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Pride of the Bowery (1940)

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New York City street principles get an East Side Kid in trouble at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.



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Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Kenneth Howell ...
Mary Ainslee ...
Bobby Stone ...
Donald Haines ...
David Gorcey ...
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
Kenneth Harlan ...
Nick Stuart ...
Lloyd Ingraham ...


Danny, managing boxer Muggs, books him into a Civilian Conservation Corps camp for training. Muggs' arrogant manner soon alienates him from the other boys who downright ostracize him with a camp-wide silent treatment after Muggs' public display of bad sportsmanship in a camp boxing match. One of the few boys still willing to talk to him is Willie, a cowardly and manipulative sort, who privately admits he stole $100 from the Captain's safe to send to his aunt and begs Muggs for help. In Muggs world you aid a friend in trouble, so he enters a city boxing tournament to earn replacement money for Willie. Willie, however, allows Muggs to get caught trying to replace the money. Muggs stoically takes the rap for stealing, but Danny, a true and observant friend, knows something's up and clears Muggs by capturing and beating a confession out of Willie. The Captain leaves Muggs with the lesson that ratting out a friend is sometimes the right thing to do. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

15 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Muggs Maloney: Hey, what's 'e matter wit' you?
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Muggs Maloney: Point 'im out to me and I'll moider 'im.
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Followed by Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943) See more »

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Training At The CCC
27 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This East Side Kids Drama celebrates the Civilian Conservation Corps one of the best programs of FDR's New Deal of the Thirties. In fact when I wrote the review for Wild Boys Of The Road, I mentioned that the CCC was the New Deal answer to the homeless young men of America wandering the country looking for work.

In Pride Of The Bowery Leo Gorcey is a budding prizefighter of one of lighter weight classes and Bobby Jordan is his manager. Because Gorcey needs to train and doesn't, too many distractions in the big city, Jordan tricks him and friends into signing up for the CCC where he'll get plenty of exercise in dealing with the preservation of America's wilderness.

With the usual Leo Gorcey attitude he doesn't make too many friends in the camp other than the ones he brought with him from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Later on true to the street code Gorcey gets himself jammed up when he's accused of stealing and he won't rat out the guy who did.

Pride Of The Bowery is one of the better East Side Kids features awash with sentimentality, but still entertaining after over 70 years.

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