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 »
In this sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), newly married Kay Dunstan announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby, leaving her father having to come to grips with the fact that he will soon be a granddad.
Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there. He runs away but, hungry, returns. He runs away again but, when friend Pee ... See full summary »
Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »
Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree ... See full summary »
Former seaman Clinton Jones now works at a lowly job. His daughter Ruth wants to become an actress. Clinton gets fired and Ruth rejects the advances of Fred Whitmarsh. Her father gives her ... See full summary »
Cattle baron Matt Devereaux raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water, then divides his property among his sons. Son Joe takes responsibility for the raid and gets three years in ... See full summary »
Arnold Boult is determined to make his son a success at all costs. He commits arson, causes two suicides, and bribes people. His wife, unable to leave him, becomes alcoholic and dies. His ... See full summary »
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
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Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) has his hands full with huge debts that threaten to close the doors of Boys Town, plus more troubled boys to save such as a crippled boy convicted of manslaughter! Also the Father's prize pupil Whitey (Mickey Rooney) goes to live with a foster family and gets into trouble, thanks to a pint-sized tough guy (Darryl Hickman).
Good sequel to Boys Town reunites Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney, as well as a few of the kid actors who were in the last film. Henry Hull's part is recast with, of all people, Lee J. Cobb in one of his first significant roles. Rooney's star had risen since 1938 and in many ways he was more of the star of this one than Tracy was. Darryl Hickman is so cute as the little hoodlum Flip. He really steals the movie. A little long and the plot's kind of scattered but it's enjoyable and pleasant with lots of tear-jerking moments.
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