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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 ...
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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
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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| (2005 DVD release)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Gabriel Dell makes his first appearance in the series that his old DeadEnd Gang had started without him. Here he is cast as an adversary named 'Rice Pudding Charlie'. So is Bobby Stone cast here as Dell's partner in crime,'Chalky Jones' See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Melton: Why don't you do something? They are only kids!
Knobby: He's got a gun! It's loaded! I know, I loaded it myself!
Dorothy Melton: I thought you were the kind of man I could go for.
Knobby: What's Luke got that I ain't got?
Dorothy Melton: Brains!
Knobby: That ain't nice!
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The writing occasionally becomes a bit stupid...
5 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The casting in this East Side Kids film is pretty weird. Three guys star as a gang of killers and thieves---yet all three of these guys usually played bumbling idiots (particularly Billy Gilbert). Who would have thought of making Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams the gang leader as well as Warren Hymer as the other gang member?! Odd to say the least.'

Also odd are the occasional logical lapses in writing. For instance, when the boy help a truck driver, the police later arrest them because the truck and its contents were stolen. Instead of looking for the driver, they just assumed the boys were guilty despite no real evidence...and they are sent to reform school. Later, the same sort of thing happens when Danny's straight-arrow brother is accused of murder...there really isn't any evidence and so it's up to the boys to get out of reform school and investigate things themselves (in other words, find one of the crooks and beat him up). A rather dopey episode...but at least it isn't one where Muggs (Leo Gorcey) is so obnoxious and unlikable like he is in "Kid Dynamite" and a few other East Side Kids films!


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