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Director:
Writers:
John Meehan (screenplay) and
Dore Schary (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
9 September 1938 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
BOYS' TOWN IS Real! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »
Plot:
Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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There is no such thing as a bad boy - Father Flanegan See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Father Flanagan

Mickey Rooney ... Whitey Marsh

Henry Hull ... Dave Morris

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 ... Pee Wee

Martin Spellman ... Skinny

Mickey Rentschler ... Tommy Anderson

Frankie Thomas ... Freddie Fuller
Jimmy Butler ... Paul Ferguson
Sidney Miller ... Mo Kahn

Robert Emmett Keane ... Burton
Victor Kilian ... The Sheriff (as Victor Killian)
Boys Town Acapella Choir ... The Choir (voice) (as Boys Town A Cappella Choir)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Arthur Aylesworth ... Tim (uncredited)

King Baggot ... Derelict in Mission Next to Weasel (uncredited)

Barbara Bedford ... Catholic Nun (uncredited)

James Blaine ... Court Officer (uncredited)

Stanley Blystone ... Guard (uncredited)
Edwin Brian ... Boy (uncredited)
Everett Brown ... Darky (uncredited)

Orville Caldwell ... Warden (uncredited)
Bennie Chorre ... Young Thunder (uncredited)
Richard Clucas ... Boy (uncredited)

Roger Converse ... Lane - Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)

George Cooper ... Tramp (uncredited)
Nell Craig ... Catholic Nun (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Catholic Nun (uncredited)
Calvin Ellison ... Boy (uncredited)
Wesley Giraud ... Butch (uncredited)
Robert Gleckler ... Mr. Reynolds (uncredited)
Donald Haines ... Alabama (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Warden (uncredited)
Murray Harris ... Hillbilly (uncredited)
Billy Hazard ... Newsboy (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Train Guard (uncredited)
Al Hill Jr. ... Apples (uncredited)

Al Hill ... Rod (uncredited)
Donald Hull ... Newsboy (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Calateri (uncredited)

Gladden James ... Doctor (uncredited)
Raymond Kelly ... Boy (uncredited)
Don Latorre ... Boy (uncredited)
Arthur Marks ... Boy (uncredited)
Billy McCullough ... Boy (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Catholic Nun (uncredited)
Jackie Morrow ... Boy (uncredited)
Paul Nichols ... Boy (uncredited)
Ray Nichols ... Boy (uncredited)

Tommy Noonan ... Red (uncredited)

Jay Novello ... Gangster (uncredited)
Ronald Paige ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Henry Rackin ... (uncredited)
Charles Ramos ... Mex (uncredited)

Kane Richmond ... Jackson - Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Kent Rogers ... Tailor (uncredited)
Nelson Scott ... Commissioner (uncredited)
Jimmy Sommerville ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Bobby Stone ... Boy Mopping Floor (uncredited)
Chuck Stubbs ... Slats - in Prologue (uncredited)
A.W. Sweatt ... Jackie - in Prologue (uncredited)

Phillip Terry ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Johnny Walsh ... Charley Haines (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Sonny Boy Williams ... Boy on Bannister (uncredited)

Robert Winkler ... Boy (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Governor (uncredited)

John Wray ... Weasel (uncredited)
Walter Young ... Judge (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Taurog 
 
Writing credits
John Meehan (screenplay) and
Dore Schary (screenplay)

Dore Schary (original story) and
Eleanore Griffin (original story)

Jack Mintz  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
John W. Considine Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Wagner (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Elmo Veron 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joe Cooke .... unit manager (uncredited)
Jay Marchant .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Urie McCleary .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Clarence J. Falk .... greens supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Slavko Vorkapich .... montage effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... musical arranger
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Howard Dietz .... press representative (uncredited)
Orville O. Dull .... production associate (uncredited)
Edward Flanagan .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Boys' Town" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
96 min | 93 min (DVD version) | West Germany:107 min
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Language:
Color:
Black And White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #4528) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Boys Town organization hoped that the success of the movie would increase the amount of donations. In fact, the amount of donor money sharply decreased because many donors thought that the organization had made a huge profit due to the movie's success.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Father Edward J. Flanagan:I know that a mother can take a whip to the toughest boy in the world, and he forgets it because he knows that she loves him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Just Like Heaven (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless ChildSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
There is no such thing as a bad boy - Father Flanegan, 8 June 2004
Author: thursdays from Cleveland, Ohio

The "true story" of Father Flanagan, an Catholic Priest in early 1900's Nebraska, whose motto "There is no such thing as a bad boy" lead him to open a large orphanage for boys nobody wanted. With love and the insistance that there is always hope, the man "gets through" to even the toughest kids anyone else would have called "hopeless".

Spencer Tracy won his second consecutive Best Actor Oscar as the long suffering Flannegan. Mickey Rooney is great as Flannegan's "toughest challenge", and many of the orphans give genuine performances in this Hollywood Classic. The movie "Boys Town" was a major boost to the real-life orphanage, eventually catapulting it to a successful multi-million dollar organization, helping boys (and girls) throughout the US!

"Boy's Town" gives hope to all of the "orphans" among us. Whether without parents, or from unhappy homes. There are always caring individuals whose life goal it is to "leave no child behind". Where there is life, there is hope!*****

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