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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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  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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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)

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 »
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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Followed by Mr. Muggs Rides Again (1945)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining East Side Kids Feature, 1 March 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This entertaining light feature offers plenty of good-natured mischief and banter from Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, and the rest of the 'East Side Kids'. The story puts together some elements that were often recycled in the various features of the series, and it is used to set up some confrontations that combine amusement and action. This feature came from the middle of the series, when the interaction of the characters plus a few familiar plot ideas had come together well enough to carry a movie like this without a lot of extra help.

The story setup has the gang getting wrongly blamed for a theft and being sent to reform school, while the older brother of Danny (Jordan) is also arrested for a more serious crime. There are also a number of other scenes, especially early in the movie, that use their humorous confrontations with adults to establish the boys as restless but misunderstood.

The familiar ad-libbing and horseplay from Gorcey and the other regulars in the series works particularly well here, and the script almost seems to have been written so as to provide as many opportunities for it as possible. Billy Gilbert also pitches in with his comic talents, as a befuddled crook, and Guinn Williams is a believable if rather stoic heavy. Overall, it's not really anything new, but it's a familiar combination that provides solid entertainment for an hour or so.

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