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East Side Kids (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  10 February 1940 (USA)
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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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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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10 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heróis do Bairro  »

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| (2005 DVD release)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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David Durand is credited in casting call lists and the AFI Catalogue as "Dutch," 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, although his name does appear in the screen cast. See more »

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The first was the best of the series
5 June 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

Officer Pat "Leon Ames" starts a junior police club to get the youth off the streets. Pat believes from experience that "idle hands leads to trouble" so he finds donors that give equipment for the youth to "hang out." Knuckles is now on death row for killing a cop but Pat believes he is innocent. So Pat recruits knuckle's brother Danny who is the leader of the east side kids to find the real killer. Counterfeiters somehow fit into the killing of the cop. An engrossing tale of this officer and the gang battling for the truth. Film is highlighted at the end by a chase to the death, but for whom?

When you hear East Side Kids you think of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall but this was made before their appearances and definitely is a better film. Kids that look the right age, good acting and a good plot make this film a worthwhile film to watch. An exceptional performance by Leon Ames.


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