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East Side Kids (1940)

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A young street kid grows up and becomes a cop when he realizes that crime doesn't pay. One of his childhood friends is in prison for a murder he didn't commit, and the cop looks for ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pat O'Day
Dennis Moore ...
Milton Franklin 'Mileaway' Harris
Joyce Bryant ...
Molly Dolan
Hal E. Chester ...
Fred 'Dutch' Kuhn (as Hally Chester)
Harris Berger ...
Danny Dolan
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Skinny
Vince Barnett ...
Whisper
Dave O'Brien ...
Ted Adams ...
Schmidt (as Richard Adams)
Maxine Leslie ...
May
Robert Fiske ...
Cornwall - aka Robert Morrison
Jack Edwards ...
Algernon 'Mouse' Wilkes
Jim Farley ...
Police Captain Moran (as James Farley)
Stephen Chase ...
Joe - Detective (as Alden Chase)
Fred Hoose ...
Mr. Wilkes
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Storyline

A young street kid grows up and becomes a cop when he realizes that crime doesn't pay. One of his childhood friends is in prison for a murder he didn't commit, and the cop looks for evidence to free him. Meanwhile, the prisoner's brother gets mixed up with a gang of counterfeiters, and inadvertently discovers the evidence that can set his brother free, if he can only get someone to believe him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"TONIGHT MY BROTHER DIES IN THE CHAIR. TOMORROW I START PAYING 'EM BACK!" (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Release Date:

10 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heróis do Bairro  »

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Runtime:

| (2005 DVD release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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David Durand is in casting call lists as "Butch," the role played by Hal E. Chester, who was listed as "Buster," a character not in the film. Durand was not seen in the film at all. See more »

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Neo Monogram realism
1 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This gloriously no budget Monogram 'masterpiece' is a surprisingly effective z grade street-gang drama that benefits inadvertently from its genuine cheapness. The acting boys are all in their mid teens and have screen presence originally seen in the stage show of the late 30s. This was the first in a series of films for Monogram that became The Bowery Boys with Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall. In all honesty, this is the better cast and as played as a little tough guys melodrama allows for real audience interest. I expected this to be terrible in both acting and production, but like the neo realist Italian pix of the immediate post war, this has the same look and grimy realism simply by being cheap and genuinely poor. As a result, with strong lead acting by Leon Ames (Father in "Meet Me In St Louis") EAST SIDE KIDS becomes a teen crime pic with good looking and interesting youth actors, strong support adults and a fantastic genuineness in its crummy look. The music is awful though, the one part marring what is actually one of Monogram's best teen films...whether they meant it or not.


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