Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)

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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 overview, first billed only:
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Clancy (as Key Luke)
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Monk Martin
Donald Haines ...
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
David Gorcey ...
Martha Wentworth ...
Mrs. Brady
Officer Sherrill
Eddie Foster ...
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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 »


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Bowary Blitzfrige was a pretty good East Side Kids flick
20 June 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Leo Gorcey has a chance to redeem himself if he doesn't throw a fight. This was Huntz Hall's first time in an East Side Kids flick and he has quite a goofily amusing presence so it's not surprising that he and Leo eventually took over the series and made them actual comedies when the team became the Bowery Boys. Keye Luke-Charlie Chan's No. 1 son-plays a pool hall worker named Clancy. Charlotte Henry (L & H version of Babes in Toyland, 1933 live-action version of Alice in Wonderland) is the lady who's involved in the cop who's trying to reform Gorcey. Oh, and Pat Costello-yes, Lou's brother-has an amusing scene with Hall as a boxing trainer. I really liked this entry in the ESK series so on that note, Bowery Blitzkrieg is worth a look for fans of the people I just mentioned.

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