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Johnny Holiday (1949)

Young street tough sent to a reform farm is torn between friends from his past and those who are trying to help him change his life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Walker
Allen Martin Jr. ...
Johnny Holiday
Mrs. Holiday
Herbert Newcomb ...
Dr. Piper
Donald Gallagher ...
Supt. Lang
Jack Hagen ...
Barney Duggan
Henry F. Schricker ...
Himself (as Gov. Henry F. Schricker)
Leo Cleary ...
Leo Curley ...
Alma Platt ...
Miss Kelly
Jean Juvelier ...
Mrs. Bellini (as Jeanne Juvelier)
Buddy Cole ...
Buddy Cole


The reform school boy Johnny Holiday has to choose between his buddies who are more interested in living outside the law and those who want him to live within it. Through the careful tutelage of his reformatory drill sergeant Walker, who becomes a father figure to the boy, he eventually learns that life is far sweeter on the good side than the bad. Written by Robert

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

5 January 1951 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Boys' Prison  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When this film was re-released in 1955 with the title "Boy's Prison", it was on a double bill with Too Late for Tears (1949), which was retitled as "Killer Bait". See more »

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Good family movie
27 March 2011 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I lived at the Boys School in one of the cottages where my parents were house parents when this movie was made. I have an original script signed by the actors and crew. Also many pictures my father took during the time the movie was made and at the premier in Indy with such stars as Jane Russell and Bob Hope. We had small roles and I still have my W-2 for the $25.00 earned as an extra.

I would love a print of the movie as it has been years since I have seen it. I didn't know copies existed yet. I am surprised that it is never shown on any of the movie channels as it was a good movie and good story line. Bendix and Carmichael were well known and still are respected as good actors.

William Bendix was signed only after Wallace Beery was not able to be in the film.

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