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Boys of the City (1940)

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Street kids get sent to the country, where they get mixed up in murder and a haunted house.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Jordan ...
Leo Gorcey ...
Hal E. Chester ...
Buster (as Hally Chester)
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Skinny
Vince Barnett ...
Simp
Inna Gest ...
Louise Mason
Dave O'Brien ...
Knuckles Dolan (as David O'Brien)
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy)
Minerva Urecal ...
Agnes
Dennis Moore ...
Giles
Donald Haines ...
David Gorcey ...
Pete
Eugene Francis ...
Algy Wilkes
Forrest Taylor ...
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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judge | murder | camp | new york city | organ | See more »

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


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15 July 1940 (USA)  »

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The Ghost Creeps  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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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

Judge Parker: Say, haven't I seen you somewhere before?
Knuckles Dolan: Yes, sir. I was on trial in your court. I'm Knuckles Dolan.
Judge Parker: Knuckles Dolan?
Knuckles Dolan: That's right. You sentenced me to death for murder. I was innocent, afterwards exonerated. Remember? I'm up here with the boys, their guardian.
Judge Parker: [to Giles] He's up here to murder me.
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Follows East Side Kids (1940) See more »

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An excellent, seldom-seen film
20 July 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ.) – See all my reviews

The beginning of this film is VERY similar to "Spooks Run Wild" (another Bowery Boys film); the boys keep getting into trouble in the city and are sent "into the country". They wind up in a "haunted house", containing secret panels, ghosts & a MURDERER!

This film is unique in that it was probably Minerva Urecal's biggest role.....she's wonderfully "creepy" in many of the scenes (and, in the very end of the film, she actually SMILES for the only time on camera!).

A seldom-seen film that is unknown, even by many Bowery Boys fans......see it if you have the chance!

Norm


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