Tommy (Billy Halop), "Pig (Huntz Hall)," "String(Gabriel Dell)," and "Ape (Bernard Punsly)" are all inmates of a reform school, along with little "Pesky" (Bobs Watson),and they are orphan sons of deceased members of the Valentine Gang which was wiped out by Spike the Butcher (edward Pawley') and his gang a few years earlier. The only survivor of the Valentine gang was Valentine and he was sent to prison. Later the boys are paroled to the custody of a man using the name of James J. Ryan (Barton MacLane), but Ryan is really Valentine, who has served his sentence, and is living quietly on a stock ranch with his wife Mary Ryan (Gladys George). Ryan (now reformed) is trying to raise $50,000 to build a trade school to help unfortunate boys. But Tom isn't all reformed yet and meets up with a stranger who enlists him in a conspiracy to steal the money. The stranger turns out to be none other than Spike the Butcher, the man responsible for killing Tom's and the other four boy's fathers. Tom ... Written by
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[Assistant D.A. Paul Revere Smith finally meets his girlfriend's father, who was just released from prison]
Paul Revere Smith:
I've been marking my day's off the calendar.
James J. Ryan:
Yeah, I've been doin' the same myself.
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After unsuccessfully trying to break out of reform school, juvenile guttersnipes Billy Halop (as "Tom"), Huntz Hall (as "Pig"), Gabriel Dell (as "String"), and Bernard Punsly (as "Ape") receive a reprieve when mob boss gone legit Barton MacLane (as James J. Ryan) agrees to serve as their guardian. Mr. MacLane would like to make amends, since "The Dead End Kids" became orphans on his watch. So, the "sons of old employees" go to live on the now apparently very wealthy MacLane's estate. There, they come under the care of his understanding wife, Gladys George (as Molly). Ms. George turns out to have a street-wise background.
Sensing Mr. Halop is the "Dead End" kid leader, George tries some straight talk with him. But, Halop and the lads aren't ready to reform. They become involved with the mobsters responsible for killing their fathers. Halop realizes he's been had, and tries to retrieve some stolen money (which was set to start a school for wayward boys), with his pals' help. Joining the "Dead End/Little Tough Guy" group for a go-round is pre-teen crybaby Bobs Watson (as "Pesky"), from the "Boys Town" movies. Missing is Bobby Jordan, who joined Leo Gorcey and "The East Side Kids" (though Mr. Jordan would be lured back for one last Universal Picture).
**** Hit the Road (6/27/41) Joe May ~ Billy Halop, Bobs Watson, Gladys George, Barton MacLane
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