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
[to Danny, after catching sight of Elaine]
Wait a minute, son. Got a little business to do out here.
Wait a minute. You know women and fightin' don't mix.
Who says anything about fightin' wit' her?
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Bobby Jordan (as Danny) thinks Leo Gorcey (as Muggs) could be a champion boxer, so he tricks "The East Side Kids" leader into signing up with a training camp for young boxers. At first, Mr. Gorcey is disgruntled - but, eventually, he works out, with young Mr. Jordan as his trainer. Bowery mates Donald Haines (as Skinny) and David Gorcey (as Peewee) cheer leader Gorcey in his match with handsome Kenneth Howell (as Alan). When Gorcey tries to help out fellow camper Bobby Stone (as Willie), he is falsely accused of stealing. To clear his pal, Jordan comes out swinging Good change of pace setting and direction, by Joseph H. Lewis.
***** Pride of the Bowery (12/15/40) Joseph H. Lewis ~ Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Kenneth Howell, Bobby Stone
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