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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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Writers:
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Release Date:
20 February 1942 (USA) See more »
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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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Monogram's piggy bank busted wide open for good cast See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (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
Percy R. Glenn .... sound (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Johnny Lange .... musical director (as Lange)
Lew Porter .... musical director (as Porter)
 
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Runtime:
70 min | USA:58 min (2005 DVD release)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #8062)

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
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 Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943)See more »

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Monogram's piggy bank busted wide open for good cast, 4 December 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Monogram's Sam Katzman busted the studio piggy bank and came up with an unusually good and familiar cast of character players for the East Side Kids in Mr. Wise Guy. The story centers around the efforts of the lads to save Bobby Jordan's brother Douglas Fowley from the chair. That is if they can bust out of the reform school they're in.

Turns out the same guy Guinn Williams is responsible for the fix both brothers are in. The kids unwittingly help henchmen Billy Gilbert and Warren Hymer with Williams crashing out of Blackwell's Island and then are left with the stolen truck that was used. Then Williams and the gang stickup a drugstore and kill the clerk and Williams commandeers a car driven by Fowley for the getaway.

Billy Gilbert dusted off his eternally flustered character so familiar in major films like On The Avenue and His Girl Friday as the incredibly dopey henchman. Williams must keep him around for laughs because he really isn't much good for anything else. Williams gives him a chore to get the money for his getaway with a good sweepstakes ticket, but his moll Ann Doran decides to cash in herself with that one. Some days you can't trust anyone even if they're too stupid to think of a doublecross themselves.

Mr. Wise Guy is the usual East Side Kids Monogram programmer on the cheap side. But the character players especially Gilbert make this one a bit above average.

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