Claude Pierce is delighted to move in with his father, Jay Pierce, a struggling architect living in lower Manhattan, for the six months the divorce agreement of his parents specified. He's come at a particularly bad time for his classmate, Gig Stevens, whose father is to be executed that night for murder, so he's treated badly by Gig as well as Gig's pal, Buck Murphy, and their gang. But he takes boxing lessons and holds his own in a fight with the older and heavier Buck, so he is grudgingly accepted into the gang. Their chief interest is to get a proper tombstone for Gig's father, costing $80. When stealing and selling tires proves too slow, Claude suggests burglarizing some rich kid's home for his toys, and pawning them. Claude leads them to a house at night, where rich looking toys are found, stolen and pawned. However, a suspicious policeman has them brought before a judge where Claude eventually confesses they were his toys; he knew his mother was away and the house was ...Written by
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Rowland Brown was the original director, but he was replaced after one week by W.S. Van Dyke, who reshot most of Brown's footage. This was the 4th time another director completed a film which Brown started. See more »
When the boys are running away towards the end and meet in the cemetery, there's a part in the scene where you can see a man walking across in the background. See more »
[on New York City]
Well, all I see is squalor and dirt. And unpleasantly swarthy people.
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Without this film anyone having a classic movie collection just thinks they have a classic movie collection. It is a fine old movie with lots of good, old-fashioned humor in it.
Most of all, it has three of the top child actors preceeding World War II. All three of these came together just one time to do a movie. And, do a movie they did. See Freddie Bartholomew, Mickey Rooney, and Jackie Cooper star together as, once again, good triumphs over evil.
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