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Mr. Wise Guy (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 February 1942 (USA)
Mr. Wise Guy (the eighth in the East Side Kids series) finds the gang sent to the Wilton Reform School after they are unjustly convicted of stealing a truck. Bill Collins (Douglas Fowley), ... See full summary »

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Glimpy Stone
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Knobby
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Luke Manning (as Guinn Williams)
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Bill Collins
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Ann Mitchell
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Dratler
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Dorothy Melton
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Jim Barnes
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Charlie Manning
Sidney Miller ...
Charlie Horse
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Bobby Stone ...
Chalky Jones
Dick Ryan ...
Jed Miller
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Mr. Wise Guy (the eighth in the East Side Kids series) finds the gang sent to the Wilton Reform School after they are unjustly convicted of stealing a truck. Bill Collins (Douglas Fowley), brother of co-leader Danny (Bobby Jordan), becomes involved in a killing and, while also innocent, is convicted and sentenced to death. Through a series of events, Muggs (Leo Gorcey), Glimpy (Huntz Hall), Danny and the rest of the gang, learn that Knobby (Billy Gilbert), a henchman of Luke Manning (Guinn Williams), knows something about the murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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20 February 1942 (USA)  »

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Os Anjos e os Gangsters  »

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| (2005 DVD release)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis: I know what you are! You are a premeditated killer!
Knobby: I never killed nobody! I'm a bank robber!
Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis: Bank robber? Well, of course that ain't so bad.
Peewee: You gonna hang by the neck until dead!
Knobby: I don't hang around no place!
Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis: Why don't you confess and save all this confusion?
Knobby: There's no confusion... uh I mean confessing! I know my rights! I'm an American citizen!
Glimpy Stone: Did you ever vote?
Knobby: No! Who's running?
Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis: You didn't vote, you're not an American! You're a man without a country!
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Insult to Injury
15 March 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The "Eastside" kids - "Mr. Wise Guy" gang leader Leo Gorcey (as Ethelbert "Muggs" McGuiness), "left hand man" Bobby Jordan (as Daniel "Danny" Collins), "right hand man" Huntz Hall (as Glimpy Stone), "yes man" David Gorcey (as Peewee), "no man" Bill Lawrence (as Skinny), and "black-out warden" Ernest Morrison (as Scruno) - are railroaded into reform school, for stealing a truck. There, they encounter rival gang kid Gabriel Dell (as Charlie Manning) and sadistic shoe-wielding guard Dick Ryan (as Jed Miller).

Also, Mr. Jordan's supposedly reformed big brother, Douglas Fowley (as Bill Collins) is convicted of murder. Pretty girlfriend Joan Barclay (as Ann Mitchell) and the "kids" think Mr. Fowley is innocent. Bumbling Billy Gilbert (as Knobby) and Guinn Williams (as Luke Manning) are crooked adversaries. Jaw-dropping moments to watch for include: the gang's brief swimsuit scene, Mr. Morrison's "white-wash" after chicken-thieving (he cries out "Deliver me from temptation!" in the coop), and Mr. Ryan's scene-stealing shoe beating.

**** Mr. Wise Guy (2/20/42) William Nigh ~ Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Billy Gilbert, Dick Ryan


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