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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patience Ryan
Walter Kingsford ...
Colonel Smith
Spike the Butcher


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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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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1.37 : 1
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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 »


[To Tom, the leader of the Little Tough Guys]
Molly Ryan: You've got a swell chance to steer your mob right. Don't muff it!
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The Dead End Kids Meet the "Crybaby" Bobs Watson
22 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

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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