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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
Pretty much what you'd expect from the East Side Kids
This film is pretty much what you'd expect from an East Side Kids film--nothing more nothing less. As usual, Leo Gorcey plays a VERY pugnacious fellow and Bobby Jordan is the more thoughtful and philosophical member of the gang. And, since this film is before the group morphed into the Bowery Boys (with the ever so subtle Huntz Hall taking up the slack after Bobby Jordan left), you know that the quality of the production is pretty good--perhaps not as good as when they were the Dead End Kids with Warner Brothers, but that's another story...
The film begins with Gorcey being convinced to go to a 'training camp' to get ready for a career in boxing. What he doesn't know is that it's actually a Civilian Service Corps camp and they are there to work hard for government wages. This was one of many such public works programs created by Roosevelt's New Deal administration--and this is one of the very few films I've seen that even mentions it.
Unfortately, Gorcey acts EXACTLY like the sort of hard-headed mug he usually played and as a result makes a nuisance of himself at first. Later, however, he shows a depth of character that really impresses the camp's commandant as well as his daughter. Will Gorcey live up to their new expectations or show himself to be just a punch-happy palooka? Tune in and see for yourself.
This is solid and entertaining though without such a strong message as the Dead End Kids dramas. It's a pretty good B-movie--one that features decent acting and a likable, though predictable, script.
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