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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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 »


Followed by The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954) See more »


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In his usual pugnacious manner
7 November 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Bowery Boys made their screen debut after being revamped from the East Side Kids in Live Wires. As this was Gorcey family affair the other kids with the exception of Huntz Hall were gradually reduced to being little more than extras. You'll see Bernard Gorcey, but not in his familiar role as Louie Dumbrowski owner of the Sweet Shop where they hang out.

Leo Gorcey in his usual pugnacious manner loses the job he has with a construction company. His patient sister Pamela Blake who also works there gets him a job with the District Attorney as a process server. It's a job where Gorcey's kind of aggressiveness comes in handy as do his pals when he needs them.

He certainly does need them when he tries to serve Mike Mazurki who's a triggerman for the city racket's Mr. Big. There's a great scene with Mazurki and Gorcey with Gorcey getting sloshed as he tries to serve Mazurki. The help he needs to get out of that fix is somewhat tardy in arriving.

The Bowery Boys series gets off to a fine start with Live Wires.

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