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Boys Town (1938)

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Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there. He runs away but, hungry, returns. He runs away again but, when friend Pee ... See full summary »

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Leslie Fenton ...
Gene Reynolds ...
Tony Ponessa
Edward Norris ...
Joe Marsh
Addison Richards ...
The Judge
Minor Watson ...
The Bishop
Jonathan Hale ...
John Hargraves
Bobs Watson ...
Martin Spellman ...
Mickey Rentschler ...
Tommy Anderson
Frankie Thomas ...
Freddie Fuller
Jimmy Butler ...
Paul Ferguson
Sidney Miller ...
Mo Kahn
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Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there. He runs away but, hungry, returns. He runs away again but, when friend Pee Wee is hit by a car, returns. He runs away and joins his brother's gang. Flanagan and the boys capture the crooks and the reward saves the town. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The greatest heart drama of the year. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Boys' Town  »

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Trivia

The day after Spencer Tracy won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this film, an MGM publicist released a statement - without consulting Tracy first - that the actor would donate his Oscar to the real Boys Town in Nebraska. Tracy agreed to make the donation if the Academy would send him a replacement Oscar. When the replacement arrived, the engraving on the award read: "Best Actor - Dick Tracy." See more »

Goofs

In the march to the tavern, Tony is to the left in all but two shots when he is to the right. See more »

Quotes

Father Edward J. Flanagan: There is no such thing as a bad boy.
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Theme Music of Boys Town
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Music Traditional, from "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes"
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Sung by the Boys Town Acapella Choir at an Assembly
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great movie
18 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

some silly acting and Mickey gets TOO emotional at times, but inspirational and a near tear jerker at times.....can serve as a model for some of the problems with our youth today....will watch it every time it comes on.....i hope you do, too...have your kids watch it every time it comes on....from beginning to end....and then sit down and have a talk with them about responsibility, dignity, truthfulness, and honesty....make a copy and every time your kid tells a lie or doesn't something dishonest, have him/her watch it again and again...its worth it....one of Mickey Rooney's best and definitely one of his best on the NONcomedy/musical side...


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