Live Wires (1946)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  12 January 1946 (USA)
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Slip gets fired from his job at a construction company for decking his boss. His sister, who got him a job at the company, is angry with him. Slip manages to get a job with the District ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Huntz Hall ...
Patsy 'Pat' Clark
Bobby Jordan ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
William Frambes ...
Claudia Drake ...
Pamela Blake ...
Mary Mahoney
John Eldredge ...
Herbert L. Sayers
Patti Brill ...
Mabel, the Waitress
Bernard Gorcey ...
Jack Kane
Bill Christy ...
Boyfriend (Dynamite Doyle) (as Billy Christy)
Nancy Brinckman ...
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Mr. Barton (as Robert E. Keane)
Earle Hodgins ...


Slip gets fired from his job at a construction company for decking his boss. His sister, who got him a job at the company, is angry with him. Slip manages to get a job with the District Attorney serving warrants, as does Sach. Through his job, Slip finds out that all is not quite kosher at his old construction company, and that his sister may be in danger. Written by

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Release Date:

12 January 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Cadáver Esperto  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first of 48 Bowery Boys movies. In 1945, when East Side Kids producer Sam Katzman refused to grant Leo Gorcey's request to double his weekly salary, Gorcey quit the series, formed his own production company (owning 40% of it) with his agent Jan Grippo called Jan Grippo Productions, revamped the format including getting rid of the teenaged stories and rechristened the series The Bowery Boys (i.e., "Leo Gorcey and The Bowery Boys"). See more »


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The Right Sort of Man
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Sung by Claudia Drake at the nightclub
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Leo Gorcey at it again, trying to get ahead.
10 March 2010 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Well, this one opens with Slip Mahoney (Leo Gorcey) losing his job as a taxi driver, and coming home to his sister Mary (Pamela Blake) and friends... check out that dolled up, rolled-up 1940s hair-do on Blake! Huntz Hall is "Sach Jones", Slip's sidekick; Acc to IMDb, they would work or appear together 69 times! Keep an eye out for Bernard Gorcey (Leo's real dad) as Jack Kane at the soda fountain. Also keep an eye out for Bill Benedict, the blond-haired tall skinny guy in all those films from the 1940s.. he was called "Whitie" in most of the roles he played. Slip tries various schemes to earn some money, with mixed results along the way... mostly bad. This post- WW II film shows life on the gritty side of town, and the difficulty in getting work, with some humor thrown in along the way. Not bad. A film that's short & sweet, mostly a more mature version of the "Muggs Maloney" characters Gorcey had played in the early 1940s. A bit more slapstick right at the end than I like, but they got some mile-age out of real-life wrestler Mike Mazurki. Also a pleasant number "The Right Kind of Man" sung by Claudia Drake in the nightclub. Phil Karlson directed this 65 minute shortie from Monogram Pictures.

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