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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 ...
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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BOYS' TOWN IS Real! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Biography | Drama

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9 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Boys' Town  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Freddie Bartholomew was considered for the part of Mickey Rooney's best friend, but was not cast because the producers felt he was too associated with Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) and so would not be believable in this film. 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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My Mammy
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Title Sung a cappella by Mickey Rooney
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Makes you think long and hard about what is important
26 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"No race that does not take care of its young can hope to survive—or deserves to survive." -Father Flanagan I've seen this movie several times and each time it leaves me humbled. All too often we are caught up in the gotta haves of today without realizing what the true gotta haves are. And that is children who are loved and nurtured. Father Flanagan performed a wonderful service during his 62 years on earth and we should be grateful for that self sacrifice. Thanks to Father Flanagan, the world is a better place and children are cared for in the way that they deserve. Because without well adjusted children, how can we expect to be surrounded by well adjusted adults? Bottom line, this movie will make you think and perhaps re evaluate what is truly important in life.


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