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Rafael E. Portas
Carlos López Moctezuma
Sach is informed that he is the heir to the fortune of a high society mogul. When he arrives for the reading of the will, he discovers that the real heir is a young boy, and that Sach's birth certificate had been forged by family members who don't want the youngster to inherit all the money. Sach and the gang determine to expose the relatives' scheme and see that the boy gets what is rightfully his. Written by
Now how anyone at the Motion Picture Academy could possibly have confused this High Society with the classic High Society that came out the following year is beyond me. But they did and contributed to one of the great faux pas in the history of Hollywood.
This film which came out in 1955 through a clerical error of massive proportions got an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay which must have sent writer/director Edward Bernds into cardiac arrest. The better known High Society came out in 1956 so the Academy did not even get the year right. Bernds had the graciousness and good sense to turn the nomination down.
With no Cole Porter songs or Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to sing them, this High Society involves a scam to use one Horace DeBussy Jones in a scam to deprive young heir Ronald Keith of the inheritance from his grandfather Terwilliger Jones. Since that is Huntz Hall's actual character name, the very high falutin' nature of that name with a little doctoring of Hall's actual birth certificate and certain other unscrupulous relatives have manufactured another heir.
Someone not as essentially decent as Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall were would have wanted a decent cut of the scam when they found out about it. But they wouldn't be the Bowery Boys then.
This rather ordinary entry in this series becomes a Hollywood legend. Positively stupefying.
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