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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Bobby Jordan ...
Huntz Hall ...
Glimpy Stone
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Knobby
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Luke Manning (as Guinn Williams)
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Bill Collins
Joan Barclay ...
Ann Mitchell
Warren Hymer ...
Dratler
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Dorothy Melton
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Jim Barnes
Gabriel Dell ...
Charlie Manning
Sidney Miller ...
Charlie Horse
David Gorcey ...
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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20 February 1942 (USA)  »

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Os Anjos e os Gangsters  »

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Two Three Stooges "foils" are in this film. The Late greats: Mr. Stanley Blystone who plays a uncredited bit as a police officer and Mr. Benny Rubin who plays a waiter in a scene with the late great Billy Gilbert. See more »

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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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Entertaining East Side Kids Feature
1 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This entertaining light feature offers plenty of good-natured mischief and banter from Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, and the rest of the 'East Side Kids'. The story puts together some elements that were often recycled in the various features of the series, and it is used to set up some confrontations that combine amusement and action. This feature came from the middle of the series, when the interaction of the characters plus a few familiar plot ideas had come together well enough to carry a movie like this without a lot of extra help.

The story setup has the gang getting wrongly blamed for a theft and being sent to reform school, while the older brother of Danny (Jordan) is also arrested for a more serious crime. There are also a number of other scenes, especially early in the movie, that use their humorous confrontations with adults to establish the boys as restless but misunderstood.

The familiar ad-libbing and horseplay from Gorcey and the other regulars in the series works particularly well here, and the script almost seems to have been written so as to provide as many opportunities for it as possible. Billy Gilbert also pitches in with his comic talents, as a befuddled crook, and Guinn Williams is a believable if rather stoic heavy. Overall, it's not really anything new, but it's a familiar combination that provides solid entertainment for an hour or so.


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