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Hold That Baby! (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy | 26 June 1949 (USA)
Slip (Leo Gorcey) and Sach (Huntz Hall) lose their jobs with a laundry company after they wreck the delivery truck. They talk Louie (Bernard Gorcey) into using the back room of his Malt ... See full summary »

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Slip (Leo Gorcey) and Sach (Huntz Hall) lose their jobs with a laundry company after they wreck the delivery truck. They talk Louie (Bernard Gorcey) into using the back room of his Malt Shop for a laundromat. Laura Andrews (Anabel Shaw) leaves her baby wrapped in a bundle at the launderette to hide him from her neurotic aunts, Hope (Ida Moore)and Faith Andrews (Florence Auer), who have Laura committed to a sanitarium in a plot to gain the rich estate left by their brother to his grandson, Laura's baby. Sach finds the baby and the Bowery Boys hold onto him because of Laura's note that she will return. Meanwhile, mobster "Bananas" Stewart (Gabriel Dell sees the baby and he and "Cherry-Nose" inform the aunts that they will return him for the offered $25,000 reward. The aunts offer them an additional $25,000 if they will keep him hidden until after the will is read. Slip does not see this as a good plan, and investigates the matter further. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Leo is a "Little Mother" Now! The whole gang is diaper-daffy...when the infant heir to millions turns up in their washing machine! See more »

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The 14th of 48 Bowery Boys movies. See more »

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Slip Mahoney: I'm a victim of my own verbacity, and I don't even know what that is.
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Followed by Bowery Battalion (1951) See more »

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Five Bowery Boys and a Baby
5 April 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The habitually unemployed "Bowery Boys" are losers at the laundromat; so, entrepreneurial Leo Gorcey (as Slip Mahoney) decides to "take in" laundry, using the spare room at father Bernard (as "Louie")'s Sweet Shop". As usual, Mr. Gorcey is amusingly assisted by Huntz Hall (as Sach De Bussy Jones), who fantasizes about "Cynthia", his department store wax dummy girlfriend. William "Billy" Benedict (as Whitey), Benny "Bennie" Bartlett (as Butch), and David Gorcey (as Chuck) are also on hand. During the expected washing machine mishaps, a mysterious woman (Anabel Shaw) leaves a baby at "Mahoney Enterprises"...

"Hold That Baby!" finds the comedy team of Gorcey & Hall in fine form. Hall's scenes with "Cynthia" are a highlight, along with the entire "Midvale Sanitarium" sequence - watch as quick-thinking Gorcey passes Hall off as a nut-house hopeful, and poses as a bumbling doctor. The Charles R. Marion & George Schnitzer screenplay is excellent; and, each Jan Grippo performer is perfectly cast, with the entire production running very smoothly. It's ably directed by Reginald Le Borg, and features particularly outstanding appearances by Ida Moore and Florence Auer (as Faith and Hope Andrews), a delightfully greedy old duo.

******** Hold That Baby! (6/26/49) Reginald Le Borg ~ Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Ida Moore, Florence Auer


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