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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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This film received its initial telecast in the New York City area Wednesday 7 June 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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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Monogram's piggy bank busted wide open for good cast
4 December 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Monogram's Sam Katzman busted the studio piggy bank and came up with an unusually good and familiar cast of character players for the East Side Kids in Mr. Wise Guy. The story centers around the efforts of the lads to save Bobby Jordan's brother Douglas Fowley from the chair. That is if they can bust out of the reform school they're in.

Turns out the same guy Guinn Williams is responsible for the fix both brothers are in. The kids unwittingly help henchmen Billy Gilbert and Warren Hymer with Williams crashing out of Blackwell's Island and then are left with the stolen truck that was used. Then Williams and the gang stickup a drugstore and kill the clerk and Williams commandeers a car driven by Fowley for the getaway.

Billy Gilbert dusted off his eternally flustered character so familiar in major films like On The Avenue and His Girl Friday as the incredibly dopey henchman. Williams must keep him around for laughs because he really isn't much good for anything else. Williams gives him a chore to get the money for his getaway with a good sweepstakes ticket, but his moll Ann Doran decides to cash in herself with that one. Some days you can't trust anyone even if they're too stupid to think of a doublecross themselves.

Mr. Wise Guy is the usual East Side Kids Monogram programmer on the cheap side. But the character players especially Gilbert make this one a bit above average.


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