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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
Inna Gest ...
Louise Mason
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Knuckles Dolan (as David O'Brien)
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy)
Minerva Urecal ...
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

Giles: You'd like for something to happen to Louise, wouldn't you? With Louise out of the way, your slow embezzling of her fortune would never be found out.
Judge Parker: And with me out of the way you could get ahold of her and her money.
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The East Side Boys in the Country!
10 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The East Side boys like Mugs Malone played by Leo Gorcey and Bobby Jordan and his pals get to leave the city for a time in the country. They end up at a Gothic, haunted mansion where the housekeeper is my favorite character. She blames somebody for the death of her beloved mistress well the former lady of the house. I love the comment she makes about the cook which is "I liked the cook." The gang try to help a pretty damsel in distress who is caught up with some shady characters including a judge and others. It's the East Side Boys to her rescue and the house in Westchester's Briarcliff Manor. The pretty young lady is an heiress. Anyway, the East Side Boys was to escape during the 1940s time period when the country was coming off of the Great Depression and going into World War II. This film isn't great but it's entertaining even now.


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