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Men of Boys Town (1941)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 April 1941 (USA)
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 ...
Larry Nunn ...
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Flip
Henry O'Neill ...
Mr. Maitland
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Mrs. Maitland
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Sidney Miller ...
Mo Kahn
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The Judge
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Roger Gorton
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Bradford Stone
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Burton
Arthur Hohl ...
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Superintendent (as Ben Weldon)
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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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Das sind Kerle  »

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Sequel to Oscar Winning movie Com os Braços Abertos (1938) See more »

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Father Edward J. 'Eddie' Flanagan: The coddled, the weak and the doubting will fall.
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Referenced in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Played by the boys' band and sung by the St. Luke's Choristers when
Dave Morris returns
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"What brand do you smoke, sweetheart?"
19 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

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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