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Boys of the City (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller | 15 July 1940 (USA)
Street kids get sent to the country, where they get mixed up in murder and a haunted house.

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Bobby Jordan ...
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Hal E. Chester ...
Buster (as Hally Chester)
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Skinny
Vince Barnett ...
Simp
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Louise Mason
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Knuckles Dolan (as David O'Brien)
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy)
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Agnes
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Giles
Donald Haines ...
David Gorcey ...
Pete
Eugene Francis ...
Algy Wilkes
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Judge Malcolm Parker
Stephen Chase ...
Jim Harrison (as Alden Chase)
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It's been two weeks of unrelenting New York City summer heat. Sooner or later the boys are apt to get into mischief, so Knuckles takes the load of 'em to Algy's father's camp in the mountains. The trip gets sidetracked when they cross paths with Judge Parker' party on the road. The Judge, hiding from the mob, is desperately heading to his mountain manor when he runs the boys' vehicle off the road, nearly disabling it right before his own car conks out. With only the boys' car barely able to travel, they all wind up at the judge's manor where ghostly sightings, spooky organ music, death threats and a creepy housekeeper await them. Judge Parker is the very judge who once nearly put Knuckles on death row for murder. When the judge turns up dead, Knuckles is in trouble again, with little brother Danny and the gang ready to help him out. Written by statmanjeff

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The Story Of Men In The Making By Just Plain American Boys!


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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Early in the film when the boys are driving at night in a station wagon up the mountains to a lodge, they turn a corner on a dirt road in the forest. Speeding close behind them is the judge's car which also turns the same corner, overtaking them and forcing them off the road. The judge's car continues on about 30 yards and is seen going around the same corner both cars had already passed. When the camera returns to the boy's station wagon, they come back onto the road and, even though it is supposedly the same road, this time there is no corner, the road is straight and trees are only on one side of the road. See more »

Quotes

Algy: Where's Knuckles? Isn't he is gonna to eat?
Danny: He's takin' a bath.
Muggs: That kid's gonna get sick from washin' himself so much.
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Followed by Kid Dynamite (1943) See more »

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Funny, creepy & worth your time!
18 October 2003 | by (San Pablo, CA) – See all my reviews

The cigar scene at the country estate is worth it all! Full of belly laughs! Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison is at his classic comedic best. Frankie Burke, the young Cagney look-alike from "Angels with dirty faces" has a role as one of the boys and does a fine job...you'll notice he can move like cagney, as well as look, act and sound like him when you see him jumping over that sofa in the guest room! Many sight-gags and tongue-in-cheek humor in this film. The shame is its lack-luster title and description. This is one you have to see. One warning, however...there are racial overtones. But you must remember, this *was* 1940 and Mr. Morrison handles them with his precise, exceptional talent. All in all, this is a must-see film for classic buffs. For anyone looking for clean fun!


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