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Smart Alecks (1942)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  7 August 1942 (USA)
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Danny helps to capture a wanted criminal and receives a $200 reward. However, he has a falling out with the gang when they believe he should share the money with them. Complications ensue ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Danny
Huntz Hall ...
Gabriel Dell ...
Hank
Stanley Clements ...
Stash
Bobby Stone ...
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy)
David Gorcey ...
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
Butch Brocalli (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
Roger Pryor ...
Joe Reagan
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Ruth
Walter Woolf King ...
Dr. Ormsby
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Captain Bronson
Joe Kirk ...
Sam Bernard ...
Dr. Thomas
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Danny helps to capture a wanted criminal and receives a $200 reward. However, he has a falling out with the gang when they believe he should share the money with them. Complications ensue when the crook that Danny helped capture escapes from jail and comes looking for him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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CALLING ALL COPS! They've got a date with THE RIOT SQUAD! See more »

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Quotes

Muggs McGinnis: Where'd you just come from?
Hank Salka: From the closet.
Muggs McGinnis: What are ya doin' in the closet?
Glimpy: He's got secrets.
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Follows Pride of the Bowery (1940) See more »

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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
(1866)
Music by J.A. Butterfield
Lyrics by George W. Johnson
Played on harmonica by Huntz Hall and danced by Ernest Morrison
Reprised by them both while in jail
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Bobby Jordan Hits a Homer
15 March 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

During a game of street baseball, angelic slugger Bobby Jordan (as Danny Stevens) scores a hit by capturing dangerous bank robber Max Rosenbloom (as Butch Brocalli). Young Mr. Jordan secretly plans to spend the $200 reward money on new baseball uniforms for "The East Side Kids". But, leader Leo Gorcey (as Muggs McGinnis) wants the money to be split seven ways, with fellow club-mates Stanley Clements (as Stash), Huntz Hall (as Glimpy), Bobby Stone (as Skinny), Ernest Morrison (as Scruno), and David Gorcey (as Peewee).

Misunderstandings put Jordan at odds with his former pals. And, bad becomes worse when former "East Side Kid" Gabriel Dell (as Henry "Hank" Salko) returns, to warn the gang that Mr. Rosenbloom is out of prison, and prowling for Jordan...

"Smart Alecks" uses its cast well. The film's line-up of performers is a classic, and the storyline is a good representation of this particular Bowery boy era. "Introducing Stanley 'Stash' Clements" leads the credits; a good addition to the team, Mr. Clements looks very much like he was brought in as a possible replacement for one of the Gorcey brothers (which is more precisely what happened, in 1956). And, Jordan's pretty sister Gale Storm (as Ruth Stevens) is a treat.

****** Smart Alecks (8/7/42) Wallace Fox ~ Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Stanley Clements, Gale Storm


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