A street kid has dreams of becoming a jockey. He gets his chance when he and his gang discover a poor old man who has a championship race horse. The man agrees to let the boy ride his horse... See full summary »
A young man just released from a reformatory moves to a new neighborhood with his sister, intending to start a new life. However, he gets mixed up with the local mob boss and corrupt ... See full summary »
A paroled convict's efforts to improve conditions at a boys' reform school alarm the school's corrupt warden, who has been embezzling funds from the institution. He hatches a plan to derail... See full summary »
Ewald André Dupont,
The 'Dead End' Kids,
The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger,... See full summary »
Final outings of comedy teams have not always met with success. Take Laurel and Hardy, with Utopia(1951) or the Three Stooges and Kook's Tour(1970). Both were sad farewells. Here it is more of the same for the two leads of the Bowery Boys. While it is good to see them one more time(and perhaps many fans have never had a chance to see this film), it doesn't seem like they were given any written dialogue, but instead were told to add lib. Huntz Hall comes off best, although he seems to be stuck on the word, "peasant". With Leo Gorcey, it seems the time off had hurt his acting skills. There are no close-ups on him and it's almost as if this were on purpose. For some reason he almost shouts out all his dialogue. What is most upsetting, is that they disappear before the end of the picture. You kept on expecting them to pop up again but they never do! There is one saving grace, though. The producer or director was wise enough to let them have some exchanges with the legendary Minnie Pearl. It was as if Hee Haw Meets the Bowery Boys! Arnold Stang is a joy, particularly in the opening credits. But as with Leo and Huntz, he is not to be found at the end. Maybe the budget was tight, but for whatever reason this hurt the picture as a whole. The musical numbers on the other hand were all classic. Among the songs are, Blue Moon of Kentucky by Bill Monroe, & Abilene by George Hamilton IV. Johnny Cash fans might want to watch this just to see a rare impersonation of him by Dell Reeves. It's extremely funny. The camera work on the song segments could have been better, but then again, this wasn't made at MGM! Unfortunately there are no extra's on the DVD.
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