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Trouble Makers (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 2 January 1949 (USA)
Slip and Sach are in the sidewalk star-gazing business when they see a murder committed in a room at the El Royale Hotel, blocks away. In spite of the fussy-and-fidget objections of the ... See full summary »

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Ben Feathers
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'Hatchet' Moran
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'Silky' Thomas
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Ann Prescott
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Mr. Andre Schmidtlap - Hotel Manager
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Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
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Police Captain Madison
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Needles - the Tailor
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William Ruhl ...
Police Sergeant Jones
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Slip and Sach are in the sidewalk star-gazing business when they see a murder committed in a room at the El Royale Hotel, blocks away. In spite of the fussy-and-fidget objections of the hotel manager, Andre Schmidtlapp, the Bowery Boys and their friend Police Officer Gabe Moreno search the murder room and find nothing beyond learning that the room is occupied by "Silky" Thomas. Police Captain Madison reprimands Gabe for leaving his beat on a false alarm, but later tips from Slip and Sach help Gabe lead raids on Silky's gambling operations. The latter sends Gabe's former friend "Feathers" to Gabe with a bribe offer but Gabe refuses. The boys read about the killing of a Professor Prescott and identify him as the man they saw murdered. Slip and Sach tell the professor's daughter, Ann Prescott, they will find her father's killers, and they get jobs as bellhops at the hotel. "Hatchet", one of the gangsters, thinks Sach is a former cell-mate and this causes a complication or two along the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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EVERYBODY'S LAUGHING...BUT LEO! He's on a merry-go-round with murder...ten stories above the ground! See more »

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Substitute Coach (Director) Makes Good
30 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ONCE AGAIN WE find ourselves amazed that so many of these BOWERY BOYS series entries are so much better than we remember them. This flies in the face of the usual disappointment we find when some film or other just doesn't live up to the expectations that our fallible, human memories so often conjure up.

RIGHT FROM THE get go, we can see that this will be a delight for fans of the boys. The opening situation sets the stage. The establishment of the premise of having the boys at odds with a criminal enterprise, while not so very original or refreshing, is well founded and strengthened by the presence of former BB member, Gabe Moreno (Gabriel Dell)now being a rookie NYPD foot patrolman on their beat.

THERE SEEMS TO be an even greater supply of great malaprop for 'Slips' dialogue than usual. These are a definite lifeline and a real plus for any BOWERY BOYS outing.

ONE PARTICULAR ELEMENT that was a central tenet of the various DEAD END KIDS/EAST SIDE KIDS/BOWERY BOYS series was a sort of Urban Myth about "that Old Gang of Mine." It tends to romanticize the "honor" of being a tough, street-wise and under-educated member of class on the lower rung on the socio-economic ladder. It's always a sure fire route to success for on screen comedies.

TO OUR WAY of thinking, this theory of ours is a sort of modern Urban society's version of the long held theory of "The Noble Savage." In l this highly flawed (and widely discredited) Anthropological theory, primitive peoples are inherently much more moral, loving and genteel than their much more civilized relatives (us).

THERE IS SOME definite merit in this thesis, so think about it, okay, Schultz? (It's our own original idea-as far as we know!)

OUR IMPRESSIONS OF why this was another superior outing are many. It has a larger supporting cast, which features names like: Frankie Darro, Lionel Stander, John Ridgely, Helen Parrish and Fritz Feld. The Bowery Boys were now minus Bobby Jordan; but as we said, Gabriel Dell was present to add his talents to those of "Slip" (Leo Gorcey), "Sach: (Huntz Hall) and the other regulars (Dave Gorcey, Billy Benedict, Bennie Bartlett and "Louie:-father Bernard Gorcey.

MISSING FROM THE credits is the name of their usual Director. William "One Shot Bill" Beaudine was replaced by Reginald Le Borg, a more recent arrival from the European movie scene. His was a specialty in "B" horror flicks and he did a lot of television work in the 1950's.

WHEN THE TOTAL output of the DEAD END KIDS/EAST SIDE KIDS/BOWERT BOYS movies are filmed and their total effect on our pop cultural pool is considered, we wonder why the team of Leo Gorcey & Huntz Hall is mot considered to be a legitimate Movie Comedy Team. along with Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, both the Brothers Marx and Ritz, the 3 Stooges, Wheeler & Woolsey, Clarke & McCullough, Noonan & Marshall.....................


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