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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 ...
Dan Farrow
Gene Reynolds ...
Tony Ponessa
Edward Norris ...
Joe Marsh
Addison Richards ...
The Judge
Minor Watson ...
The Bishop
Jonathan Hale ...
John Hargraves
Bobs Watson ...
Martin Spellman ...
Skinny
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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Trivia

Actor Don Barry was spotted at a UCLA game with a Texas All-Star team. Mickey Rooney attended the game with John Wayne. Even though his team lost 21-14, Barry impressed the two actors who offered to open doors for him if he wanted a film career. Rooney got him a job on "Boys' Town," but Barry kept blowing the scene with Tracy he had been assigned and was replaced. See more »

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Whitey lowers his baton twice when he steps up to make his election speech. See more »

Quotes

Tony Ponessa: If you're a Catholic or a Protestant, you can go right on being one.
Whitey Marsh: Well, I'm nothin'.
Tony Ponessa: Then, you can go right on being nothin', and nobody cares.
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Referenced in Triple Cross (1966) See more »

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A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played by the Boys Town Band
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Worth watching over and over.
18 November 2003 | by (Spokane, Washington) – See all my reviews

Very touching story about a man who knows the right thing to do and is selfless in giving the boys a chance at life with no regard to how it might affect his own life. I think that viewing this should be manditory for some of the people who have lost touch of what matters most in this life and it's not money.


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