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Mr. Wise Guy -- 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...


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20 February 1942 (USA) See more »
Mr. Wise Guy (the eighth in the East Side Kids series) finds the gang sent to the Wilton Reform School... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs
Bobby Jordan ... Danny
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy Stone

Billy Gilbert ... Knobby
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Luke Manning (as Guinn Williams)

Douglas Fowley ... Bill Collins
Joan Barclay ... Ann Mitchell
Warren Hymer ... Dratler

Ann Doran ... Dorothy Melton
Jack Mulhall ... Jim Barnes
Gabriel Dell ... Charlie Manning
Sidney Miller ... Charlie Horse
David Gorcey ... Peewee
Bobby Stone ... Chalky Jones
Dick Ryan ... Jed Miller
Benny Rubin ... Second Waiter
Bill Lawrence ... Skinny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Blystone ... Policeman (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Spectator (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ... Man in Newsreel with Prize Money (uncredited)
Ernest Morrison ... Scruno (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Reformatory Guard (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Nigh 
Writing credits
Martin Mooney (original story)

Sam Robins (screenplay) &
Harvey Gates (screenplay) &
Jack Henley (screenplay)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Barney A. Sarecky .... associate producer (as Barney Sarecky)
Jack Dietz .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur Reed (photographed by) (as Art Reed)
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson  (as Carl Pearson)
Art Direction by
George Van Marter  (as G.C. Van Marter)
Production Management
Ed W. Rote .... production manager (as Ed. W. Rote)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Hammond .... assistant director (as Art Hammond)
Gerald Schnitzer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Buddy Myers .... sound engineer
Percy R. Glenn .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
Johnny Lange .... musical director (as Lange)
Lew Porter .... musical director (as Porter)
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70 min | USA:58 min (2005 DVD release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #8062)

Did You Know?

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 »
Jed Miller - Abusive Reformatory Guard:Which one of you is Ethelbert McGinnis?
Glimpy Stone:Ethelbert? Imagine someone with a moniker like that? We have a McGinnis , but no Ethelbert.
Jed Miller - Abusive Reformatory Guard:Come on! One of you guys is Ethelbert! Now who is it?
Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis:[Muggs,waking from a nap, hearing the name, sheepishly answers] I'm Ethelbert.
Glimpy Stone:[Glimpy stunned. says] Now I'm completely disillusioned!
Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis:Now how about we forget this Ethelbert name business?
Jed Miller - Abusive Reformatory Guard:Listen wise guy...
Ethelbert 'Muggs' McGinnis:That's Mr. Wise Guy to you!
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Insult to Injury, 15 March 2009
Author: wes-connors from Earth

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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