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"In the terminology of the racetrack, I'm known as 'Hot Dog' Mahoney."
Twenty-ninth entry in the Bowery Boys series and first released after Monogram "retired" and began producing pictures exclusively under the Allied Artists name. This one starts off with the Boys once again trying to help Louie out with his bills and, once again, causing more problems than they solve. Slip is working on an old jalopy to enter into a race so he can win the prize money. Things aren't looking so hot until Sach accidentally invents a new kind of fuel that makes the car go faster.
So no, this is not the movie that finally earned the Bowery Boys an Oscar nod. But it is fun for what it is, with Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall having a good time and Bernard Gorcey stealing scenes as Louie the Sweet Shop owner. David Gorcey and Bennie Bartlett are the other members of the gang. Neither does anything to brag about. Jane Easton is the obligatory eye candy. Robert Lowery (looking a little rough for his 39 years) is the bad guy. Leon Belasco is amusing as a tacked-on 'nutty professor' character. It's not one of the best in the series but it is solid. I liked all the old car stuff, even if some of it is reused footage from another film. Funniest scene is probably Sach chasing after his hat and causing turmoil on the racetrack.
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