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Triple Trouble (1950)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 13 August 1950 (USA)
Slip, Sach, Whitey, Butch and Chuck witness a warehouse robbery, and are arrested and jailed on suspicion. Gabe Moreno, their lawyer-friend gets them released on bail. Since the charge of ... See full summary »

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Bat Armstrong (as Pat Collins)
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Benny the Blood (as Joseph Turkel)
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Squirrely Davis
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Hobo Barton
Jonathan Hale ...
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Slip, Sach, Whitey, Butch and Chuck witness a warehouse robbery, and are arrested and jailed on suspicion. Gabe Moreno, their lawyer-friend gets them released on bail. Since the charge of suspicion is one that the prosecutors appear to believe can be easily proved, the gang is awaiting trail, when Whitey, a short-wave radio fan, picks up information that leads him to believe that instructions for the warehouse robbery and others are given by an inmate in the penitentiary to his pals on the outside via short-wave radio. When the five go on trail, Slip and Sach plead guilty so that they may be imprisoned and the other three are given probation. Once in the Big House, Slip and Sach learn immediately learn that two notorious gangsters, Pretty Boy Gleason and Benny the Blood, expected to arrive at the prison have received a last-minute stay-of-sentence, so they decide to pose as Pretty Boy and Benny, in order to be readily accepted among the Cons and learn which of them is the one sending ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Slip points out to Whitey an ad for a pool cue that costs $19.95. That would be the equivalent of nearly $200 in 2016. See more »

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When Slip and Satch first arrive at their prison cell door, a shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on the wall above and forward of the prison guard. See more »

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Follows News Hounds (1947) See more »

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By Dunb Luck or the blessings of the Lord, Great Entry
14 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THEY STARTED WITH a vague title and finished up with a weak ending. In between the two "bookends" director Jean Yarbrough & the production put together about as entertaining, funny and even somewhat as complex an entry into the BOWEERY BOYS Series as there was.

STARTING WITH THE premise of a botched attempt by the Boys to prevent a robbery and their unlikely status of being charged with the crime (the stick-up gang got away) and their trial, both Slip (Leo Gorcey) and Sach (Huntz Hall) take to pleading guilty and, after refusing to accept Probation from the Judge (Jonathon Hale) go off to the State Penitentiary. all of this in spite of the efforts of their lawyer, Gabe Moreno (Gabriel Dell).

THERE IS SOME indication of this entry's being greatly influenced by some of the popular Film Noir and other gangster pictures that had been so very popular at the time. So many elements portrayed point to one in particular; that being WHITE HEAT (Warner Brothers, 1949). The fact that the gang had the leader's mother in it, the in-prison undercover work by Slip & Sach and a a spectacular prison break with hostages all support our assertion.

FURTHERMORE, MORE THAN once the two break into impersonations of Warner Brothers' stars with racketeer resumes. Leo does a fine impersonation of Edward G. Robinson(Gorcey's idol) while Huntz does his best as James Cagney (doing Mr. Cagney's Coady Jarrett psycho from WHITE HEAT).

THEY ALSO EMPLOYED a seemingly greater number of extras and non-credited players, including (surprisingly) Lyle Talbot, unbilled and briefly appearing as a very wise "Screw." (Convict slang for a Prison Guard)

THE REST OF the regular characters does a good job in support, as usual; but, as always, Chuck (David Gorcey), Whitey (Billy Benedict) and Butch (Buddy Gorman) could really have used some more dialogue.


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