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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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Hal E. Chester ...
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Knuckles Dolan (as David O'Brien)
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Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy)
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Donald Haines ...
Peewee
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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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(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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When the judge realizes the mob is trying to kill him, he decides to flee to his country home. When his bodyguard is told this, the bodyguard tries to call his mother to tell her he will be out of town. The judge stops the bodyguard by telling him the phones may be tapped and the mob will then know where the judge is. Later, when they arrive at his country home, the judge is upset that there are no lights on and that his housekeeper doesn't answer the door. He tells the others, "Where could she be? I called and told her we were coming." See more »

Quotes

Skinny: [following Agnes upstairs] Feel just like Snow White.
Skinny: [to Danny] If she gives ya an apple, don't eat it.
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Followed by Block Busters (1944) See more »

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An excellent, seldom-seen film
20 July 1999 | by 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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