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Young America (1932)

Already in trouble with the law, Arthur and his friend Nutty break into a drugstore to get medicine for Nutty's grandmother. The druggist's wife, Mrs. Doray, asks for custody. When he hears... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jack Doray
Judge Blake
Tommy Conlon ...
Arthur Simpson (as Tom Conlon)
Raymond Borzage ...
Edward 'Nutty' Beamish
Beryl Mercer ...
Grandma Beamish
Mrs. Mary Taylor
Robert Homans ...
Patrolman Weems
Mabel Saunders (as Dawn O'Day)


Already in trouble with the law, Arthur and his friend Nutty break into a drugstore to get medicine for Nutty's grandmother. The druggist's wife, Mrs. Doray, asks for custody. When he hears them arguing over him, Arthur runs away. When he returns Mr. Doray is being held up by bandits at the drugstore. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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17 April 1932 (USA)  »

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Almas da Rua  »

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1.37 : 1
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Judge Blake: Washington Lincoln Jackson?
Washington Lincoln Jackson: Yes, sir.
Judge Blake: Have you ever been here before?
Washington Lincoln Jackson: No sir. And I wouldn't be here now 'lessin' I was forced to come.
Judge Blake: I suppose you know why Officer Weems arrested you.
Washington Lincoln Jackson: Yessir. Because I was the smallest kid he could catch.
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Moral Tale
13 February 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Young America (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Uneven but entertaining drama has teen Arthur (Tommy Conlon) being accused of being the worst kid in town. Trying to help a friend's grandmother, he breaks into a store to steal some medicine but is caught. In court the judge (Ralph Bellamy) is about to send him to a juvenile jail but the store owner (Spencer Tracy) and his wife (Doris Kenyon) end up taking the kid home. The store owner is against it but the wife believes a good home can change a bad kid. This is a fast paced and entertaining little film even though the subject matter brings up some rather false notes as well as being too heavy at times. The biggest fault I had with the movie is that it tries to argue that bad kids can be good if they have a loving family and a nice place to live yet the main guy here, Arthur, isn't ever shown as a bad kid. He gets in trouble two separate times but both times he does so for the good of another person. Since he's doing good deeds it's hard for the film to argue about what bad kids need. With that said, the movie still works due in large part to some very good performances. Tracy gets top-billing but he's basically just here in a supporting role. He offers up another fine performance as he has no trouble playing the jerk who wants to see the young kid thrown in jail. Kenyon is equally good as the woman who wants to change the kid. Conlon never had much of a career, which is somewhat a surprise since his performance is better than many other child stars of his time. The director's son plays Arthur's best friend and does a nice job as well. Ralph Bellamy gets third viewing but this is pretty much his film as a judge who tries to understand troubled kids. The caring nature of the character is really brought out by Bellamy who sadly has been forgotten as an actor, which is a shame because he was one of the best character actors out there.

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