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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 life story of a boy who was "born to be hung"! See more »

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Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, who died almost ten years after this movie was released, was the first person ever to live to see somebody win an Oscar for portraying him. See more »

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Pee Wee is hit by a car. Whitey rushes to see whether he is injured. You'd expect the car driver to come and see as well, but the driver has disappeared. 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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A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Music by Theo. A. Metz
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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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