Boys' Ranch (1946)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  18 July 1946 (USA)
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Based on the actual "Boy's Ranch" located in Oldham County, Texas northwest of Amarillo, Texas. The ranch was started in 1939 by ex-wrestler Cal Farley of Amarillo as a home for ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ...
Skip Homeier ...
Skippy (as Skippy Homeier)
Dorothy Patrick ...
Susan Walker
Davis Banton
Sharon McManus ...
Mary Walker
Minor Watson ...
Mr. Harper
Geraldine Wall ...
Mrs. Harper
Arthur Space ...
Mr. O'Neill
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Druggist (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Moroni Olsen ...
Judge Henderson


Based on the actual "Boy's Ranch" located in Oldham County, Texas northwest of Amarillo, Texas. The ranch was started in 1939 by ex-wrestler Cal Farley of Amarillo as a home for underprivileged boys when rancher Julian Bivins donated the old Tascosa courthouse and 120 acres of land for Farley's project. It started with Farley and his wife and nine boys, and currently has over 400 boys and fifty buildings on 4000 acres of farm/ranch land and its own post office and school. Now known as Cal Farley's Boy's Ranch. This film is a semi-western version of MGM's earlier "Boy's Town" plot-wise in which a snarling little petty thief and liar (played by, who else, Skip Homeier in a repeat of his Nazi brat in "Tomorrow the World") who comes to the ranch and immediately makes problems. His comeuppance and redemption is a foregone conclusion, although many viewing the film were rooting for him to end up in Tascosa's old Boot Hill. James Craig and Dorothy Patrick play the characters of Cal Farley ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

18 July 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Minorenni pericolose  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Skippy kicks off his shoes and dives into the water to rescue his friend Hank. After he drags Hank to the shore, Skippy no longer has his socks but is barefoot. See more »


Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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13 July 2010 | by (Ghent, KY) – See all my reviews

I want to rush to the defense of Butch Jenkins, railed at by another reviewer who found his performance to be "wooden." Perhaps he wasn't paying attention, but "wooden" was what his character was supposed to be. He played a boy who had been raised by an old grandfather with very little understanding of childhood, leaving Jenkins' character an emotionally distant little adult, with very little experience or understanding of child-like pleasures. I caught this movie about a month ago and Jenkins was the best thing about this movie. It was nice to see Skip Homier in another youthful role after "Tomorrow the World," though I wasn't terribly impressed with his performance. A major plot devices was rather simplistic and contrived: A rich man will give the land for the ranch if it does well, but after one of the lamest thefts in movie history, he may reconsider and the whole future of the ranch is threatened.

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