the competition, Sach attempts to escape but it is held inside the ring by the fight coordinators. Forced to defend himself against the huge wrestler, Sach takes Slip's advice to use his head, and knocks Hombre out with his skull. He then passes out, but the boys rouse him in the locker room.
There, Hombre's crooked manager, Pete Taylor, arrives to offer Slip $5,000 to manage Sach, but Slip is certain Sach is worth more, and so refuses. Instead, Slip uses the award money to set up a "training camp" for Sach in the back of Louie's shop, and hires trainer Mike DeMora. Slip then arranges for Sach, now called "Hammerhead Jones," to fight "Brother" Frank Jares, but just before the match, they discover that Sach's skull is back to normal. The boys are crushed until Sach flicks Slip with his finger and, when Slip falls to the ground, realizes that the power has moved to his hands. Newly renamed "Steel-Fingers Jones," Sach wins the match easily.
He then prepares to fight Ted Christy, and although the boys are concerned when Sach's fingers lose their strength, after he elbows Slip in the stomach, Slip confirms that the power is now in Sach's elbow. He wins the next fight and is promptly tagged "Iron-Elbow Jones." In the heavyweight championship match, the power travels to Sach's toes, earning him the nickname "Terrible Toes Jones" and the championship belt. Taylor, frustrated at Sach's success, attempts to arrange a new match between him and Hombre. When Slip refuses the request, Taylor has Sach's next scheduled opponent killed and substitutes Hombre. Next, Taylor sends his girl friend, Rhonda Nelson, to seduce Slip into revealing where Sach's secret power is now.
To that end, Rhonda invites the boys to a party at her penthouse, where she leads Slip onto the porch for a private conversation. Meanwhile, Sach, while trying to evade an amorous admirer, inadvertently discovers Taylor hidden in a back room, and rushes to inform Slip of their imminent jeopardy. Taylor sends his goons after Sach, forcing Sach to disguise himself as a waiter. After finally managing to alert Slip to the danger, Sach hides his buddy under a serving cart and barely sneaks him out the front door. Desperate to discern Sach's power and allow Hombre to win the boxing match, Taylor has his men capture Slip and Sach, but, unable to find an area of Sach's body that isn't weak and flabby, they let the boys go. Slip and Sach join their pals in the locker room just before the fight, the proceeds from which go to the milk fund charity.
Although Sach is terrified of Hombre, Slip convinces him to fight "for the orphans," and Slip enters the ring. Just before the match, Slip pats Sach on the behind and realizes his power has been transferred there. Although Sach is too busy running from Hombre to hear Slip's advice, he finally bends over the ropes to talk to his coach, and Hombre knocks himself out on Sach's rear end. As Sach is declared the winner, he warns Slip they will need to be careful when choosing his new nickname.
Jalopy - February 1953 62 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terrence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Robert Lowery as Skid Wilson (as Bob Lowry); Leon Belasco as Prof. Bosgood Elrod; Richard Benedict as Tony Lango; Jane Easton as Bobbie Lane; Murray Alper as Red Baker; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Tom Hanlon as Race Announcer; Mona Knox as 'Invented' Girl
Slip enters the boys jalopy in an auto race hoping to pay off Louies bills but comes in last. Sach develops a super fuel and the competition will do everything to get the formula
Race car owner Skid Wilson urges driver Tony Lango and mechanic Red Baker to keep his racing "jalopy" in prime condition because he has been raking in money by winning at the track. Skid is curious when he reads that a new car has entered the race as the "Mahoney Meteor," and that the owner is listed as Terrence Aloysius Mahoney. Skid sends his girl friend, Bobbie Lane, to learn more. Meanwhile, Slip and the Boys are testing the broken-down jalopy in their Bowery neighborhood. Louie begs them to move their noisy work elsewhere because it is ruining his business, but Slip reminds him that he will pay Louie's rent if he wins the jalopy derby.
In the back of Louie's store, Sach, while helping Professor Elrod Bosgood with an experiment, concocts a liquid that explodes when dropped on the floor. When Bobbie emerges from the smoke, the boys conclude that the formula makes women magically appear. Bobbie flirts with Slip and takes an interest in his car, so he gives her a pass to the next day's race. The Mahoney Meteor is so slow during the race that the other cars pass it repeatedly, until it boils over and Slip crashes the car into a wall. Sach attempts to help his friend but ends up chasing his hat all over the race track instead, which causes a massive pile-up.
Later, the boys sulk over their loss at Louie's. Slip puts Sach to work waxing the floor while he tries to talk Louie into fronting them money to fix the jalopy and enter the next big race. Sach, meanwhile, puts some of his secret formula into the waxing machine and it literally flies through the window and into the sky. This inspires Slip to use the liquid in the gas tank of the jalopy, and in a test drive the car completes the track circuit in an astonishing eleven seconds. Having observed the test drive, Skid and his friends try to extract information from the boys, and Sach mistakenly reveals that he put a special additive into the gas tank. Slip and Sach report the good news to the Professor and get to work mixing up a new batch of the liquid. When Sach throws some on the floor, Bobbie reappears with an invitation to Skid's pre-race party.
Once the group arrives at the party, Skid sends Tony and Red to search their laboratory for the secret formula. After Tony and Red fail to find the formula, Skid takes the boys and Louie hostage in another room. Sach purposely drops some of the formula and he and his friends escape in the smoke. When they return to the lab they mix up another batch but are soon assaulted by Skid and his thugs, and a fistfight ensues. After Louie calls the police, Skid, Red and Tony seem to disappear. Once the police leave, the thugs return and are only satisfied when Sach's new formula proves ineffective. Sach later realizes he left out a crucial element of the formula: seltzer water. On the day of the big race, Skid is confident that Slip will lose. Once the race begins, Slip's jalopy putters around the track until Sach arrives.
After pouring the liquid into the gas tank, the car's speed accelerates, but this time, in reverse. With Sach clinging to the side, Slip outraces the other cars by driving around the track in the proper direction with the car in reverse. When Slip wins the race, Skid tells Bobbie she will have to return her new fur coat. At a celebration at Louie's shop, Sach purposely spills some liquid after which a beautiful woman appears and leaves with Slip. Sach pours some more to create his own dream girl, but a bespectacled woman for the Professor appears instead. After Sach follows them out the door of the shop, Louie tries to create his own woman, but bursts into tears when nothing happens.
Loose In London - May 1953 62 minutes - Directed by Edward Bernds
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Angela Greene as Lady Marcia; Walter Kingsford as Earl of Walsingham; Norma Varden as Aunt Agatha; John Dodsworth as Sir Edgar Whipsnade; William Cottrell as Reggie; David Gorcey as Chuck Anderson; Benny Bartlett as Butch Williams; Rex Evans as
Herbert; James Logan as Hoskins the Butler; Alex Frazer as J. Allison Higby - Solicitor; Charles Keane as Bly; Clyde Cook as English Cabbie
Lawyers determine that Sach is a relative of a rich dying British Earl. The boys head to jolly old London and end up rescuing the Earl from the other relatives who want him dead.
Lawyer J. Ellison Higby gives Sach a letter in which he is identified as a potential heir to the estate of Sir Percy, Earl of Walsingham in England. The letter includes a first-class ticket for Sach to travel on a luxury steamship. Slip believes that Sach will need the support of his friends in England, and proposes trading in the ticket for four lower-class tickets for himself and the Boys. When Louie attends a farewell party in the Boys' cabin and is accidentally locked in the closet, the ship leaves port with Louie as an unwitting stowaway.
After witnessing the captain's cruel treatment of another stowaway, the boys keep Louie's presence a secret, and Slip orders Sach to spend the remainder of the trip in a steamer trunk so that it will appear there are only four residents in their cabin. Upon arriving in London, Sach proves it was time well spent, by impressing his friends with his copious knowledge of London history, learned from reading a guidebook while he was trapped in the trunk. At Walsingham Castle, meanwhile, Sach's fellow heirs, Sir Edgar Whipsnade, Lady Agatha, Sir Reggie, Sir Herbert and Lady Marcia, are plotting to rid themselves of Sach, whom they perceive as yet another competitor for Sir Percy's fortune.
Sir Percy, however, warmly greets the Americans upon their arrival. Confined to a wheelchair, Sir Percy believes he is dying and announces that he hopes to get to know all his potential heirs and thereby make a fair division of his estate. The Britons hope that Sach's uncouth American manners will soon put him out of Sir Percy's favor, but Sach's good nature impresses and invigorates the elderly man. The British heirs then plot to kill Sach after he convinces Sir Percy to discontinue taking his medicine and to eat for pleasure. Both Sach and Sir Percy are unaware that the medicine is actually making him ill, as his relatives had planned, rather than making him well.
Working in collusion with the heirs, the butler Hoskins leads Sach and Slip to their rooms, and then frightens them with ghost stories. That night, Sach's fears are realized when a hooded figure with a hatchet attempts to kill him. After Sach is knocked unconscious by a helmet he had positioned over the bedroom door to stop an intruder, the hooded figure, actually Herbert in disguise, escapes. The next morning, Sach appears to have been invigorated by his deep sleep. Sir Percy's health continues to improve, and, no longer needing the wheelchair, he hosts a party to introduce his American guests. The next day, Sir Percy thanks Sach for his kindness and informs him of his plan to correct a two-hundred-year old injustice wrought by Sir Percy's ancestor, Sir Charles, against Sach's ancestor. Sir Percy recalls that the event occurred in the same chamber in which they now stand: Sir Charles had accused Sir Horace Debussy Jones and his friends of passing worthless I.O.U.s at an inn, and banished them to Manhattan in New Amsterdam. T
he friends were angry that they were being exiled to the colonies but were powerless against Sir Charles. Having recounted the story, Sir Percy now appoints Sach as his principal heir. Sach goes to tell his friends the good news but is distracted by Marcia, who seduces him into revealing his secret. Marcia and the other heirs then decide to kill Sir Percy before he can alter his current will. Slip, meanwhile, realizes that Sach's indiscretion has put Sir Percy in danger, and so the friends split up to search for the earl, who has disappeared. Unable to locate Sir Percy, Herbert and Reggie attempt to kill Sach, but he eludes them and stumbles into a torture chamber.
Several more attempts are made on Sach's life until someone mysteriously knocks out both Reggie and Herbert. After Edgar appears and holds Sach and Slip, who has come to help his friend, at gunpoint, the mysterious assailant emerges and is revealed to be Sir Percy. Hoskins enters the dungeon and asks Edgar's permission to shoot the men, but when he is given the gun, he proves his loyalty to Sir Percy by turning the weapon on Edgar, Herbert and Reggie. A swordfight erupts between the men while upstairs, Marcia and Agatha lock Butch and Chuck in a room.
Detective Ames of Scotland Yard arrives with the police, having been summoned earlier by Hoskins, and they arrest the women and free Butch and Chuck, who then lead them to the dungeon. There they find that Edgar, Herbert and Reggie are securely locked up in the stocks, and that everyone else is safe. Lawyer Higby arrives unexpectedly and announces that he mistakenly identified Sach as Sir Percy's relative, but that the true heir lives in Australia. As if this news was not painful enough, Sach is accidentally knocked unconscious by several cannonballs that slip out of their mounts. Sir Percy later congratulates a bandaged Sach for maintaining his dignity in the face of the bad news. When Sach expresses his regret that he never got to go on a fox hunt, Sir Percy informs him that there have been no foxes in the area for hundreds of years. Moments later, a fox chased by beagles runs through the room and both Sach and Sir Percy heed the call of the hunt.
Clipped Wings - Aug. 1953 65 minutes - Directed by Edward Bernds
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Renie Riano as WAF Sgt. Anderson; Todd Karns as
Lt. Dave Moreno; June Vincent as Doreen Thompson; Fay Roope as Col. Davenport; Mary Treen as Mildred; Anne Kimbell as Allison; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Elaine Riley as Sgt. White; Lou Nova as Tough Air Policeman; Philip Van Zandt as Joe Eckler; Lyle Talbot as Capt. Blair
Slip and Sach go to the Air Force headquarters to visit their pal Dave Moreno who is being held for treason. The boys end up in the Air Force and help uncover spies.
Sach pretends he is an aviator while aboard a mounted children's airplane ride in Louie's sweet shop. When Slip makes fun of him, Sach proudly displays his paperwork for a flying school correspondence course. While they are talking, former neighbor Dave Moreno, now a captain with the U.S. Air Force, arrives for a visit. Dave reveals that he works as a researcher on a secret rocket project. The next day, the Boys read that Dave has been arrested as a spy by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for selling military secrets. Convinced of Dave's innocence, Sach and Slip try to visit him at the Allen Air Force base and unwittingly complete recruitment papers. Despite numerous lengthy tests, Sach and Slip do not comprehend their error until they are inducted into the Air Force. The commanding officer, Col. Davenport, then assigns them to ground crew school. When Sach is mistakenly assigned to sleep in the barracks of the Women's Air Force, female Sgt. Anderson attempts to have him reassigned. Sach must stay, however, as the officer who signed his orders is unavailable.
Sach is given sleeping quarters in the laundry room, which he disrupts due to his clumsiness and must then spend the night re-washing the laundry. Slip, meanwhile, runs afoul of his barracks sergeant, Brodsky, who is accidentally knocked out by a fire extinguisher because of Slip's antics. The next day, Slip and Sach attempt to visit Dave but are refused entry because they do not have a pass. They then go to the Post Exchange store and are surprised to see Louie, Chuck and Butch, who have come to visit. When waitress Dorene Thompson overhears their conversation about Dave, she privately convinces Sach to bring her news of him as he is her friend. That night, Sach causes pandemonium in the women's barracks when he sneaks in to find Slip. Sach and Slip sneak out when the lights are doused and climb a ladder up to Dave's quarters to free their friend.
However, Dave refuses to attempt an escape, and Sach and Slip are arrested by military police. Unknown to them, Dave is released and secretly meets with Davenport and FBI agents, with whom he is working undercover to expose a spy network. Dave agrees to continue to work to foil the spies, and Davenport agrees to release the unsuspecting Slip and Sach as well. Dorene, who is working with the spies, learns that Dave is out of prison and orders her cohorts to contact him at a public air show at the base. That day, Sach and Slip mistake two men tailing Dave for thugs. They assault the men and trap them in the supply barracks, unaware that they are actually FBI agents following Dave for his own safety. The boys then follow Dave themselves, and when he is kidnapped by Dorene and her cohorts, they send Butch, Chuck and Louie to get help.
Sach, who received his airman's certificate while in jail, then convinces Slip to join him aboard a plane in order to follow the spies. He is unaware, however, that the plane is being radio-controlled and is featured in the air show. After the plane takes off, it is shot at by Air Force fighter planes as part of a demonstration. A terrified Sach consults his flight manual, but each chapter is titled "How to Face Death in the Air." He finally locates operating instructions and regains control of the plane, much to the surprise of the radio operator on the ground. Sach manages to land safely in a field, which coincidentally, is near a farmhouse where Dave is being tortured to reveal military secrets. Sach and Slip burst into the house and assault the spies, whom they subdue after a lengthy fight.
When Dorene attempts to hold them at gunpoint, Sach pulls a rug out from underneath her and she, too, is taken hostage. Davenport, who had been alerted by Chuck and Butch, arrives shortly afterward to find that Slip has injected the spies with truth serum they intended to use on Dave. The spies are arrested following their confessions, and Davenport congratulates Sach on his excellent flying skills. After Sach accidentally sits on the truth serum syringe, he admits his flying skills were nothing but dumb luck.
Private Eyes - December 1953 64 minutes - Directed by Edward Bernds
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terrence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Robert Osterloh as Prof. Damon; Joyce Holden as
Myra Hagen; William 'Bill' Phillips as Soapy the Safecracker (as William Phillips); Rudy Lee as Herbie; William Forrest as John Graham; Chick Chandler as Eddie the Detective; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Lou Lubin as Oskar; Tim Ryan as Andy the Cop; Peter Mamakos as Chico; Edith Leslie as Aggie the Nurse
After being punched in the nose by 10 year old Herbie, Sach develops mind reading capabilities. The boys open up a detective agency and their first case involves a beautiful blonde and of course, gangsters.
Slip and Sach run the Bowery Boys Club, an athletic club for local children, in the back of Louie's sweet shop. When Sach recovers from a knockout by little Herbie while they are sparring, he discovers that he can read minds. Shortly after, Louie's friend Eddie asks him to buy his detective agency for two hundred dollars. Slip believes that Sach's new ability could be a goldmine for a detective agency, and encourages Louie to buy the business. Slip is chagrined, however, when the first telephone call at their new business is from the landlord demanding five months' worth of unpaid rent. Not long after, Myra Hagen, wearing a luxurious fur coat, rushes into the office claiming that someone is trying to kill her. She gives Slip an envelope that contains information for the district attorney in the event of her death.
Sach places the envelope in their safe, unwittingly enclosing the safe's combination as well. Sach then hides under the desk when a shadowy figure appears outside the office door. Slip runs into the corridor to investigate but finds no one, and returns to discover that Myra has also disappeared. On the street, Myra is taken hostage in her car by a man with a gun. When a policeman stops by the detective agency, he examines the fur coat that Myra left behind and determines that it is one of many valuable fur coats stolen the night before. Myra is taken to a health farm where Prof. Damon operates a theft ring that alters stolen coats from around the country for resale. Myra, who has been part of the racket but now wants to get out, warns Damon about her incriminating letter. At the detective agency, Slip tells John Graham, who claims to represent the insurance company investigating the fur coat thefts, about the letter. Slip wants the reward Graham offers for the letter but cannot open the safe to get it out.
Slip later berates Sach for locking the combination in the safe, and Sach attempts to correct it by blowing up the safe with gunpowder. Although Sach is unharmed, the explosion causes him to lose his psychic powers and the envelope still is not found. Myra telephones them and, under duress from Damon, asks them to return the envelope. Two of Damon's thugs arrive to retrieve the letter, but because the boys are unable to find it, the thugs kidnap Herbie, who had been brought to the office to restore Sach's powers. Karl, a dim-witted thug working for Damon who is fond of Myra, tells her about Damon's plans to kill her and Herbie. Myra takes Karl's keys and finds Herbie, who then telephones to tell Slip that he and Myra are being held at the sanitarium.
Having finally found the envelope, Slip and Sach go to the sanitarium disguised as a doctor and his elderly female patient. After nurse Aggie takes the feminized Sach to his room, he and Slip search for Herbie. Sach encounters Graham, who is the ringleader of the racket, and after revealing his identity, gives Graham the envelope in hopes of receiving the reward. Graham tells him to wait, but then sends his thugs after Sach. Sach eludes them with Slip's help, and they then disperse in separate directions. Slip soon finds Myra and Herbie but when the door opens, Herbie strikes Sach, anticipating a thug.
The blow restores Sach's psychic powers. After a brawl during which all of the thugs are trapped in a boiling vat, Herbie grabs the envelope from Graham and returns it to Slip. Much later, the Bowery Boys Club celebrates its grand opening in a new location. Sach explains to a party guest that he and Slip used the reward money to open the improved club to keep kids out of trouble. However, several boys get into a food fight and Slip, Sach and Louie are hit in the face with pies.
Paris Playboys - March 1954 65 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones / Prof. Maurice Gaston Le Beau; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Veola Vonn as
Mimi Du Bois; Steven Geray as Dr. Gaspard; John Wengraf as Vidal (as John E. Wengraf); Mari Lynn as Celeste Gambon (as Marianna Lynn); David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as
Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Gordon B. Clarke as Jacques Gambon; Alphonse Martell as Pierre, Butler; Fritz Feld as Marcel, Maitre d'
French Professors mistake Sach for a missing world renowned French scientist who is developing a secret fuel formula, Professor Le Beau. The boys agree to allow Sach to impersonate Le Beau. They head to Paris to assist the Professors in locating the missing Professor only once again to get involved with spies who want the secret formula.
Professor Maurice Gaston Le Beau is missing, but a member of the Scientific Section of the UN General Intelligence Agency his colleagues that he has seen the professor in a sweet shop on the Bowery. They all go immediately to Louie's sweet shop, where they find Sach, the professor's look-a-like, and show Slip a newspaper clipping, with a photograph, reporting Le Beau's disappearance in Paris. Le Beau, who has been working on a formula for a new rocket fuel, has had several attempts made on his life by foreign agents who want his formula.
Consequently, the scientists decide to ask Sach to impersonate Le Beau in the hope that they can force the agents out into the open and allow Le Beau to come out of hiding to resume his research. After the scientists persuade Slip and Sach to accompany them to Paris, Louie decides to go along as well. Soon after, newspaper headlines announce that Le Beau has been found and is suffering from amnesia. On the flight to Paris, Slip fills Sach in on some of the details of Le Beau's life, including the fact that he is engaged to Mimi Du Bois. Meanwhile, in Paris, Mimi informs her friends that Le Beau's physician, Dr. Gaspard, feels that her fiancé can be cured of his amnesia.
Unknown to Mimi, Gaspard is in league with a crook named Vidal, who represents a group of agents seeking the formula. When Sach, Slip and Louie arrive in Paris, Mimi and Gaspard accept Sach as Le Beau and indulge his frequently bizarre behavior. Although Gaspard persuades "Le Beau" to restart work in the laboratory, Mimi protests that Gaspard has failed to restore her fiancé's memory and insists that she be given a chance. Mimi then tells "Le Beau" that they will marry during the next week and leave on a honeymoon. After a thug enters the house and throws a knife at him, Sach decides he wants to go home, but Slip convinces him that they are serving both the United States and France by staying.
Meanwhile, the real Le Beau, who is cavorting with several maidens on a tropical island, sees a newspaper story about Sach and Mimi together in Paris. Later, when Le Beau returns in a jealous rage and discovers Louie in his house, he orders him to leave. Louie assumes that Le Beau is Sach, gone mad, and is further bewildered when Sach appears and asks him why he is leaving. Confusion reigns as Le Beau and Mimi reunite and he asks her to leave immediately to get married. Slip, too, does not realize that Le Beau has returned. Eventually, Le Beau and Sach meet and Le Beau chases Sach with a sword.
When Sach hides, Le Beau starts a sword fight with Slip, whom he regards as another intruder in his house, but Slip locks him in a closet. The confusion is compounded when Gaspard, Vidal and two thugs arrive and demand the formula for the rocket fuel. After Sach dictates a totally arbitrary concoction of ingredients to Slip, Gaspard and Vidal insist that Sach prove that the formula works. Sach then prepares the fuel and puts the mix in a model rocket. Meanwhile, Mimi has freed Le Beau and the thugs bring him to the lab just as Sach lights the fuse on the rocket.
To everyone's surprise, the rocket takes off and flies around the lab until it crashes and explodes, wrecking the lab and incapacitating the crooks. Later, the French government awards Sach the Legion of Honor for his accidental discovery, while Mimi consoles the disconsolate Le Beau, who had spent years trying to achieve the same result.
The Bowery Boys Meet The Monsters - June 1954 65 minutes - Directed by Edward Bernds
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Slip Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Sach; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Lloyd Corrigan as Anton Gravesend; Ellen Corby as Amelia Gravesend; John Dehner as Dr. Derek Gravesend; Laura Mason as Francine Gravesend; Paul Wexler as Grissom; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Slip and Sach think the empty lot owned by the Graves family would be ideal for the neighborhood kids to play baseball. They head to the spooky mansion to talk to the Graves only to get involved with mad scientists, monsters, robots, vampires and man eating trees.
After some children playing ball in the street break a window of Louie's sweet shop, Slip and Sach decide to rent a nearby vacant lot in which the children can play. The property is owned by the Gravesends, who invite the Boys to their mansion to discuss the arrangement. Unknown to Slip and Sach, the family - - two brothers, Derek and Anton, sister Amelia and niece Francine - - are all quite mad. Derek requires a human brain to transplant into his gorilla, Cosmos, while Anton needs a head for his robot Gorog. Amelia seeks food for her man-eating tree and Francine, a vampire, is always on the lookout for new blood.
All the Gravesends consider that Slip and Sach qualify as donors for their particular experiments, prompting Derek to invite them to stay the night, stating that he will discuss the rental of the lot with his lawyer in the morning. After Grissom, the butler, is temporarily transformed into a monster when he drinks a potion Anton has created, Derek prepares Cosmos to receive Sach's brain. While demonstrating to Derek that he can control Gorog by sending the robot directions over a microphone, Anton accidentally sends the robot to kill Sach in the guest bedroom. Luckily for Sach, Anton rescinds the order before Gorog can do any damage.
Meanwhile, Louie, becoming concerned that Slip and Sach have not returned, sets off with Chuck and Butch to find them. In the morning, at gunpoint, Derek informs Slip and Sach that due to the operations they are about to undergo, they will be the forerunners of a new, happy race, unburdened by intelligence. Alerted that Louie and the others are at the front door, Derek locks Slip and Sach in a closet, from which they attempt to escape by breaking through the wall, but discover that Cosmos' cage is on the other side. After Derek takes Louie and the others prisoner, he and Anton prepare Slip and Sach for their respective operations.
Cosmos gets loose, however, and knocks out Grissom and Anton, then frees Slip who inadvertently activates Gorog, telling it to attack Cosmos. Slip then tries to escape, but is cornered by Amelia who wants to feed him to her tree. Slip is then freed by Francine so that he can become a blood donor. Sach escapes only to be chased by both Cosmos and Gorog and is eventually caught by Grissom, who takes him to the laboratory where Derek and Anton fight over who will use Sach in their transplant. Meanwhile, Slip has found Louie and the others and gains control of Gorog, sending it to attack Grissom and the brothers.
After Anton destroys the robot's controlling mechanism, they recapture Sach, who drinks some of Anton's potion, turns into a monster and defeats them all. The effects of the potion wear off just as Sach is about to strangle Slip. Slip then secures Derek's signature for the use of the lot. However, back in the Bowery, Louie's windows continue to be broken, thanks to the addition to the team of a powerful home-run hitter, Gorog.
Jungle Gents - September 1954 64 minutes - Directed by Edward Bernds
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Laurette Luez as Anatta; Patrick O'Moore as Alfie Grimshaw; Rudolph Anders as Dr. Goebel; Harry Cording as Dan Shanks; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Sach has the ability to smell diamonds because of his sinus medicine. The boys go to Africa to locate diamonds and get mixed up with criminals and cannibals. Sach falls in love with 'Jane' only to eventually meet 'Tarzan'.
In Louie's Sweet Shop, Sach assists a police officer in recovering a bag of stolen diamonds by sniffing them out, then realizes that his sense of smell has been heightened by new antibiotic pills he is taking for a sinus condition. The owner of the diamonds, Alf Grimshaw, tells Sach and his pal Slip that they can become rich by using Sach's olfactory talent to recover a horde of lost diamonds in Africa. Grimshaw, Sach, Slip, and Louie, Chuck and Butch then journey to Africa or, as Slip calls it, "The Dark Condiment." They meet Grimshaw's partner, the ailing Holmes, at his trading post where he explains how another of their partners had found the diamonds, but was killed before he could tell Holmes where they were hidden. Before Holmes became ill, he and Grimshaw had searched the area, but had only been able to establish that the diamonds were hidden in a complex of caves.
Dr. Goebel, Holmes' physician, is present when Holmes gives Sach a map of the route to the caves and warns him to guard it with his life. Later, Goebel and his crooked confederate, Shanks, decide to follow the expedition to the caves and steal the diamonds. The group sets off and on their first night in the jungle decides to build several fires to ward off lions. After Sach inadvertently uses the map to start his fire, he conceals the fact that it is been destroyed and instead leads them aimlessly in circles. Goebel, Shanks and their bearers are also following the same bewildering trail. After days of wandering, Sach admits that the map is gone and that the paper he has been consulting is actually a mail-order girdle advertisement. The contrite Sach threatens to commit suicide, but changes his mind and is relegated to the rear of the group.
As they stumble on through the jungle, a lion threatens Sach who is then rescued by Anatta, a curvaceous jungle woman who becomes enamored of him. When the others return to find Sach, Anatta runs away, and after the bearers see the dead lion, they assume that Sach killed it and proclaim him a great white hunter. Meanwhile, Goebel and Shanks visit Omotawa, a native chief, and arrange that he will kill all the strangers, except the one with the big nose. After the chief takes the boys prisoner, Goebel informs them that he and Sach will go diamond hunting the next morning while Slip and the others are turned into shrunken heads.
Slip realizes that the only way they can escape their predicament is by disabling Sach's sense of smell, so they ensure that he catches a cold. The next morning, as Sach sneezes, Slip informs Goebel and Shanks that Sach cannot smell anything. Goebel and Shanks then take Sach to their hut where Rangori, the masked witch doctor, tries to cure his cold. Soon after, Anatta appears and knocks Rangori out, after which Sach dons Rangori's mask and robes and frees the others. After Sach recovers from his cold, Grimshaw convinces Anatta to take them to the caves, which are reputed to be haunted by a faceless ghost. Inside one of the caves, Sach and Slip collide, disabling Sach's nose when they hit their heads together. Sach accidentally finds the horde of diamonds, however, when he is chased by the ghost.
Goebel and Shanks arrive and hold the group at gunpoint until the ghost reappears, enabling the boys to overpower them. The ghost is revealed to be Holmes, who has been tracking Goebel and Shanks, after having discovered that they had killed his partner. Later, as Slip, Louie, Chuck and Butch prepare to leave on a boat, they wave goodbye to Grimshaw, Holmes and Sach, who has donned a loincloth and decided to stay with Anatta. When Anatta's boyfriend, who looks like Tarzan, shows up, Sach runs off to join the others on their trip back to the Bowery.
Bowery To Bagdad - January 1955 64 minutes - Directed by dward Bernds
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Joan Shawlee as Velma 'Cindy Lou' Calhoun; Eric Blore as Genie of the Lamp; Jean Willes as Claire Culpepper; Robert Bice as Duke Dolan; Dick Wessel as Gus (as Richard Wessel); Michael Ross as Tiny; Rayford Barnes as Canarsie; Rick Vallin as Selim; Paul Marion as Abdul; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
The story of Aladdin's lamp begins in the Middle Ages where the lamp is stolen. Hundreds of years later it ends up in the Bowery and in the hands of the boys.
During the reign of Hamud, the Caliph of Bagdad, after Aladdin's lamp is stolen, Hamud orders his men to return it to him at any cost. The lamp is not recovered during Hamud's lifetime but because his orders are sacred, future generations of his retainers continue the search until finally, in the 1950s, Selim and Abdul travel to the Bowery in New York City. Meanwhile, Sach buys the lamp at a junk shop and intends to give it to his pal Louie. When Sach shows his treasure to Slip, Chuck and Butch, Slip ridicules him for wasting his money.
While they are squabbling, Tiny and Canarsie, henchmen of racketeer Duke Dolan, arrive to pressure Louie to surrender his lease to the shop, but Louie adamantly refuses. In the shop's back room, Sach grumbles about his lack of courage and Slip's constant nagging, then, when he polishes the lamp, is amazed by the sudden appearance of the wish-granting genie of the lamp. The genie is equally amazed by Sach's stupidity, but nonetheless grants his wish for six malteds. While Sach enjoys his treats, the entire affair is witnessed by Tiny, who rushes to Duke's penthouse to tell him about the magical occurrence.
Duke's third hood, Gus, has recently read about the lamp and convinces Duke that it is worth pursuing, so Duke sends Tiny and Canarsie to steal it. Meanwhile, Sach tells Slip about his discovery, but Slip does not believe him until Sach makes the genie appear again. The conniving Slip persuades Sach to share the lamp with him, then instructs the genie that he can only take orders from the two of them jointly. The boys request $1,000,000, but are surprised when the genie loads the table with gold bars rather than "folding money." During the boys's ensuing quarrel, Sach inadvertantly wishes the gold away and both the money and the genie disappear. The incident is witnessed by Abdul and Selim, who follow Tiny and Canarsie after they steal the lamp. At the penthouse, Duke's girl friend Velma urges him to rub the lamp, but when the genie appears, the gangsters are angered to learn that he cannot take their orders.
Believing Sach to be the genie's master, Duke sends Velma to the sweet shop, where she flirts outrageously with the dumbfounded Sach, and lures him and Slip to the penthouse. Gus's girl friend Claire pretends to be Velma's cousin and attempts to romance Slip while Velma separates him from Sach. Velma takes Sach to Duke, who threatens him with physical violence if he does not persuade the genie to obey them. The genie finally explains that he can only take orders from Slip and Sach together, so while Velma holds Sach at gun point, the gangsters search for Slip, who has escaped from Claire and Gus.
Selim and Abdul have also arrived at the huge penthouse, adding to the melée. The Arabs capture Slip and lock him in the pantry, while the genie urges Sach to escape from Velma by aggressively romancing her. Louie, Chuck and Butch, who were told by Slip to come if he had not returned by 10:00, enter the fray, and after Slip is snatched from the pantry by Gus and Canarsie, Louie winds up in the pantry getting drunk with the genie. Duke, who keeps getting accidentally hit on the head by his men, becomes disgusted, and when Slip and Sach wander out onto the window ledge, orders his men to shoot them.
Fortunately for the boys, Sach has found the lamp, and together they ask the genie to take them home. They are momentarily baffled upon realizing that they have been transported to ancient Bagdad, the genie's home, but when a group of lovely harem girls come to pamper them, they decide to linger for a while. Their enjoyment is interrupted by the arrival of the caliph, who orders the genie to return to him and threatens to chop the boys into pieces when the genie states that he cannot. Slip reluctantly offers to exchange the genie for their freedom, and after the caliph agrees, the genie sends the boys back to the New York window ledge, where they are still under fire from the gangsters.
Just then, Chuck and Butch arrive with the police, and Duke and his hoods are arrested. Later, at the shop, Slip and the boys are bemoaning their fate when the genie, who has become fond of them, pops up to grant them one last wish. Although Slip urges caution so that they do not waste their wish, Sach, fed up with Slip's insults, inadvertantly wishes that he had the nerve to punch Slip. His wish granted, Sach knocks Slip unconscious, but then quickly runs out the door before Slip can awaken and take revenge.
High Society - April 1955 61 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Amanda Blake as Clarissa Jones; David Gorcey as
Chuck (as David Condon); Addison Richards as Sam Cosgrove; Paul Harvey as Henry Baldwin; Dayton Lummis as H. Stuyvesant Jones; Ronald Keith as Terwilliger Debussy 'Twig' Jones III; Gavin Gordon as
Frisbie the Butler; Dave Barry as Palumbo the Pianist; Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Kem Dibbs as Marten the Chauffeur
While Slip and Sach are working in an auto garage, Sach is told that he is the heir to the fortune of the late Terwillinger Debussey Jones. Sach is invited to the mansion for a weekend of paper signing only to learn that the real heir is a 10 year old boy, Terwillinger III. The boys help the righful young heir fight against his scheming cousins for control of his fortune.
At the Bowery Garage, Slip orders Sach to park an expensive car "right straight ahead." Sach, not knowing that the "R" on the car's steering column means reverse, believes he is putting the car into "right straight ahead" and crashes into the garage's rear wall. Even though infuriated Slip fires him, Sach is attempting to fix the car's dents with a sledgehammer when the car's owner, H. Stuyvesant Jones, arrives to claim it. Much to Slip's bewilderment, Jones's initial anger is defused upon learning Sach's name, and that he is an only child who was abandoned at birth.
After promising to contact Sach soon, Jones leaves and returns to the Larchmont estate where he lives with his duplicitous niece Clarissa, her boyfriend, chauffeur Marten, and his young nephew, Terwilliger "Twig" Jones III. Jones and Clarissa have squandered their share of the vast Terwilliger fortune and are hoping to defraud Twig out of his larger portion by inventing a "lost" heir. Jones believes that they will be able to alter Sach's birth certificate to make it appear that he is the son of the family patriarch's ne'er-do-well son Pierpont, who disappeared years earlier. Clarissa worries that Frisbie the butler, who is devoted to Twig, will interfere, but Jones is undeterred.
As they are discussing their plan, they are interrupted by Twig, who immediately senses that they are scheming against him yet again. Twig and Frisbie call Twig's lawyer, Sam Cosgrove, to alert him to the potential danger, but unknown to them, Cosgrove is in league with Jones. Soon after, Jones returns to the garage and there informs Sach that he has found Sach's birth certificate, which proves that he is the heir to the estate of copper magnate Terwilliger Pierpont Jones. Sach is thrilled, but the suspicious Slip insists on accompanying him to Larchmont, along with their pal Louie Dumbrowski.
At the estate, Cosgrove examines the forged records and asserts that Sach's claim is legitimate, much to the dismay of Twig and Frisbie. Sach is eager to receive his half-a-million dollars, but Cosgrove states that the bank representative will not arrive until the following day to formalize the transaction. That evening, the Joneses host a musical soiree, featuring pianist Señor Palumbo, to introduce Sach to their society friends. The event is spoiled when Twig lets loose his collection of trained fleas, and afterward, Twig and Frisbie accuse Sach and Slip of attempting fraud. Upon hearing their concerns, Slip is determined to find Sach's birth certificate and learn the truth. After a few misadventures, the group finds the certificate, and Louie, who knew Sach's parents, confirms that it is fraudulent.
Angered that they have been duped, Slip decides to help Twig prove that Jones is a criminal, but Sach, who misses the Bowery, wants to return home. When Jones discovers that the certificate is missing, he orders Clarissa to stall Sach while they search for it. Clarissa kisses Sach and searches his pockets while caressing him, but abruptly gives up when she determines that he does not have the paper. After Sach, covered with lipstick, returns to their room, Slip yells at him for "colluding with the enemy," but Sach refuses to believe that Clarissa is guilty. Meanwhile, Twig and Frisbie, still unaware of Cosgrove's true allegiance, have informed him of their discovery, and then report back to Slip.
The group splits up, and when Sach is trapped in the library by Jones and a pistol-wielding Cosgrove, he realizes that Cosgrove is a crook. Slip, Twig and Frisbie enter the library, and despite Sach's use of Pig Latin to warn Slip, the friends are captured and Jones regains the birth certificate. Marten locks Slip, Twig, Frisbie and Louie in the attic while the others hold Sach in the library to await the bank representative, Henry Baldwin. When Baldwin arrives, Cosgrove warns him that Sach is eccentric, and then attempts to force Sach to sign the papers releasing the money to him. While Sach is doing his best to stall, Slip lowers Twig out the attic window, using electrical wire, and Twig rushes back upstairs to release them.
They knock out Marten and run to the library, where they tell Baldwin that Cosgrove is crooked, and then attempt to elude Jones and the recovered Marten, who are trying to shoot them. With the aid of a toy train, toy bow and arrows and fencing equipment, Slip and his friends apprehend the criminals, and Baldwin calls the police. Later, Slip and Sach are back at their garage, which now boasts all of the latest, modern equipment, thanks to the generous Twig. Twig and Frisbie arrive to pick up their car, and Sach begins to pull it out. Not knowing that Sach was about to put the car out of reverse and into drive, Slip pulls him from the driver's seat and jumps in, then promptly drives the car into the wall again.
Spy Chasers - July 1955 61 minutes - Directed by Edward Bernds
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Leon Askin as Col. Alex Baxis; Sig Ruman as King Rako of Truania; Veola Vonn as Lady Zelda; Lisa Davis as Princess Ann; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett); Richard Benedict as Boris; Frank Richards as George; Linda Bennett as Little Girl
Slip, Sach and the boys come to the aid of Princess Ann of Truania and her Father, the exiled King. The King ask ex-Truanina Louie to hide a secret half-coin until the time is right for the return of the exiled King. Slip and Sach distrust the Kings right hand man, Colonel Baxis, who is plotting against the King.
Sach mistakenly assumes that a pretty girl is following him into Louie's sweet shop. The Boys mock Sach's notion, and the young woman reveals that she is Princess Ann from the tiny European country of Truania. Louie is delighted, as he is from Truania and his brother Felix still lives there. Ann informs Louie that Felix is the most loyal general of her father, King Rako, and is heading an underground movement to restore Rako to the throne. Rako, who was ousted by revolutionaries, is currently hiding in New York, and requires Louie's help.
After Ann leaves, two thugs enter the shop and threaten the boys about becoming involved with Ann. Louie and the boys then go to the Truania consulate and there meet Col. Alex Baxis, Rako's aide, and Lady Zelda, Ann's lady-in-waiting. Rako explains that he has one half of a coin, the other half of which is in Felix's possession, and that Felix will send his half as a sign that it is safe for Rako to return to Truania. Needing a place to hide the coin, Rako gives it to Louie and tells him that Felix will send a courier with the other half at the appropriate time. Louie gravely accepts the responsibility, and back at the shop, he and Slip hide the half coin in a display candy bar made out of wood.
While Louie is out, however, the bumbling Sach accidentally gives the candy bar to a temperamental little girl. Unknown to Rako and Ann, Baxis and Zelda are the leaders of the rebels trying to take over Truania, and while the boys are out looking for the girl, they send their henchmen, George and Boris, to search for the coin. Upon the boys's return, they are surprised to find that the shop is a mess but are glad when Sach arrives with the girl. Bribed by Louie with an ice cream cone, the girl returns the coin, although the transaction is witnessed by the lurking George and Boris. Zelda secretly invites Sach to the consulate and there, hypnotizes him and instructs him to give the coin to George and Boris in the early morning hours.
At 4:00 a.m., Sach, still in a trance, hits Slip over the head with a frying pan, gets the coin and passes it to the henchmen, who make a wax impression of it. They return the coin and leave, but Slip, regaining consciousness, sees them and recognizes them as the thugs who had threatened them just after they met Ann. Several hours later, Slip and Sach, who is no longer in a trance, report to Rako. Slip is suspicious of Baxis and Zelda, and follows Baxis while Sach follows Zelda. Slip watches as Baxis meets George and Boris at a restaurant owned by their cohort, Nick, and realizes that Baxis is somehow betraying the king.
Inside, Baxis tells his men that the wax impression has been turned into a fake coin, with which they will lure the king back to Truania before Felix is ready. The rebels will then be able to arrest and kill Rako. Soon after, Ann walks in as Zelda is making a short wave radio call to her cohorts about their scheme, and Baxis kidnaps her to keep her quiet. Slip is unaware of the events, however, and when Baxis' fake courier arrives with the phony coin, the boys relay his message that Rako is to return to Truania immediately. The distraught king protests that he cannot leave without his daughter, but Baxis assures him that he will find her.
Suspecting that Ann is being held at Nick's, Slip and Sach rush to the restaurant and succeed in freeing the princess. When they take Ann to Louie's shop, they find that Chuck and Butch have tied up another courier, but this one, Ann's cousin Michael, is the real one. Michael explains that Rako is not to return for 10 days, at which time Felix will be able to guarantee his safety. Slip and the others race to the consulate, where Rako is preparing to leave. Slip informs him that Baxis and Zelda are traitors, which Ann confirms. Michael levels a pistol at Baxis to prevent him from escaping, but Zelda hypnotizes Sach into knocking away the gun, and a huge brawl ensues.
Although Zelda periodically hypnotizes Sach into helping Baxis, Slip and his pals prevail, and Zelda and Baxis are arrested. Later, at a celebratory dinner hosted by Louie, Rako gives medals to his friends to thank them. Fond of Sach's good humor, the king bestows upon him Truania's highest honor, and the suddenly overbearing Sach barks orders at his friends until they begin pelting him with food.
Jail Busters - September 1955 61 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Barton MacLane as Captain Jenkins, Head Guard; Anthony Caruso as Percival P. Lannigan; Percy Helton as Warden B.W. Oswald; David Gorcey as Charles 'Chuck' Anderson (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch Williams (as Bennie Bartlett); Lyle Talbot as Cy Bowman; Michael Ross as Big Greenie; John Harmon as Tomcyk; Murray Alper as Gus; Fritz Feld as Dr. Fernando F. Fordyce; Henry Kulky as Marty; Harry Tyler as Hank - Convict 12784
After newspaper employee Chuck suffers a beating while undercover in prison, the boys decide to enter prison to find the culprits.
At Louie's sweet shop, Slip, Sach and Butch pay for their banana splits with yet another worthless check. Louie berates the boys for their lack of ambition and says they should be more like their other pal, Chuck, who works as a copy boy at the Blade newspaper. Just then, Chuck rushes in with news that he has been promoted to reporter and assigned to a big story, although he does not elaborate. Later, another Blade reporter named Sy Bowman comes to the shop and informs the friends that Chuck was badly beaten in a riot at the state penitentiary, where he was working undercover to investigate corruption.
Horrified, Slip and the others immediately go to the hospital to visit Chuck, but before Bowman can leave, he is menaced by Willy, the thug who works for a bookie to whom Bowman owes $5,000. Bowman promises to pay soon, while at the hospital, a tearful Slip vows vengence when Chuck reveals that "Big Greenie" beat him. Bowman meets the boys at the hospital, and Slip decides to commit a real crime so that he, Sach and Butch will be sent to the penitentiary to find Chuck's attacker and uncover the corruption. Bowman agrees to the plan, which will require him to notify the prison's warden, Oswald, and the Blade 's editor of the boys's innocence, as well as hold the loot from their robbery for safekeeping.
That night, the boys rob Potnick's jewelry store and leave many clues as to their identities, including fingerprints and a stamp stating "Sach was here." The police are baffled about the crime, however, and do not arrest Slip and the others until Bowman makes an anonymous call implicating them. Unknown to the boys, as they are entering the penitentiary, Bowman sells the goods from Potnick's and uses the money to pay off his bookie. In the prison, the boys are taken by tough guard Jenkins to see Oswald, who has been the warden for only a few weeks. Oswald, who was not informed by Bowman about the undercover investigation, is puzzled by the boys's insistence that they will be leaving in a few weeks, and orders Jenkins to keep a close eye on them.
Slip and his pals then meet their cellmate, Hank Gaffney, who reveals that he has been digging an escape tunnel for twenty-two years. After many problems trying to adapt to the prison work routine, the boys are ordered by Jenkins to mop floors. The area they are taken to houses gangster Percival P. Lannigan and his henchmen, including Tom Tomcyk and Big Greenie. Slip, Sach and Butch are amazed by Lannigan's lavishly appointed cell, as well as the gourmet food he is served and the luxurious clothes he wears instead of a uniform. They overhear him talk about the payoffs he makes to the guards, with Jenkins serving as his go-between, and watch as he slips a notebook filled with details of his payments into his desk.
After the gangster orders Slip and Sach to clean his cell, they attempt to steal the notebook but fail. They then demand to see Oswald and tell him about their connection to Bowman. When Oswald calls Bowman, however, he denies knowing the boys. The warden then visits Lannigan's cell, but it has been transformed to look like everyone else's. Believing that the boys are insane, Oswald sends them to prison psychiatrist Fernando F. Fordyce, who is driven crazy by the boys's constant bickering. Slip realizes that Bowman has double-crossed them, and when Louie visits, tells him that he must take Chuck to see the editor of the Blade to verify their story. Greenie overhears their conversation and reports to Lannigan, who orders his men "on the outside" to pick up Louie and Chuck.
When the boys return to their cells later, they learn from Hank that Lannigan intends to have them killed the following day, and that he has captured Louie and Chuck. Desperate to save their friends, the boys try to escape using Hank's tunnel, but it emerges in the warden's office. Just then, Oswald enters, but he assures the boys that he now believes them, as he made a surprise inspection of Lannigan's cell and found the luxury items they described. Before Oswald can alert the prison board, Lannigan, Tomcyk and Greenie arrive, and a brawl ensues. Through Sach's trickery, Tomcyk and Greenie plunge down into Hank's tunnel and are knocked unconscious, while Slip beats Lannigan into revealing where Louie and Chuck are being held.
Slip gets Lannigan's notebook, then tosses him into the tunnel. Oswald calls the police, who rescue Chuck and Louie, then apologizes to the boys for doubting them. He promises to arrange for their releases but urges them to be patient. Much later, Slip, Sach and Butch are still in their cell, remembering Oswald's words about patience as they stroke their long beards.
Dig That Uranium - January 1956 62 minutes - Directed by Edward Bernds
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Bernard Gorcey as Louie Dumbrowsky; Mary Beth Hughes as Jeanette; Raymond Hatton as
Hank 'Mac' McKenzie; Harry Lauter as Ron Haskell; Myron Healey as Joe Hody; Tom Keene as Frank Loomis (as Richard Powers); Paul Fierro as Indian; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Benny Bartlett as Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
The boys discover that the Uranium mine that they talked Louie into buying isn't filled with riches but instead find themselves fighting with outlaws.
Sach brings an old friend, Shifty Robertson, into Louie's who claims he is now a wealthy uranium mine owner. Although Shifty offers no explanation, he is anxious to sell the deed to his Little Daisy mine. Slip pressures Louie into buying the deed, after which Shifty runs from the shop. Some time later, the Bowery friends arrive in Panther Pass, Nevada, where their jalopy breaks down. Local henchmen Joe Hody and Frank Loomis shoot at the New Yorkers from the hotel, hoping to dissuade them from remaining in town. Slip, Sach and the others unwittingly flee for safety into the town's sole hotel.
Hotel owner Ron Haskell, who has hired Hody and Loomis to discourage prospective prospectors, tells them there are no vacancies. When Slip, Sach, Louie, Butch and Chuck have lunch at the hotel restaurant, the waitress, Jeannette, overhears Sach bragging about their lucrative mine. After Sach unintentionally spills Loomis' drink at the bar Loomis insists Sach drink "Old Vesuvius," a powerful liquor. A brawl then ensues as Slip, Butch and Chuck defend their friend. Meanwhile, Jeannette reports to Haskell what she heard about the mine. As a result, Haskell breaks up the fight and is suddenly solicitous, explaining there are new vacancies in the hotel. Slip agrees to rent one room for all of them, unaware that Haskell is plotting to steal the mine. That night, Jeannette attempts to seduce Sach, who unwittingly reveals that Louie has the Little Daisy mine deed with him.
After telling Sach to leave, Jeannette reports the information to Haskell, who invites Louie to join him, Hody and Loomis in a poker game. Although they attempt to cheat Louie in order to force him to stake the deed as collateral, he intercepts the cards they are surreptitiously passing under the table to each other. To Haskell's dismay, Louie wins the game. The next day, the auto mechanic explains that he has improved the speed on the car's reverse gear, and after paying him for his work, the Bowery Boys drive to the mine in Bearclaw Canyon. Sach uses the Geiger counter but detects no uranium, so Slip tries to take it from him. Hody and Loomis observe them through binoculars, and believe that they are arguing because they have found uranium. After Hody and Loomis leave to report to Haskell, the Bowery Boys encounter an old prospector named Hank "Mac" McKenzie, who informs them they have not found uranium because the Little Daisy is actually an old silver mine.
Slip blames Sach and hits him on the head, and they later realize they are too poor to return home. When a rock is thrown through their hotel room window, the attached note warns them to stay away from Bearclaw Canyon. Slip concludes this means there is actually uranium in the area and they decide to set up camp in the desert to continue prospecting. The next day, Butch and Chuck return from their first foray with nothing but Mac, who is welcomed. To encourage the weary men to persevere, Mac tells a story about the rugged old West and an outlaw named Pecos Pete.
While he is talking, Sach closes his eyes and imagines Mac's story with Hody and Loomis as the outlaws, himself and Slip as heroic Rangers, and their friends as the other characters: Pecos Pete and his partner Idaho burst into a saloon and demand a drink from the bartender Louie. When the rebellious saloon girl, Jeannette, tells Pecos he could not bully them if the Rangers were present, Pecos kisses her. Moments later, the Rangers, Sach and Slip, enter the saloon and confront Pecos and Idaho, who draw their weapons. The Rangers disarm the outlaws by firing at them, and Pecos and Idaho flee after arranging for a showdown at dusk. That night, Pecos and Idaho bring reinforcements to the shoot-out, but the Rangers handily dispatch four of the men, leaving Pecos and Idaho.
Believing that only Pecos is alive, Slip approaches his hiding place. Jeannette warns Sach that Idaho is still alive, and Sach saves Slip by killing Idaho, after which Slip kills Pecos. Sach awakens as Mac finishes his story, and they are all inspired to renew their search in the morning. The next day, Hody and Loomis report to Haskell that there is no uranium at the Little Daisy, prompting him to believe that Slip and his gang have tricked him into searching in the wrong place. Shortly afterward, Sach finds uranium nearby and alerts Mac, but they are attacked by Haskell and his men, who have been watching them. Mac flees on his burro, Josephine, but Sach appears to be hit by a bullet and falls over a cliff. After Mac reports back to camp, everyone piles into the jalopy to find Sach. Sach awakens and discovers that he is unharmed and has landed on a ledge, and soon after, his friends rescue him with a rope. However, Haskell stops them before they can leave the area, and threatens to kill them.
Invigorated by the encounter, Sach infuriates Slip by suggesting to Haskell that the most convenient method of killing them would be to send them over a cliff in their own car. Haskell likes the idea, and orders Slip at gunpoint to drive, while he and his henchmen follow in another car. However, Slip uses the supercharged reverse installed by the mechanic to elude Haskell and his men. After a lengthy chase, Haskell's car sails off a cliff and crashes. Sach, Slip, Louis, Butch and Chuck discover that the crash dislodged some earth by the Little Daisy Mine, revealing uranium. Moments later, they are confronted by an Indian tribe, which claims the mine because it is part of their reservation. A disappointed Slip rejects the chief's offer of flowers. However, Sach gratefully accepts Spring Wildflowers, who is actually a beautiful Indian maiden.
Crashing Las Vegas - April 1956 62 minutes - Directed by Jean Yarbrough
This is the last film with Leo Gorcey.
Featuring: Leo Gorcey as Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney; Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Mary Castle as Carol LaRue; Don Haggerty as Tony Murlock; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Terry Frost as Police Sgt. Kelly; Jimmy Murphy as Myron; Mort Mills as Oggy; Jack Rice as Wiley; Nicky Blair as Sam; Doris Kemper as Miss Kate Kelly
Sach is able to predict numbers after receiving an electric shock. The boys head to Las Vegas after he wins a hotel stay on a game show. Gangsters blackmail Sach to give them all his winnings.
When landlady Mrs. Kelly is given her notice after more than thirty years, Slip and Sach determine to help her buy the building, even though they are broke. Just after the bumbling Sach gets a strong shock from an electric plug, Butch and Chuck arrive with four free tickets to the "Live Like a King" quiz program. Hoping to get a chance to win some money, the boys go to the show that afternoon. Winners are determined by a spin of a wheel of fortune, and Sach, who has been seeing numbers in his head since the shock, accurately predicts what the first several winning seat numbers will be. By bullying another member of the audience into vacating seat number 87, Slip wins the prize when that number is called.
Slip's three friends demand to share the prize, so Slip convinces the program emcee to change the prize from four luxurious weeks in Las Vegas for one to one week for four. After being flown to Las Vegas and checking into their hotel, Sach decides to bet a quarter on the roulette wheel. He repeatedly wins, amassing a large amount of money, but loses it all after stepping away from the table. Slip then gives him another quarter, and Sach wins even more money, attracting the attention of fortune hunter Carol LaRue and her two cohorts, Oggy and Sam, who think Sach has a system and want to find out what it is.
The next day, Sach introduces his friends to Carol, who relates that Sach saved her life in the swimming pool. When Carol tells Sach that she came to Las Vegas to win money for her mother's operation, he boasts that he can help her but loses her last two hundred dollars when he fails to predict the winning numbers on the roulette wheel. After she angrily leaves him in the casino, Sach confesses to Slip that when she was with him, he could not think of anything but her, then quickly wins enough money to close down the wheel. Later, Carol, Oggy and Sam determine to cheat Sach out of his winnings and devise a plan that involves another cohort,
Tony. Next morning, Carol calls Sach and apologizes, asking to see him again. At breakfast, Slip says that they now have enough money for Mrs. Kelly but suggests that Sach try some of the other casinos to win something for their "reclining" years. Because a picture of Sach and a story about his luck appears in the morning newspaper, though, they realize that no other casino will let him gamble and decide to go home after a night out on the town. When Carol meets Sach at one of the clubs that night, she convinces him to sneak off with her. When Slip, Butch and Chuck later go looking for Sach, they find a recording device that Tony has planted in his room and assume that Sach has been kidnapped.
While they call the police to report Sach's disappearance, Carol takes Sach to her "penthouse" apartment. Unknown to the naïve Sach, Tony, Sam and Oggy trick him into believing he is riding the elevator to the twenty-first floor, when, in fact, they never leave the first floor. Once inside Carol's apartment, she makes a play for him until Tony, who she says is her husband, angrily bursts through the door. Tony then scuffles with Sach and leaps out the open window, making Sach think that he is responsible for Tony's death. Now Oggy, who accompanied Tony, pretends to call the police to a report a murder, but Sach rushes out of the room, gets into the elevator and exits after what he thinks is 21 floors.
Outside, he sees Tony's "body" on the ground then hides in a nearby car, not knowing that it is a police car. When Sach hears a radio report that the police are looking for him, he mistakenly believes that they want him for the murder of Carol's husband. He then makes his way back to his own hotel room and hides in the closet when he hears his three friends come in. Overhearing Slip talk to the police using the words "murder" and "conviction," Sach, still convinced that that he is a fugitive, faints. While unconscious, he dreams that the hotel floor manager is a judge who sentences Sach, Slip, Butch and Chuck to execution in the electric chair. As Sach starts to scream in his sleep, the boys overhear him and open the door. After Slip and Sach exchange stories, Slip guesses that the "murder" was a setup and goes to find a lawyer.
After he leaves, Carol and Oggy arrive and suggest to Sach that they could make a deal if he tells them what his system is. Although they do not believe him when he says he does not have one, they leave when he offers them his suitcase full of money. Moments later, Slip returns and when Sach explains what happened to the money, Slip reveals that the police have confirmed that there has been no murder. To get Sach's money back, the boys all go to Carol's apartment, which they learn is on the first floor, and search the premises. As they are searching the bedroom, Oggy and his cohorts arrive with the suitacse.
A fight ensues after Sach sees Tony and realizes that he did not kill anyone. Soon all three thugs are knocked out, as is Sach, who awakens and accidentally turns on a fan that blows all of the money out of Carol's window. When he tries to unplug the fan, Sach gets another electric shock that makes him lose his ability to visualize numbers. Back at their hotel, the disheartened Sach and Slip are cheered by a call from Mrs. Kelly, who has come to look after them, but wind up in a fight when Sach incorrectly guesses her room number.
Fighting Trouble - September 1956 61 minutes - Directed by George Blair
The first film with Duke (Stanley Clements).
Featuring: Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Stanley Clements as Stanislaus 'Duke' Covelske; Adele Jergens as Mae Randle; Queenie Smith as Miss Kate Kelly; Thomas Browne Henry as
Frankie Arbo (as Thomas B. Henry); Tim Ryan as Ray Vance; Joe Downing as Handsome Hal Lomax (as Joseph Downing); Laurie Mitchell as Dolly Tate; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon)
Sach and Duke attempt to photograph notorious gangster Frankie Arbo for the New York Morning Blade and they succeed. But Sach exposes the negative. They continue to try and get the picture by infiltrating the gangsters gang.
Mrs. Kelly encourages Sach in his pursuit of becoming an artistic photographer and inventor of unusual cameras. When fellow boarder Danny comes home after his boss fires him for being in the stockroom when $200 was stolen from the store cash register, Sach and their pal, Stanislaus "Duke" Coveleskie, go to newspaper editor Ray Vance, hoping to win the money in the paper's photography contest. The contest has been over for six months, but because Vance is desperate to get a photograph of notorious mobster Frankie Arbo, and his own photographer is injured, he hires Sach and agrees to give him a $200 advance.
The boys take a hotel room across the street from Arbo's and spy on him and his girl friend, Mae Randall, but their attempts to get an incriminating picture are foiled by Sach's bumbling. After talking things over with Danny and their friend Chuck Anderson, Duke hatches a plan for an undercover operation. Disguised as a goatee-wearing French decorator, Sach goes to Mae's apartment and says the management has hired him. While Mae is trying to decide upon a color scheme, Sach suggests asking her boyfriend for advice, and a few minutes later, Frankie comes to the apartment, accompanied by cohort Chips Conroy. While Frankie tells Mae that he and Chips are working on a big deal, Sach quickly takes a flash photograph, after which the enraged Frankie and Chips go after him and Duke.
With the aid of a sliding-door closet, the boys narrowly escape, then go to Vance, who is being pressured by his boss to get an incriminating photo of Frankie. Vance is delighted that Sach and Duke have pictures, but when Sach accidentally exposes the role of film, Vance throws them out of the office. Back at the boardinghouse, Sach is perfecting a new camera concealed inside a high-flame lighter when Danny and Chuck, who, on Duke's instructions, were following Frankie, report that he has gone to the Hula Hut, a Westchester nightclub he now owns. Because Danny's boss has refused to rehire him, despite Danny's giving him Sach's $200, Danny has taken a job as a waiter at the Hula Hut. Sometime later, Danny is clearing dishes in Frankie's office when he overhears Frankie's conversation with Chicago gangster Vic Savigne.
Danny learns that gangster Handsome Hal Lomax is coming to New York that afternoon and that neither Frankie nor Chips knows what he looks like. After Duke obtains a photograph of Hal, he and Sach pick Hal up at the airport and take him back to the boardinghouse. They enlist Mrs. Kelly to pretend she runs the boardinghouse as a hideout for local gangsters and use a radio set up by Chuck to broadcast phony news reports that Hal has been seen nearby. After observing Hal's pronounced tics and hypochondria, Sach tells him he must stay in the boardinghouse to elude the police, then secretly calls Vance to tell him they are working on a big scoop and will have lots of pictures for him. Pretending to be Hal, and accompanied by Duke, Sach goes to the Hula Hut to meet Frankie.
Despite his exaggerated impersonation, Sach convinces Frankie that he is Hal and takes photographs of him, Chips and their cohorts with his camera lighter. Now Frankie reveals that he has a large supply of excellent quality counterfeit twenty dollar bills that he will sell to them for twenty percent of face value. As Sach is examining the phony bills, Vic calls from Chicago and asks to speak with Hal. The nervous Sach pretends to have a cold, so Vic does not recognize that he is not the real Hal and warns him that Hal's jealous ex-girl friend, Dolly Tate, has left for New York. Meanwhile, at the boardinghouse, the real Hal leaves his room to make a phone call and sees Chuck as he is broadcasting another phony news report. Hal pulls a gun on Chuck, but flees the boardinghouse when Mrs. Kelly confronts him with an old shotgun that accidentally discharges At the Hula Hut, Frankie is becoming suspicious of Sach when he fails to recognize counterfeiter Otto Brock, whom he had previously said he knew.
At that moment, the real Hal comes to the club and demands that Mae let him in to see Frankie. Frankie determines to find out who the imposter is just as Dolly arrives at the club. Learning what is going on from Frankie, Dolly says that she will point out the real Hal, but inside the office, while Hal pleads with her to identify him, she throws her arms about Sach. As Frankie's cohorts start to drag the real Hal away, Sach asks Dolly if he may take her picture for his album. Her amazement at his lighter camera attracts Frankie's attention, after which he and the others chase after Duke and Sach. The boys hide in the counterfeiting room and close its secret panels. Each time the gangsters open the panels, Sach pelts them with a coconut catapulted from Brock's printing press. Soon the police arrive, having been alerted by Danny.
After the police take away the gangsters and their girl friends, Danny, Vance and Chuck find Sach and Duke behind the panels. Despite the fact that Sach has hit him in the head with a coconut, Vance is overjoyed to learn that Sach has gotten the incriminating photographs. However, when Sach accidentally exposes the film, Vance and Duke grab machetes from a wall decoration and chase after him. The next day, Duke and Sach are working at their new jobs for Vance, selling newspapers outside the building.
Hot Shots - December 1956 61 minutes - Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Featuring: Huntz Hall as Horace DeBussy 'Sach' Jones; Stanley Clements as Stanislaus 'Duke' Coveleskie; Joi Lansing as Connie Forbes; Philip Phillips as Joey Munroe (as Phil Phillips); David Gorcey as
Chuck (as David Condon); Jimmy Murphy as Myron aka Butch; Queenie Smith as Mrs. Kate Kelly; Robert Shayne as Pierre M. Morley; Mark Dana as George Slater; Henry Rowland as Karl; Isabel Randolph as Mrs. Taylor
Sach and Duke acquaint themselves with television executives after an 8 year old Joey Monroe, the TV star steals the boys car. Sach and Duke are hired to baby sit the star and find out that the star's uncle is stealing money.
When Sach and Duke find a feisty little boy trying to steal their old jalopy, they take him to the boardinghouse where they live. Mrs. Kelly is immediately sympathetic to the boy, who claims to be an abused orphan whose parents died in a blizzard. Mrs. Kelly, a devoted follower of a popular television serial, remarks that there was a similar story recently on the show, then proceeds to make the boy a hot meal. Although Duke is skeptical of the boy's story, he, Sach and friends Chuck and Myron use the money from Sach's piggybank to buy the boy some fresh clothes. Meanwhile, at the Consolidated Television Network, executive P. M. Morley has placed a call to police captain Wells to inform him that child star Joey Munroe is missing.
A short time later, the little boy insults Mrs. Kelly's cooking and scoffs at the new suit Sach bought. Just then, two policemen arrive at the door looking for Joey. The boy acknowledges that he is Joey, but says that he was kidnapped by Sach and the others. At the police station, when a concerned P. M. and Joey's uncle, George Slater, arrive to take him home, Joey relates a dramatic tale of his "kidnapping." When P. M. recognizes it as the plot of next week's script, Joey confesses that he ran away because he never has any fun or time off. P. M. then apologizes to the boys and Mrs. Kelly, but Sach and Duke threaten to sue and loudly criticize him and Slater for not letting Joey be a normal boy. P. M. agrees that they have been wrong and invites Sach and Duke to the station to see the new show. The next day, Joey has a tantrum about the new script and refuses to perform until Sach and Duke look at it and enthusiastically say that his fans will love it. P. M. is impressed with the influence Sach and Joey have with Joey and offers them jobs as the company's 34th and 35th vice-presidents in charge of inter-relational activities.
They readily accept and soon are enjoying a large office and the charms of their voluptuous blonde secretary, Connie Forbes, who is Slater's girl friend. Joey, who is happy to have two friends and looks forward to going fishing with them at the end of the television season, is crestfallen when his greedy uncle announces that they have just signed a new contract to extend the show through the summer. Some time later, Slater, Connie and their cohort Karl try to think of a way to curtail Sach and Duke's influence over Joey. Because P. M. likes Sach and Duke, Karl suggests that they invite the boys to a party at the home of the show's sponsor, soap tycoon B. L. Taylor, where they will assuredly make fools of themselves and force P. M. to fire them.
Even though Sach's uncouth ways and unintended insults to the Taylors cause problems at the party, B. L. finds his honesty refreshing. His admiration for Sach eventually wanes, though, when Sach cracks a raw egg on B. L.'s head while trying to duplicate a magic trick set up by Connie. The next day, P. M. is distraught that B. L. will not talk to him and tells Slater that he has no choice but to fire Sach and Duke. After they are fired, Duke privately admits to Sach that P. M. was right about their being a bad influence on Joey, who might grow up to be a "mug" like them if they stayed. That same day, when Slater lashes out at Joey for reading a comic book instead of his new script, Joey refuses to go on with the show and threatens to tell everyone that B. L.'s soap is terrible.
After Joey storms off to his room, Slater tells Connie that if the show is cancelled an accounting will reveal that he embezzled $80,000. Slater suggests that if Joey disappeared for real, P. M. would pay anything to get him back, after which Karl says that he has friends who could arrange something. Unknown to them, Joey has packed his things and slipped down the fire escape to head for Mrs. Kelly's boardinghouse. Although it is very late, Sach is up having a snack and is happy to see Joey, who says he wants to stay with him. In the kitchen, as Sach is getting something for Joey to eat, some pots and pans fall, awakening everyone else in the house.
Concerned that this time the police will think that they had kidnapped Joey, Duke pretends to be tough and tells the boy that he and Sach were only friendly toward him to get their jobs. Sach reluctantly agrees and telephones Slater to tell him that Joey is at the boardinghouse. A short time later, Karl arrives to take Joey home, but when Sach sadly looks through the window at the departing boy, he sees two thugs force Joey into a car. Sach and Duke then go to Slater's house to see if Joey is there and tell the others to call the police if they are not back within an hour. Sach and Duke eventually are found by Karl, Slater and Connie, who then tie them up and put then into Joey's closet.
With $100,000 in ransom money promised by a worried P. M., Connie suggests that they take the money and head for Mexico, but first they have to go to the warehouse where Joey is being held. After they leave, Myron and Chuck arrive and untie Sach and Duke. They then follow Karl, Connie and Slater to the warehouse. At the warehouse, with Joey's help, Sach and Duke best the henchmen in a fight, and the police arrest Slater and the others. Some time later, as Joey, Duke and Sach happily prepare for a fishing trip they are taking with Joey, P. M. announces he has been appointed Joey's guardian. Joey gives him a hug and thanks him for finding a summer replacement for his show. P. M. then introduces Sach and Duke to his little cowboy star Annie, who shows them that her six-guns are loaded¿with water.
Hold That Hypnotist - February 1957 61 minutes - Directed by Austen Jewell
Featuring: Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Stanley Clements as Stanislaus 'Duke' Coveleskie; Jane Nigh as Cleo Daniels; Robert Foulk as Dr. Simon Noble; James Flavin as Jake Morgan;
Queenie Smith as Kate Kelly; David Gorcey as Chuck (as David Condon); Jimmy Murphy as Myron; Murray Alper as Gale; Dick Elliott as Hotel Desk Clerk; Mel Welles as Blackbeard
The boys want to expose hypnotist Dr. Noble as a quack. He has already taken Mrs. Kelly’s money. Sach is hypnotized and learns in his past life that he hid a treasure.
Duke is concerned when he and Sach discover that Mrs. Kelly, who has been reading a book about reincarnation, has made an appointment with the book's author, Dr. Simon Noble, to be hypnotized and "regressed" in order to find her former selves. Duke is aware of Noble's background in quack medicine and advises Mrs. Kelly to save her money, but she insists on keeping the appointment. Duke decides that he, Sach, Chuck and Myron will expose Noble before Mrs. Kelly hands over her cash, and when he finds out that Noble and his business partner, Jake Morgan, are hosting a press reception, the boys crash the event.
Meanwhile, Noble and Morgan want to get rid of Noble's voluptuous, scatterbrained "secretary," Cleo Daniels, because she knows that the subject in Noble's book was paid by the doctor to say what he told her about her previous lives. Duke challenges Noble to regress him in front of the reporters and although the doctor fails to regress Duke, Sach falls into a hypnotic trance after staring at one of Cleo's earrings that Noble is using to hypnotize Duke. Sach tells them that he is Algy Winkle and, in a flashback, he enters a 1682, Charleston, South Carolina inn to collect taxes. Algy confronts notorious pirate Blackbeard and insists that he pay taxes on all his loot.
Impressed by Algy's naïve gall, Blackbeard challenges him to a self-devised game of chance and wagers a map showing where his treasure is buried against Algy's tax receipts for the day. Although Algy has never played the game, he wins and a fight breaks out. Back in the present, Sach wakes up before he can tell Noble if he found the treasure. Duke and the boys, impressed by the apparent veracity of Sach's experience, go to a library and research Algy Winkle's life. They discover that Algy was on his way to claim Blackbeard's treasure when he was drowned in a storm at sea. Duke believes that Sach can be hypnotized into remembering the map's details, so they return to Noble and offer him a share of the treasure, if it can be recovered. They soon discover, however, that the hypnosis does not work without Cleo's earring.
As Morgan has paid off Cleo, the boys go looking for her and find her working as a swimsuit model in Jersey City. Cleo is willing to hand over her earrings, but insists upon a share of any treasure. When Noble finally regresses Sach, he goes back too far in time and Sach finds himself as Marc Antony, addressing the citizens of Ancient Rome. Algy eventually emerges and states that he memorized the map and gives explicit directions to a cave in Hudson's Cove. Noble and Morgan then pull out revolvers and state that they intend to claim the treasure for themselves. Leaving the still-hypnotized Sach with a gun and instructions to stop the others from following, Noble and Morgan leave.
While the crooks attempt to locate the cave in greatly changed terrain, Cleo frees Sach from his trance by kissing him. When the boys arrive near the cave in their old jalopy, Sach finds an old magazine among the car's tools and suddenly realizes that his subconscious has created the entire Blackbeard episode as a result of his having read about the pirate in the magazine. An enraged Duke chases after Sach, who hides in a cave where he discovers a chest filled with jewelry. Noble and Morgan attempt to stop them from leaving, but the boys thwart them and leave with the jewels. Later, as the boys are hosting a celebratory party at Mrs. Kelly's, a police detective arrives to inform them that the "treasure" they found was actually stolen from a jewelry store six years earlier, and hidden by the robbers before they were arrested. Although the boys have to return all the jewelry, Sach still receives an exciting kiss from Cleo.
Spook Chasers - June 1957 62 minutes - Directed by George Blair
Featuring: Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Stanley Clements as Stanislaus 'Duke' Coveleskie; Darlene Fields as Dolly Owens; David Gorcey as Chuck; Jimmy Murphy as Myron; Eddie LeRoy as Blinky; Percy Helton as Mike Clancy; Peter Mamakos as Snap Sizzolo; Ben Welden as Ziggie; Robert Shayne as Police Lt. Harris; William Henry as Harry Shelby (as Bill Henry); Robert Christopher as Ernie; Pierre Watkin as Dr. Moss; Audrey Conti as 1st Doll; Anne Fleming as
The boys go with cafe owner Mike Clancey to a mountain house that he bought to help him rest his nerves. Sach discovers a fortune hidden away. Gangsters want their money back.
Cafe owner Mike Clancy is told by his doctor that he needs to take a rest in the country because his asthma is not improving and he is overworked. The doctor's suggestion that Mike buy a place in the mountains is overheard by crooked real estate agent Harry Shelby and his assistant-girlfriend Dolly Owens, who see the opportunity to unload a derelict farmhouse owned by a gangster's widow. Mike is persuaded to buy the place, sight unseen, and is horrified when he and the Boys drive there and discover that the property is in an extremely dilapidated condition. Although the Boys claim that they can fix the place up, Mike phones Shelby to demand his money back, but Dolly answers and lies that Shelby is out of town.
While cleaning up the place, Sach causes major electrical and plumbing disasters when he attempts to fix a leaky faucet. Angered by Sach's blunders, Duke chases him, causing him to collide with a wall. After the collision dislodges a pile of cash from its hiding place, the Boys search the rest of the house for more bills, but find none. When Mike, Duke and Sach visit Shelby's office to pay off the balance of the purchase price of the house, Shelby wonders where they suddenly found all the cash. After they leave, Snap, Ziggie and Ernie, three friends of the late gangster, who claim to represent his widow, arrive and tell Shelby they will deliver the money to her. Realizing that the money may be part of the proceeds from a robbery in which they all participated, Snap tells Shelby to offer to buy back the property from Mike at twice the original price.
Soon after, the Boys are at the café discussing how to invest the cash when Shelby comes to make his offer. After Mike refuses all of Shelby's offers, Shelby mentions that the house is rumored to be haunted and reminds Mike of his delicate state of health, causing Duke to suspect that Shelby knows something about the hidden bills. Hoping to persuade Sach to reveal why the house is in such demand, Shelby asks Dolly to romance him. While the Boys are preparing to leave for the house, Dolly invites Sach to her apartment and after she gets him tipsy, he tells her about the money.
After Duke manages to locate Sach, they and the others head for the house, arriving during a thunder and lightning storm. Sach and Blinky share a room, but are soon disturbed by two "ghosts," who also tie up and gag Chuck and Myron. Meanwhile, Snap and his sidekicks enter the house and search for the cash, which they believe rightfully belongs to them. While Sach is trying to flee from one of the ghosts, he accidentally discovers a revolving wall with a shelf containing several bags of money. When Snap and his friends try to relieve Sach of the cash, he tricks them and knocks Snap's gun out of his hand, causing it to fire. The shot alerts Duke, Mike and Blinky who then overpower the gangsters.
As two ghosts enter and demand the money at gunpoint, a police lieutenant and three officers, who have been following Snap, arrive and arrest them. The lieutenant removes the ghosts' hoods, revealing Shelby and Dolly. Later, the Boys think Sach is playing a joke on them by dressing as one of the ghosts, until Sach suddenly shows up as the ghost disappears through a wall. At a party to celebrate the recovery of the cash, stolen in an armored car robbery, Sach poses for photographs with two attractive young women and claims to be the bravest man in the world until Duke dons one of the ghost outfits and terrifies him.
Looking For Danger - October 1957 62 minutes - Directed by Austen Jewell
Featuring: Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Stanley Clements as Stanislaus 'Duke' Coveleskie; Lili Kardell as Shareen aka The Hawk; David Gorcey as Chuck; Jimmy Murphy as Myron; Richard Avonde as Col. Ahmed Tabari; Eddie LeRoy as Blinky; Otto Reichow as Wolff; Michael Granger as Sultan Sidi-Omar; Peter Mamakos as Hassan; Dick Elliott as Mike Clancy; Joan Bradshaw as
Zarida; George Khoury as Mustapha; Henry Rowland as Sgt. Wetzel; Harry Strang as Sgt. Watson
Duke tells an officer of the War Department how he lost a pot during World War II. Disguised as Nazi officers, the boys battle the Nazis.
After a series of café robberies, Mike Clancy, is concerned that he might be next, so Sach rigs his cash register to set off a string of booby traps. One day, Lester Bradfield, an official from the U.S. War Dept., visits the café to demand the return of an aluminum cooking pot issued to Duke when he served on a mess detail in North Africa during World War II. Duke claims to have lost the pot during the war, but Bradfield insists upon proof, so Duke launches into a long story about his adventures in the battle against Rommel's forces: Duke and Sach and their Bowery companions, Chuck, Myron and Blinky, are all serving in the same unit and, when their sergeant is asked to supply two soldiers for what may be a suicide mission, he is only too happy to nominate Duke and Sach.
Their mission is to impersonate German soldiers to infiltrate enemy territory and deliver a message to a supposedly friendly sultan whose country is occupied by the Germans. Posing as Hauptman Otto von Schnabel and his orderly Schultz, Sach and Duke are also ordered to contact an undercover agent known only as "The Hawk" and are given one half of a ring as identification and told that The Hawk will identify himself by presenting the other half. Sach and Duke reach the palace of Sultan Sidi-Omar and seek an audience with him. The sultan and his aide, Hassan, quickly realize that Sach and Duke are Americans and Sach hands over the letter stating that the U.S. Army intends to liberate the country, but needs information about German troop placements.
Unknown to Sach and Duke, the sultan is a double agent in league with the Nazis and turns the message over to German officer Wolff. The sultan invites Sach and Duke to stay and relax, and while they are being entertained by several dancing girls, one of the dancers, Shareen, recognizes Sach's ring and slips him a message to meet her that night. The sultan gives Sach a letter to take back to the American high command, which is, in fact, a trick to lure the army into a trap. When Sach meets Shareen, she shows him the other half of the ring, tells him that she is The Hawk and arranges to provide him with a substitute message for the U.S. forces. Later, when Shareen takes Sach and Duke to meet resistance leader Col. Ahmed Tabari, Wolff follows them.
After Shareen leaves to gather more details about the location of a panzer division, Sach and Duke are about to use Ahmed's secret radio to send a message regarding the sultan's defection and trap, when they are arrested by Wolff. While Sach, Duke and Ahmed are interrogated about their activities, the Germans transmit a false message in the boys' name to the U.S. base. After Hassan announces that Shareen has also been arrested, Sach and Duke learn that they are to be executed. A few hours before their execution, however, they are rescued by Chuck, Myron and Blinky, who are posing as German officers and are the advance guard of the invading U.S. force.
They then manage to free Ahmed and Shareen, who leave to warn the U.S. troops of the potential ambush. Sach and the others overpower the sultan and the German officers in the palace and, thanks in part to their efforts, Rommel is defeated eventually. By the time Duke finishes his account, Bradfield is exhausted and still has not found out what happened to the pot. Duke is about to continue with the saga, but Bradfield and the boys have had enough. Sach offers to pay Bradfield the $4.38 Duke owes for the pot and he gratefully accepts. When Sach attempts to take the cash from the register, however, he triggers several booby traps including one involving the missing pot, which has been used in the café as a plant holder and it falls on Bradfield's head, knocking him out.
Up In Smoke - December 1957 - 61 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Stanley Clements as Stanislaus 'Duke' Coveleskie; David Gorcey as Chuck; Eddie LeRoy as Blinky; Dick Elliott as Mike; Judy Bamber as Mabel; Byron Foulger as Satan; Ralph Sanford as Sam; Ric Roman as Tony; Joe Devlin as Al; Fritz Feld as Dr. Bluzak; Benny Rubin as Bernie; James Flavin as Policeman; Earle Hodgins as Friendly Frank; John Mitchum as Desk Sergeant
Sach sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for horse racing tips. The gangsters want the tips.
The Boys have been collecting money to help a young polio victim in the neighborhood. At Mike Clancy's café, Sach is entrusted with taking the ninety dollars they collected to the bank. Sam, a new customer of Mike's, offers to give Sach a ride to the bank but takes him instead to a phony bookie joint where, unaware that the operation is not legitimate, he loses all the money to con men Tony and Al. After Duke berates him for losing the cash, Sach tells Blinky that he would give his very soul to get even with the bookies.
Seconds after Blinky leaves, Sach receives a visit from the devil, sporting a morning coat and two small horns under his hat. The devil offers Sach a deal: he will provide Sach with the name of a winning horse every day for a week in return for Sach's soul. Although scared, Sach ultimately agrees and, after signing the devil's contract, is provided with his winner of the day. When Sach returns to Tony and Al to make a bet, they ask him for cash. Sach then decides to sell a jalopy belonging to the boys and takes it to a used car dealer, unaware that Duke has just sold the car to a patrol officer. The dealer virtually tears the car apart to reduce its value and offers Sach a dime for it, just as the policeman finds and arrests him. The devil visits Sach in jail and gives him the name of another winning horse.
When Sach's horse wins, Tony and Al wonder if he might have inside information. With Mike's help, Duke and the others bail Sach out and the next day, the devil reappears in the form of an organ grinder's monkey with another tip. After the boys discover Sach chatting with the monkey, they arrange for him to visit a psychiatrist, but Sach only confuses the doctor, who ends up asking him for tips on winning horses. With twenty dollars borrowed from Mike, Sach returns to the phony bookie joint to bet on the newest horse the devil gave him, and Tony and Al decide to lay legitimate bets on the same horse. At the last moment, however, Sach is persuaded by a tout to bet on a different horse and everybody loses. Tony and Al are mystified by Sach's inside information and persuade Mabel, Tony's girl friend, to take a waitress job at Mike's to keep tabs on Sach and to find out the source of his tips.
On the last day of their agreement, the devil gives Sach a hundred dollar bill and tells him to go to the racetrack and await word on the winning horse's name. Sach and Duke go to the track, accompanied by Mabel, and are followed by Tony, Al and Sam. Just after Sach receives the horse's name, "Rubber Check," from the devil, disguised as a soft drinks salesman, Chuck arrives with the news that the Polio Fund has agreed to pay for the boy's treatment. Sach then realizes that they now do not need the money and he can cancel the devil's contract. Duke, however, insists on betting on Rubber Check and Mabel tips off Tony and the others. Sach talks with the devil and attempts to break the contract, but the devil refuses and points out that if the horse wins, Sach's soul is his. Sach then convinces Duke to help him to disable Rubber Check's jockey after which Sach takes his place in the race, but is unable to stop the horse from winning.
Just after Sach explains the full dimensions of his problem to Duke, the devil reappears to claim him, but is thwarted by an official track announcement that Rubber Check is disqualified as he had an unauthorized jockey, thereby nullifying the devil's contract with Sach and causing Tony and his gang to lose all their money. Back in the Bowery, Sach is surprised to find the disenfranchised devil working as a busboy at Mike's. After the devil tells him that he can regain his "horns" by securing new clients, Sach directs him towards the bookies
In The Money - February 1958 - 61 minutes - Directed by William Beaudine
Featuring: Huntz Hall as Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones; Stanley Clements as Stanislaus 'Duke' Coveleskie; Patricia Donahue as Babs DeWitt; Paul Cavanagh Paul Cavanagh as Inspector Herbert Saunders; David Gorcey as Chuck; Eddie LeRoy as Blinky; Leonard Penn as Don Clarke; John Dodsworth as Blake Cummings
Sach and the Boys are hired to cross the Atlantic as the escort of a pedigree poodle. Unbeknownst to the boys, the poodle is carrying a fortune in gems and is pursued by Scotland yard and gangsters.
Delivery boy Sach meets wealthy sophisticate Don Clark while making a delivery at a travel agency and is surprised when Clark sets up a meeting with him later that day. At the meeting, Clark introduces Sach to his partners British Drake Cummings and sexy blonde Babs, then offers Sach $2,800 in advance if he will accept the job of escorting Gloria, a valuable standard poodle, to London. When Sach is incredulous, Clark explains that he and the others fears dognappers might kidnap the prize-winning Gloria.
Unknown to Sach, Clark and the others are members of a diamond ring that plans to use a false piece of fur on the dog to transport their latest shipment. Delirious over the vast sum of money, Sach accepts the job. When Sach tells his friends Duke, Chuck and Blinky about the unusual offer, they mistake Gloria for a gold-digging woman. Determined to protect their friend, Duke and the others arrange to stow away onboard Sach's cruise liner. Meanwhile, Clark, Cummings and Babs order Sach to ignore them during the cruise and never to let Gloria out of his sight. Upon arriving at the boat, Clark and the others are disconcerted to find Scotland Yard Inspector Saunders there. Saunders is onboard to keep tabs on Clark and his gang, whom Scotland Yard has long suspected are behind the diamond smuggling.
When Sach sees Duke and the boys he leaves Gloria with Saunders in order to greet his friends. Later, when Babs scolds Sach for deserting his charge, Duke and the boys intervene, believing that Babs is the gold-digging Gloria. The crossing is uneventful, but as the ship nears London, Duke convinces Sach to turn over Gloria to Clark as soon as possible so they can enjoy their vacation. Against orders, Sach takes Gloria to Clark's cabin where he interrupts an interrogation by Saunders. To allay Sach's suspicions, Clark makes him understand that Saunders is a notorious dognapper. Fond of Gloria, Sach spirits her away, agreeing to meet the gang in a London hotel after they dock. When the boys settle into their hotel room, Sach worries about Gloria's lethargy and decides to take her to a local veterinarian, Dr. Rufus Smedley, who recommends an x-ray.
While Sach and the boys wait for the results, Sach sees Saunders and his partner, Inspector White, watching the building, and believing they intend to abduct Gloria, flees before Smedley's return. When Smedley realizes Sach has fled, he steps outside to look for them and meets Saunders who questions him. Smedley tells the inspector that the x-ray revealed a large stash of diamonds and jewels packed into Gloria's fur. Convinced that Sach is the crime ring mastermind, Saunders and White pursue him. At the hotel, when Sach leaves the room to phone Scotland Yard to report Saunders, Gloria wanders out. When Clark and Cummings come to claim Gloria, Sach realizes with horror, that the dog has vanished. After Saunders and White arrive, Sach and the boys knock them out and tie them up, then call the police for assistance.
When the police arrive and the boys realize their error, they flee in fright, running to separate floors to continue their search for Gloria. Saunders chases Sach into a guest's room, where he mistakes her large poodle for Gloria. Sach escapes out the window onto the building ledge and climbs into another room. Sach rejoins Duke, Chuck and Blinky in the hall where they find a trail of diamonds leading them to Gloria just as Saunders arrives to arrest them. Clark and his gang then surround the group and at gun point, demand the diamonds. When Duke kicks Clark's gun away, Sach catches it and turns it over the Saunders. After the arrest of Clark's gang, Scotland Yard honors Sach and the boys for smashing the smuggling ring and Sach shares Gloria's prize of a bone.
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Huntz Hall appeared in the most series films.
Surprisingly, it's David Gorcey, not his brother Leo, who comes in second in series' appearances.
Bernard Punsley went on to become a doctor after leaving the series.
Louie's Sweet Shop was located at 3rd Street & Bowery.
Rosemary LaPlanche (Angels' Alley) was crowned Miss America in 1941.
Fans of the 1950s "The Adventures of Superman" should be on the lookout for John "Perry White" Hamilton, Phyllis "Lois Lane" Coates, Robert "Inspector Henderson" Shayne and Ben Weldon (various gangsters) in the Bowery Boys series.
Billy Halop had a recuring role as Bert Munson the cab driver on the TV series All In The Family. He also had bit parts in many other series throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's, including a few bits on Perry Mason.
William 'Billy' Benedict also appeared in several episodes of All In The Family as the Bunker's neighbor Jimmy McNabb
Huntz Hall made numerous TV appearances from the 1960s through the 1990s.
Gabe Dell also made many TV appearances from the 1950s through the 1980s.
Huntz Hall appears on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album by the Beatles. Leo Gorcey was to appear but he demanded $500 and consequently was dropped.
Sunshine Sammy Morrison was one of the original "Our Gang" child actors.
East Side Kid Hally Chester went on to become a movie producer.
Bela Lugosi, his career already on the skids, appeared in two East Side Kids features, Spooks Run Wild and Ghosts On The Loose.
Charlita (Let's Go Navy) appeared with Bela Lugosi in "Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla"
3 Stooges fans should be on the lookout for Shemp Howard in three of the Little Tough Guys films, Give Us Wings, Hit The Road and Keep 'Em Slugging.
Amanda Blake (High Society) went on to portray saloon owner Miss Kitty in the long-running Gunsmoke series.
All together, there were 85 films and 3 serials. 7 were Dead End Kids, 12 Little Tough Guys (including the 3 serials), 21 East Side Kids and 48 Bowery Boys. It would take about five days of continuous viewing to see every film and serial!
1941 saw the most films released: seven. Three were Little Tough Guys and four were East Side Kids. 1942 and 1943 came in second with six. 1939, 1940 and 1946 each had five.
Counting the 3 serials, there were 9 films made in the 30's, 47 made in the 40's, 32 in the 50's.
Auteur film producer/director/actor, Ray Dennis Steckler, filmed a parody of the Boys, The Lemon Grove Kids.
Four different studios produced films in the series: United Artists, Warner Brothers, Universal and Monogram (AKA Allied Artists).
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Bowery Boys Set #1
Live Wires, In Fast Company, Bowery Bombshell, News Hounds, Fighting Fools, Hold That Baby!, Master Minds, Blonde Dynamite, Lucky Losers, Blues Busters, Crazy Over Horses, No Holds Barred
Bowery Boys Set #2
Spook Busters, Hard Boiled Mahoney, Bowery Buckaroos, Smuggler's Cove. Ghost Chasers, Let's Go Navy!, Hold That Line, Loose In London, Clipped Wings, Private Eyes, The Bowery Boys Meet The Monsters, High Society
Bowery Boys Set #3
Angel's Alley, Jinx Money, Angels In Disguise, Feudin' Fools, Jalopy, Paris Playboys, Dig That Uranium, Crashing Las Vegas, Hot Shots, Spook Chasers, Looking For Danger, Up In Smoke
Bowery Boys Set #4
Mr. Hex, Trouble Makers, Triple Trouble, Bowery Battalion, Here Come The Marines, Jungle Gents, Bowery To Bagdad, Spy Chasers, Jail Busters, Fighting Trouble, Hold That Hypnotist, In The Money
East Side Kids
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Films Include: Clancy Street Boys, Boys of the City, 'Neath the Brooklyn Bridge, Kid Dynamite,
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Ghosts on the Loose, Spooks Run Wild, That Gang of Mine & East Side Kids
Plus the Dead End Kids in They Made Me A Criminal
Plus the Little Tough Guys film Little Tough Guy
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East Side Kids: 10 Bowery Classics
Ghosts on the Loose & Spooks Run Wild
Boys Of The City (1940)
That Gang Of Mine (1940)
East Side Kids (1940)
Pride Of The Bowery (1941)
Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)
Flying Wild (1941)
Spooks Run Wild (1941)
Featuring Bela Lugosi
Mr. Wise Guy (1942)
Let's Get Tough (1942)
Smart Alecks (1942)
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942)
Clancy Street Boys (1943)
Kid Dynamite (1943)
Ghosts On The Loose (1943)
Featuring Bela Lugosi
Million Dollar Kid (1944)
Dead End Kids
Dead End (1937)
With Humphrey Bogart
Crime School (1938)
With Humphrey Bogart
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
With James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart & Pat O'Brien
Hell's Kitchen/On Dress Parade (1939)
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They Made Me A Criminal (1939)
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Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
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Little Tough Guys
Little Tough Guy (1938)
Sea Raiders Serial Vols. 1&2 (1941)
Junior G-Man of the Air Serial Vols. 1&2 (1942)
Hollywood's Made-to-Order Punks: The Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys
by Richard Roat (Author), Mendi Koenig (Foreword), Brandy Gorcey-Ziesemer (Foreword)
Meet and become friends with many of the actors from the Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys!
Since he began collecting Movie Memorabilia on the Dead End Kids in 1964, author Richard Roat has had the great fortune to develop personal relationships with David Gorcey, Stanley Clements, Gabe Dell, Bernard Punsly, Huntz Hall, Billy Benedict, Frankie Thomas, Eddie Le Roy, Brandy Gorcey (daughter of Leo Gorcey), Gary Hall (son of Huntz Hall), and Leo Gorcey Jr. (son of Leo Gorcey).
This book draws upon those acquaintances and his talking with Billy Halop, Bennie Bartlett, Johnny Duncan, Ward Wood, Dick Chandlee, Eugene Francis, Harris Berger, Charles Peck, Ronald Sinclair, and more! Lavished with many photos from the films from the author's personal collection, this is one book you'll need to have in your collection, tough guy!
From Broadway to the Bowery
by Leonard Getz (Author), Leo Gorcey Jr. (Foreword)
A History & Filmography of the Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and Bowery Boys Films
In 1935 Sidney Kingsley's play about streetwise urban kids, Dead End, opened on Broadway featuring 14 adolescent actors. For two years on Broadway and then on tour, Kingsley's play delivered its social commentary contrasting affluent neighborhoods and tenement slums on New York City's East River. The film industry picked up the story and in 1937 released Dead End which spawned 23 more years of films and serials featuring the Dead End Kids and their offshoots, Little Tough Guys, East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys.
This chronicle follows the street kids through the many assorted incarnations, shifting casts and studios. First the reader is introduced to how the original play and film came about. A cast list and analysis of each production follows. For the major players, the author provides a biography and filmography, and several of these entries include a tribute from a friend or family member. Brief biographical profiles are given for other actors. Sketches of the "Dead End" revivals of 1978 and 2005 follow.
Beyond Dead End: The Solo Careers of the Dead End Kids
by Joseph Fusco
No one exemplifies the angst of the Depression era street kid more than The Dead End Kids. They were the stars of Sidney Kingsley's 1935 play, Dead End and reprised their roles in Samuel Goldwyn's 1937 Hollywood film version. The movie defined the theme of slum dramas for the juvenile rebellion films of subsequent decades. The Dead End Kids were Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell and Bernard Punsly.
The best of their films were the gangster movies where the boys collided with the likes of Humphrey Bogart in Dead End and Crime School , James Cagney in Angels with Dirty Faces and John Garfield in They Made Me a Criminal. They bandied about light weights like Ronald Reagan in lackluster efforts like Hell's Kitchen and Angels Wash Their Faces before being reformed by a military academy in On Dress Parade.
Their original reign was short lived, not because they ran out of steam but because they had to be toned down because of public criticism. It didn't matter because The Dead End Kids mutated into several splinter groups that starred in various configurations of the original members for the next quarter century, carving out a unique niche in motion picture history. One of the uncharted tributaries of this history is the solo careers of the actors who played the Dead End Kids.
There were careers of mixed blessings after the initial stardom and each member faced and dealt with the typecasting dilemma in different ways and various degrees of success. There was plenty of heartbreak and disappointment along a way that started with Dead End in 1935 and ended with Dr. Bernard Punsly's death in 2004. Beyond Dead End: The Solo Careers of The Dead End Kids chronicles a saga of mixed blessings where each member faced and dealt with the typecasting dilemma in different ways and various degrees of success.
Films Of The Bowery Boys
Hardcover - Paperback
by David Hayes & Brent Walker
Detailed information on all the films. Filled with 100's of photos, it accurately describes every film in every series. Also included is much interesting information about the stars of the series and the making of the films.
An Original Dead End Kid Presents: Dead End Yells, Wedding Bells, Cockle Shells and Dizzy Spells
Leo Gorcey's autobiography
VERY RARE ORIGINAL EDITION!
Me and the Dead End Kid
Hardcover - Paperback
by Leo Gorcey Jr.
Leo Gorcey, The Hollywood Legend - Leo Gorcey, Jr., His Happy Ending: The son of a Hollywood legend takes you on a humorous and heartfelt journey of survival, strength, forgiveness, and hope.
The Lemon Grove Kids (DVD)
Ray Dennis Steckler's parody of the Bowery Boys
The Bowery Boys - The Real Story Past & Present
VHS video documentary of the series and its stars.
He Ran All the Way: The Life of John Garfield
by Robert Nott & Julie Garfield
John Garfield appeared in the Dead End Kids film
"They Made Me A Criminal".
The Immortal Count: The Life and Films of Bela Lugosi
by Arthur Lennig
Bela Lugosi appeared in 2 Eastside Kids films.
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