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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...
Mr. Wise Guy -- Sent to reform school after getting into trouble, the East Side Kids have to escape and help find the real killer responsible for the murder that has been unfairly blamed on Danny's brother.


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Release Date:
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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Mr. Wise Guy is another enjoyable East Side Kids flick with the added treat of Billy Gilbert in tow See more (8 total) »


  (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)

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
Glen Glenn .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
Johnny Lange .... musical director (as Lange)
Lew Porter .... musical director (as Porter)
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Also Known As:
70 min | USA:58 min (2005 DVD release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #8062)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.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 Follow the Leader (1944)See more »


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Mr. Wise Guy is another enjoyable East Side Kids flick with the added treat of Billy Gilbert in tow, 27 June 2015
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

This was another East Side Kids flick in which the boys are sent to reform school for a crime they did not commit. One of the boys has an older brother who's also doing some time and is on the way to death row for also being framed. I'll stop there and just say that it's always a treat to see Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall whenever they banter on screen and Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison as Scruno is also pretty funny as well. This one has the added treat of seeing Billy Gilbert as the flustered stooge to a couple of real bad guys when he has to get some money for them. He's especially funny when dealing with a waiter played by Benny Rubin. All I'll say now is Mr. Wise Guy is worth a look.

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