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Men of Boys Town (1941)

Passed  -  Drama  -  11 April 1941 (USA)
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Mr. and Mrs. Maitland invite Whitey to their home on a trial basis. Whitey tries to visit a friend in reform school and inmate Flip is hiding in car as Whitey leaves. Flip steals money and ... See full summary »

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Bobs Watson ...
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Flip
Henry O'Neill ...
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Mrs. Maitland
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Sidney Miller ...
Mo Kahn
Addison Richards ...
The Judge
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Roger Gorton
George Lessey ...
Bradford Stone
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Burton
Arthur Hohl ...
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Ben Welden ...
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Mr. and Mrs. Maitland invite Whitey to their home on a trial basis. Whitey tries to visit a friend in reform school and inmate Flip is hiding in car as Whitey leaves. Flip steals money and both boys go to reform school. Father Flanagan exposes the conditions in the school and the boys are released to him. Ted's dog is killed but Ted can walk. The Maitlands work to pay off the debts threatening Boys Town. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Flip Brier: They must feed you canary seed you're so yellow.
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Written by Daniel Butterfield
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Played on a bugle by Bobs Watson and by the boys' band and Sung by the St. Luke's Choristers at Beau Hunk's burial
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Are you MAN enough?
25 December 2010 | by (Whiting, Indiana) – See all my reviews

Yes...man enough to risk breaking down in tears and crying like a baby at the aftermath of Bo Hunk's demise? When Ted Maitland...that poor kid who suffers so much pain and heartbreak...finally summons the strength to pull himself together and (literally) stand on his own, with Herbert Stothart's background music sounding as if the Heavens have opened and angel voices are cascading down from above (he actually quotes the carol "Angels We Have Heard on High" at this point).... I thought I'd never recover from this scene, which must be among the most heart wrenching in all cinema.

Of course, bear in mind that it's the Louis B. Mayer/MGM special brand of heartstring tugging, which many people regard as hopelessly old-fashioned and manipulative. But so what? That's what audiences of the day knew, living through the desperation and darkness of the Depression, where young children who were orphaned or abandoned often faced the cruelty of the world by themselves, where a saint-like character such as Father Flanagan represented both spiritual and physical salvation. "Men of Boy's Town" is certainly as maudlin and sentimental a film as you are likely to encounter, but it serves as a testament to the time in which it was made....and as such remains a valuable social document, both in terms of its subject matter and the way in which audiences of the day reacted to it.

That being said, the Darrell Hickman character---the pint-sized hood "Flip"---seems about as exaggerated and far from reality as can be imagined, but then again, what do I know? I wasn't alive back then; maybe such characters actually existed. (And yes, the "SLO-MO" comedy act that the boys perform to cheer up Ted in his hospital room goes on AT LEAST 3 times as long as it should have).

Still, first-rate performances all around.

It's a pity that this film is practically un-noticeable as a bonus on the same DVD along with "Boy's Town", so little attention is it given; I at first thought it was a short documentary or something of that sort; but no, it is a full-length, and very substantial sequel to the fine original film.


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