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Boy of the Streets (1937)

 -  Drama  -  8 December 1937 (USA)
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Cocky young street kid worships his father, a sleazy political operative.



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Cast overview:
Chuck Brennan
Maureen O'Connor ...
Kathleen Burke ...
Julie Stone
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Police Officer Rourke
Marjorie Main ...
Mrs. Mary Brennan
Matty Fain ...
Blackie Davis
George Cleveland ...
Tim 'Flannel-Mouth' Farley
Bill Elliott ...
Dr. Allan (as Gordon Elliott)
Guy Usher ...
Fog Horn Brennan aka Foggy
Paul White ...
Spike, Gang Member


Cocky young street kid worships his father, a sleazy political operative.

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8 December 1937 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Music by Norman Ellis
Lyrics by Charles Kenny and Nick Kenny
Sung by Maureen O'Connor at the audition
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Jackie Cooper Leaves a Dead End Job
20 September 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

It's Halloween in an Irish New York City slum. Sixteen-year-old hoodlum Jackie Cooper (as Chuck Brennan) and his gang get in trouble for making some prank telephone calls. Home from the police station, Mr. Cooper worries mother Marjorie Main (as Mary), who feels her son will grow up like boozy good-for-nothing father Guy Usher. The family's poor tenement is enchanted by young Maureen O'Connor (as Nora) singing "Did Your Mother Come from Ireland?"

Sadly, Ms. O'Connor's tubercular mother is taken to a sanitarium. When not scuffling with rival gang members, Cooper and his pals help O'Connor get a singing gig, but the moralistic "Children's Aid Society" interferes...

Cooper left MGM and the peroxide to continue his teenage career elsewhere. Monogram Pictures was a poorer studio, but Cooper gives this social consciousness drama a richer performance than anyone expected; he received good notices and won a "National Board of Review" award. "Boy of the Streets" obviously rides on the coattails of the recently released "Dead End" (with Ms. Main) but plays ahead of its curve by including Paul White (as Spike), a relatively admirable ethnic gang member.

******* Boy of the Streets (12/8/37) William Nigh ~ Jackie Cooper, Maureen O'Connor, Marjorie Main, Paul White

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