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Hit the Road (1941)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 27 June 1941 (USA)
Kids look to get revenge when their fathers are all killed in a mob war.

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James J. Ryan
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Tom
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Ape
Bobs Watson ...
Pesky
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Patience Ryan
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Paul Revere Smith
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Dingbat
Walter Kingsford ...
Colonel Smith
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Cathy Crookshank
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Spike the Butcher
John Harmon ...
Creeper
Charles R. Moore ...
Martin
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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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gang | stranger | school | revenge | reform | See All (49) »

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THE TOUGHIES CAN'T TAKE THE TENDER TREATMENT! The mob gets adopted...by a dame! See more »


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27 June 1941 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The last picture in which the boys were billed as he 'Dead End Kids.' Subsequently they were the 'East Side Kids' and ultimately the 'Bowery Boys.' See more »

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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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Followed by Tough As They Come (1942) See more »

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The Dead End Kids Universal serials were better than the Universal features...they didn't preach.

Here, they (Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell and Bernard Punsley) are all inmates of a reform school, along with little "Pesky" (Bobs Watson), who was there to be cute and cry a lot, and dang if they all aren't 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), former gang moll.

Ryan (now reformed) is trying to raise $50,000 to build a trade school to help unfortunate boys. But Tom (Billy Halop)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 raises a stink when he learns who Spike the Butcher really is, but Spike locks Tom and the others in a basement and goes off to kill Valentine/Ryan and steal the trade-school money.

Sorry, but we can't tell the two or three souls who haven't seen this film and can't figure out what happens next just what does happen next, although the remaining vast majority who haven't seen this film could still write the finish.


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