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17 January 1931 (USA) See more »
Mickey overhears the gang rehearsing a play and thinks it's real. | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
Eddie Baker ... (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ... The Baby's Mother (uncredited)
Joyce Coad ... (uncredited)
Betty Mae Crane ... Introductory Titles (uncredited)
Beverly Crane ... Introductory Titles (uncredited)

Mickey Daniels ... Mickey (uncredited)
Dorothy DeBorba ... Baby-Sitter (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Mr. C. Mortimer Hickey (uncredited)
Bill Knight ... (uncredited)
Mary Kornman ... Mary (uncredited)
Bobby Mallon ... Kid at Rehearsal (uncredited)
Helen McGowan ... (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gertrude Messinger ... Gertie Daniels (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Rudy (uncredited)
Oscar Rudolph ... Impatient Actor at Rehearsal (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... Dave (uncredited)
Jay R. Smith ... Kid Tossing Water (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Alabam (uncredited)
Fletcher Tolbert ... (uncredited)
Jackie Lee Wilson ... (uncredited)
Clifton Young ... Delivery Boy on Bicycle (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
Writing credits
H.M. Walker (dialogue)

Produced by
Hal Roach .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leroy Shield (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Hap Depew (photographed by) (as Ernest Depew)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier  (as Richard Currier)
Sound Department
Elmer Raguse .... sound recordist
David Sharpe .... stunt double: (uncredited)
Other crew
Hal Roach .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Boy Friends: Blood and Thunder" - USA (series title)
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20 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Like many other Hal Roach comedies of the 1930-1931 season, this one also has spoken introductory titles by the Crane sisters.See more »
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Blah and Blunder, 8 October 2013
Author: HarlowMGM from United States

I really want to like THE BOYFRIENDS movie series. A late teenage version of OUR GANG actually seems like a good idea but these movies generally have weak acting, weak stories, and yes weak direction from the later acclaimed George Stevens. It's easy to see just why this series did not catch on and why it has languished in complete obscurity until TCM proved once again they will show anything old regardless of quality (not that that's a bad thing!) and began occasionally airing these films as filler between features in the last decade.

BLOOD AND THUNDER is one of the weaker movies in the series. Mickey Daniels' sister and the gang are practicing a play at his house after Mickey is ordered away from the house by her. He sneaks in and overhears them, thinking the gang is blackmailing his sister because she has an illegitimate child!! It's hard to determine the bigger surprise, such a blatant "pre-code" misunderstanding for a kid-friendly movie or Mickey being such an idiot to think his sister could have had a baby without him being previously aware of it. Meanwhile the borrowed baby (from a babysitter) for the play wanders off from the gang to go downstairs to Mickey and in a more stupid move (and one so irresponsible as to kill any comedy potential in the movie) Mickey sticks the baby in an open door delivery truck in the neighborhood to get rid of it, apparently to remove the "evidence" of his sister's wanton ways. Eventually Mickey learns they were only rehearsing a play and now he gets a conscience and goes to retrieve the child who in a traveling in the back of an open door delivery truck! This is not funny, this is scary! Lots of lame slapstick comedy ensues. The only funny thing about this movie is the irony when the teens badly deliver their play lines as rough, unprofessional actors which is not all that different from their standard performances in this series.

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