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Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947)

Passed  -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  10 May 1947 (USA)
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The Bowery Boys---Slip , Sach, Bobby, Gabe, Whitey, and Chuck---accidentally enter the detective business with the disappearance of a beautiful girl, Eleanor Williams, as their first case ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Gabriel Dell ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
David Gorcey ...
Teala Loring ...
Dan Seymour ...
Dr. Armand
Byron Foulger ...
Prof. Quizard
Patti Brill ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Dr. Rolfe Carter
Danny Beck ...
Lennie the Meatball
Bernard Gorcey ...
Carmen D'Antonio ...
Armand's Receptionist (as Carmen De Antonio)


The Bowery Boys---Slip , Sach, Bobby, Gabe, Whitey, and Chuck---accidentally enter the detective business with the disappearance of a beautiful girl, Eleanor Williams, as their first case to solve. They are retained by Selena, who says she is the missing girl's sister. The disappearance is doubly puzzling because Eleanor has just learned that her long-lost husband, Tom Williams, is returning from South America. Slip and Company trace Eleanor to the apartment of Dr. Rolfe Carter, to whom she first went when Tom was reported missing three years earlier. Slip witnesses the doctor's murder, but does not know who fired the fatal shot. Slip and his friends learn that Dr. Carter was a pseudo-psychic, who was into blackmailing his clients. He is linked with syndicate-chief Armand. The latter, and his henchman, knowing that Slip has information regarding Carter's murder, set out to kill the boys. Written by Les Adams <>

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ANY OLD CLUES! They're Private Dicks And Public Panics As They Track Down A Foxy Frail And A Fortine-Tellin' Felon! See more »


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10 May 1947 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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The sixth of forty-eight Bowery Boys movies. See more »


Gabe 'Gabie': [going in without his glasses] I'll murder this guy if I can see him.
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Followed by No Holds Barred (1952) See more »

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Gumshoe Gorcey
17 April 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

At the "Elite Detective Agency" hoping to collect some much needed funds, "The Bowery Boys" leader Leo Gorcey (as Slip Mahoney) and "sidekick for years" Huntz Hall (as Sach) are mistaken for agency detectives. Mr. Gorcey accepts a $50 retainer from Betty Compson (as Selena Webster) to help find her attractive younger "sister." Bobby Jordan (as Bobby), Gabriel Dell (as Gabe), William "Billy" Benedict (as Whitey), and David Gorcey (as Chuck) are deputized as Gorcey's private dicks. After a few pratfalls, the gang locates Teala Loring (as Eleanor Williams), but she says she's not Ms. Compson's sister.

This series entry is so loosely plotted, you tend to forget what is going on, exactly. The cast is obviously not being used well. Character actor and frequent TV guest star Byron Foulger (as Professor Quizard) enlivens a segment. Points of interest... prematurely nearing the end of her career, Betty Compson was a major film star for a decade, beginning with "The Miracle Man" (1919). Hall says "Sach" was named after the character's "Aunt Satchel". And, irregular regular Dell uncharacteristically appears as a nearsighted addition to the increasingly wallpaper-like, underused supporting "Bowery Boys".

**** Hard Boiled Mahoney (4/26/47) William Beaudine ~ Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Betty Compson, Teala Loring

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