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10th Ave Kid (1938)

Tenth Avenue Kid (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 22 August 1938 (USA)
A hardboiled police detective goes soft when he takes in a young boy to get him to spill the beans on a bank robbery.


Bernard Vorhaus


Gordon Kahn (screenplay), Gordon Kahn (original story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Bruce Cabot ... Jim 'Silk' Loomis
Beverly Roberts ... Susan Holland
Ben Welden ... Marty Dayton
Horace McMahon ... Max Hooker
John Wray ... Joe Turner
Jay Novello ... Hobart
Charles C. Wilson ... Commissioner
Byron Foulger ... Dr. Belknap
Paul Bryar ... Wheeler
Walter Sande ... Detective Faber
Ralph Dunn ... Detective Egan
Julian Petruzzi Julian Petruzzi ... Jerry Simons


A hardboiled police detective goes soft when he takes in a young boy to get him to spill the beans on a bank robbery.

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

22 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

10th Ave Kid See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Should have gone to Boys Town
25 April 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I guess Boys Town hadn't been founded yet or otherwise young Tommy Ryan would have been sent there. But he has information as to the identity of a gang he helps pull an armored car heist with. So Bruce Cabot has to get it out of him one way or another, but Ryan's a tough 10th Avenue Kid.

So help me God in this film that includes shooting his father John Wray who was one of the gang and then trying to adopt young Ryan. This all the while reporter Beverly Roberts keeps writing some unflattering articles about.

Although the cast tries their best 10th Avenue Kid is a third rate ripoff of Boys Town where Bruce Cabot and Tommy Ryan try to be Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. Being that Cabot is a reporter and not a priest he's allowed a love interest in Roberts. His household consists also of punch drunk pug Horace McMahon who understands Ryan a lot better than Cabot does at times.

The cast gives some sincere performances and Ben Welden is also quite good as the head of the gang Wray and Ryan were part of. But the story is just way too preposterous.

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