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Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  1 August 1941 (USA)
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While a cop steers a kid street-fighter away from being a public nuisance, a petty hoodlum leads a studious kid into a life of crime.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Huntz Hall ...
Limpy
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Clancy (as Key Luke)
Warren Hull ...
Tom Brady
Charlotte Henry ...
Mary Breslin
Bobby Stone ...
Monk Martin
Donald Haines ...
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
David Gorcey ...
Martha Wentworth ...
Mrs. Brady
Jack Mulhall ...
Officer Sherrill
Eddie Foster ...
Slats Morrison
Dennis Moore ...
Dorgan
Tony Carson ...
Dutch
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Storyline

East Side Kids: Fighters Danny Breslin and Muggs McGinnis, once boyhood chums, have drifted apart. Policeman Tom Brady - because his own former friend fell into a life of crime and got the electric chair - takes rough and tumble Muggs under his wing to turn the lad's life around, but Danny, brother of Mary Breslin (whom Tom plans to marry), is also at risk. Everyone believes studious Danny is on his way to being president someday, but while Tom's focus goes toward putting Muggs on the straight and narrow, ambitious petty criminal Monk Martin's been working slyly on steering Danny into a life of crime. Adding a little complication, racketeers get involved, trying to set up a fixed fight with Muggs. Written by statmanjeff

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1 August 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pandilla en guerra  »

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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 »

Quotes

Limpy: Don't fight any cops, Muggs. I t'ink dey got the law on their side.
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Followed by Smart Alecks (1942) See more »

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Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
(1854)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung a cappella by Huntz Hall with modified lyrics
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Simple pre-war fun and light drama that moves along well.
28 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this lightweight pre-war drama/comedy.

In those days I guess life was simple. Tough Irish kids had golden hearts if you could just get them a mentor in the police department. Fighting showed character. There were good guys and bad guys. Loyalties ran strong. Not much a good right/left combo would not solve.

But, you know, this movie was fun. It all fell together. There were moments of drama. There was some humor. Muggsy, the anti-hero turned hero was a likable kid. The lines were snappy. The exposition brisk.

So, hey, watch this movie with your young kids. See the gang at the pool hall. Learn about bad guys trying to fix fights. Learn about loyalties to the family, to the gang, and to the police force. See Muggsy take on all comers, from the college-bound kid, to the police, to organized crime, to the reform school.


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