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Mr. Wise Guy (1942)

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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), ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Huntz Hall ...
Glimpy Stone
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Luke Manning (as Guinn Williams)
Bill Collins
Joan Barclay ...
Ann Mitchell
Warren Hymer ...
Dorothy Melton
Jack Mulhall ...
Jim Barnes
Gabriel Dell ...
Charlie Manning
Sidney Miller ...
Charlie Horse
David Gorcey ...
Bobby Stone ...
Chalky Jones
Dick Ryan ...
Jed Miller


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance






Release Date:

20 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Wise Guy  »

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| (2005 DVD release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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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Followed by Million Dollar Kid (1944) See more »

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Insult to Injury
15 March 2009 | by (Earth) – 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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